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Psychologists Want to Purge Your Brain of Un-Green Thoughts

Think what you're supposed to think ... or else.

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Elizabeth Scalia

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September 9, 2008 - 12:00 am
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Ergo, expect to hear more quotes like this one, rendered to get you more “invested” in the environment:

People know outside is going to feel much better for them but underpredict how happy they’re going to feel after being outside in nature even 15 minutes.

As to debating the issue or listening to opposing viewpoints, we won’t see that:

News stories that provided a balanced view of climate change reduced people’s beliefs that humans are at fault and also reduced the number of people who thought climate change would be bad, according to research by Stanford social psychologist Jon Krosnick.

It would seem that Al Gore was correct then, to eschew any debate on the topic of global warming, and correct again when he ordered the press to stop presenting balance and dissent in their global warming coverage — sorry, primary sources on that story can no longer be found in the archives of the obedient press. When you are trying to peddle the “crisis” mentality necessary to get Americans to hand over power, there is no room to “rap about” the questions or to introduce reason or balance into the non-discussion.

Finally, the generation that would not be judged wants to lay a heavy guilt trip on environmental sinners:

[Social psychologist Jessica Nolan] … found that students are not particularly inclined to disapprove of the non-sustainable behavior of others.

“People showed strong approval for other students who recycled. You would hope to see people disapprove of people who don’t recycle, but they didn’t disapprove,” she says.

But, she says, the response was stronger if the activity was perceived as more harmful: More students said they would scold someone if they saw that person improperly disposing of motor oil.

That’s just what Americans need — more scolding. We don’t get enough from the press, the political parties, and the establishment moralists; now we need to scold each other. Presumably, the next step after finger-wagging at our neighbors for their environmental failings will be informing on them — especially if we’re suspected of not being “green enough” ourselves.

All of this manipulation and social engineering is necessary, you understand, because we’re facing a “crisis.” The environmental “crisis” is the mother lode of guilt-tripping; if it is successful — if people can be made to accept the unprovable theory that humankind, not nature, is responsible for “climate change” — then the tentacles of the nanny state will be able to reach into every aspect of every life, from how one may heat or cool one’s home to how many children one may bear. It will be a necessary intrusion, meant to save the planet. For the children you should not have.

Americans — who are all for reasonable conservation measures, but not at the cost of our personal freedoms — are making it tough on our establishment betters. We’re forcing them to play the headshrinker card on us. If only we would just conform, listen to “the man,” stop questioning, and just judge others, the world would be a better and groovier place.

Now the time has come (Time)
There’s no place to run (Time)
I might get burned up by the sun (Time)
But I had my fun (Time)
I’ve been loved and put aside (Time)
I’ve been crushed by the tumbling tide (Time)
And my soul has been psychedelicized (Time)

The social messages of 1968 reverberate strangely, 40 years later.

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Elizabeth Scalia is a contributing writer to First Things Magazine and the blogger known as The Anchoress.
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