Green myths : We have to get back to a natural life.

We live under this pervasive avalanche of propaganda that’s telling us we’re the single fly in the ointment that’s killing an Earth that was somehow an Eden before we appeared to spoil the whole thing; if only we could change.

Yes, if only we could change.

If only we could stand to watch a person die from appendicitis rather than do nasty things like steal bodies and cut them open to find out why they’d died, so we could cut them open when they were still alive, take out their septic appendix and save their lives. As all those right thinking defenders of the Earth know, conventional medicine is somehow not natural so therefore it’s evil; we should be doing that psychic surgery as pioneered by those enterprising individuals in the Philippines or some other stylish nonsense like Aromatherapy, because it’s more natural.

Of course the scalpels we use for such operations are made from steel which we’ve smelted from ores dug out of the Earth and that’s a double no no. Digging into the bowels of Mother Earth and then polluting the environment by manufacturing things? Shame on us, shame on us all. Perhaps we should go back to using knapped shards of flint.

It gets worse though. That doctor doing the cutting isn’t a real healer. The fool had to study for five years before they’d even let him specialise! Everyone knows that healers are just born; it’s natural, they don’t have to study at all, just proclaim themselves to be healers and then get on with the Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Codology or whatever Ology the Guardian is currently waxing lyrical about. Strangely enough though, when one of these great believers in natural cures is diagnosed with something serious like the big C, they can somehow overcome their revulsion of conventional medicine and take full advantage of it.

As for the drugs, don’t get them started. When we’re some African parents, watching the life being squirted out of our baby because they’re dying from chronic diarrhea, which could be cured by a 1 cent chalk tablet, we should be proud we’re not handing a victory to big Pharma by using their evil drugs. Then again, people in that situation are living a very natural life and so can’t afford medicines anyway. Occasionally, it’s nice to live in the developed world, innit?

Even the food we eat isn’t natural. Instead of just going to the local supermarket and buying it, we should at least switch to organic produce, preferably locally sourced of course, so we can pay a 30% premium and run a higher risk of food poisoning from it. There’s nothing more natural than fertilising a crop with untreated excrement, as an unfortunate bunch of Germans found out this year.

But how far back do they want us to go with the foodie fetish bit? Should we just sashay down to the local non-existent market every day with a wicker basket and wander around leisurely for a few hours buying freshly baked bread, freshly caught fish, organic veggies but definitely no meat; it’s murder we’re told.

Perhaps they want to take it back even further. Are the men supposed to go out every morning with a club to brain some quadruped while the wives spend the day picking berries or digging out roots for food? Newsflash for you Greenies, it isn’t ever going to happen; we much prefer to spend our lives doing useful and fulfilling jobs rather than spending all our waking hours grubbing for food. If you want to live like that, then move to some poverty-stricken hell hole in the developing world and let’s see how long you last. You’ll very quickly find out that there’s not much nobility in poverty but there’s certainly big helpings of misery to make up for it.

That’s another hangup of the back to nature brigade; little villages are seen as good but big cities are somehow bad. I suppose it springs from their fears of us multiplying like the malignant virus they think humanity is.

In the space of a single century, the population of western Europe went from a demographic of 95% living in the countryside and 5% living in cities to exactly the reverse. That demographic cannot be changed; the last people who tried to reverse it were your old ideological pals the Khmer Rouge and in the end, the only thing they succeeded in doing was killing over 2 million of their own people. I suppose that’s why their ideas about getting back to the land and complete self-sufficiency aren’t talked about so much these days in the circles of the chic left.

All those brave self-appointed spokesmen for the people are always popular with you, aren’t they? But it’s not as if your learnt the lesson with Pol Pot or Stalin or any of the ones before them, is it? All that fulsome coverage of Robert Mugabe you used to do is looking pretty stupid these days, considering the biblically dreadful state he’s reduced Zimbabwe to and his body count is still rising. Zimbabwe went from being “the breadbasket of Africa” to famine under his guidance.

You were all happy to support and campaign for him in the years gone by but in the light of the monster he’s turned out to be, I note your deafening silence rather than any condemnation of him. Perhaps you’re biding your time for his successor, the next great liberating champion of the common people; he won’t turn out to be just another brutal dictator who knows exactly how to play your liberal sentiments.

