Monday, September 24, 2007

Whatever Happened to Peace?

Christopher Hitchens predicts that Al Gore is about to get the Nobel peace prize for his recent efforts in promoting global-warming denial denialism. Hitch further calls on big Al to take advantage of the status the award would bring and take a run at the Democratic ticket. Good for Al Gore, probably good for America and by proxy the rest of the world, and good for mother Earth.

Kind of ironic though, that with at least two ongoing wars to get worked up about, the closest thing to peace advocacy we can find worthy of rewarding is environmentalism. Maybe they should change the name from "Nobel peace prize" to "Nobel warm-and-fuzzy" prize. At this rate, I predict we're headed for a future Earth teeming with bountiful life, a balanced carbon cycle, an intact ozone layer, completely "natural" temperature cycles, shelled-out terrain, bombed-out buildings, spent ammo and no human beings.

Clearly this is not the 60s. I guess these days we're lucky if pop culture awareness is focused on even one real issue at a time.


6 comments:

Lim Leng Hiong said...

Peace?

I personally believe that US-Americans are unable to do so because uh... some... people out there don't have maps and uh... I believe that our education like such as in South Africa and di-Iraq... everywhere like such as and... I believe that they should uh... our education over HERE in the US should help the US uh... should help South Africa... should help di-Iraq and the Asian countries.

So we will be able to build up our future for our children.

Bayman said...

Lim Leng Hiong,
That's brillian! Have you ever considered entering the Miss America pageant?

Lim Leng Hiong said...

Beauty pageants are always about building up more world peaces for the futures of our children.

I prefer the Miss Congeniality pageant... uh... because I like pizza... and snorting... and the thought of Michael Caine transforming me into a true lady is both sick and disturbing... and helps di-Iraq and the Asian countries.

South African already has Aileen Wuornos... oops I mean Charlize Theron.

God help them.

AC said...

I nominate the monks in Burma for the peace prize. Good job on keeping quality posts on the blog. Don`t forget about the carnival and podcast. I`ll see if I can post later... For now i`m going to a bouddhist monastery. Cheers.

Anonymous said...

the idea that there is no peaceful act meriting a peace prize is profoundly disappointing-i second the motion to nominate the monks-although do it soon-i fear some super specific missiles aimed at Burmese/Myanmarese military establishments nonspecifically hitting monasteries.
peace

Bayman said...

I'm sure there are lots of worthy actions - maybe just not talked about in pop culture today.

The Burmese monks are a great suggestion.

Any others?