Any time I see a political movement or a demonstration consisting in the main of nothing more than a few holier-than-thou political academics and the spoilt and professionally feckless brats of the middle classes, I know what I’m looking at is a fashion statement and nothing more. When it’s a bunch of blue-collar people like labourers, bricklayers, cooks, waitresses and the employed but generally poorly paid, I know it’s about real politics.

The acid test of finding out how relevant a political movement is, is to ask people like them but you don’t even have to do that; their total non-participation in it tells you all you need to know. In that sense, their instincts are always right on the money. They live in the real world and simply can’t afford the delusional fantasies of the financially secure. As this recession bites down hard, we’ll be seeing the return of some real politics.

If you really want to get back to nature then you better be prepared to lose a few things such as; electricity, metals, drugs, light bulbs, doctors, engineers, dentists, your teeth, Facebook, hospitals, manufacturers, roads, twitter, bridges, factory goods, your books, your mobile phone, your internet, your spectacles, your television, your Playstation, the artificial dwelling you live in, the very clothes you wear, your bicycle, the shoes you’re walking around in and knowing what new ideas are prevalent at a distance beyond the next village, but only as long as it’s within walking distance.

On the plus side, if you really want to get back to nature then you better be prepared to gain a few things; death from appendicitis, the death of babies to things like ectopic pregnancies, death from diabetes, death from starvation when the crops fail, death from cold because it’s hard to heat a cave and death from predation by wild animals since you’ve got no weapon better than a hand axe.

Your world is touchy feely mysticism, stupidity and a cosseted decadence that would not survive your first real encounter with nature in the raw. Eight out of ten people on this planet live the reality of the sort of shite you’re peddling and you’re helping to pile up their body count every day. It’s up to us fortunate few to fight their corner and it can be done.

Putting the notion of “back to nature” back into the dustbin of history, yet again, is a good place to start.


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19 Responses to “Green myths : We have to get back to a natural life.”
  1. scud says:

    Thank you P! Another ‘nail-on-head’, splendidly crafted piece.

    I’m thinking of a new TV reality show. It’s called ‘I’m a greenie in the Okavango delta swamp…leave me here!’


    • 8001 says:

      Hey, genius idea. We really could use our nasty, evil TV technology against ’em and dump their backsides in some green hellhole for the amusement of the masses. At least they’d have the chance to live what they’re preaching.
      Save the planet, eat a vegetarian.


  2. Blackswan says:

    G’day Pointman,

    As Scud says, you’ve nailed it with this post – distilling the essence of Gangrene logic (or lack of it).

    Tasmania is where Green politics really began in Australia a few decades ago. Like our minority Federal Government, Labor only seizing power by doing backroom deals with the Greens, our State Government is also beholden to them, implementing many of their halt-all-progress policies.

    Tasmania struggles to maintain economic viability with a population of barely half a million people, and the Gangrenes have been relentless in their efforts to close down our major industries such as forestry and mining. They have been rabid in their attacks on forestry, banning native forest logging (the ultimate in a renewable resource) and demonising wood-chipping for pulp and paper production. However, as their dread-locked and unwashed professional scroungers on any street-corner press their leaflets and flyers into reluctant hands, their ‘message’ is indeed printed on the very paper that they villify.

    Like Scud, I also have a ‘soft spot’ for the Gangrenes – miles of remote apline peat bogs that were under a foot of snow a couple of weeks back. Ah well, we can dream.


  3. meltemian says:

    Well apparently we’re too busy keeping our heads above water to care about our carbon emissions, the Indie is getting its knickers in a twist about our rising emissions even though it doesn’t actually seem to have increased temperatures at all.
    Apparently Australia has done really well though reducing them by 10.9%, bet you’re pleased about that Swanny? I’ll duck while you hurl invective ……….


  4. MikeO says:

    I grew up on a farm and I am amazed at how naive the Greens are about what it takes to produce food. I suppose I should include city folk.


  5. Edward. says:

    Awesome post Pointy!

    I was going to rattle on about the ‘Ascent of Man’ and the great man Jacob Bronowski, a rather good mathematician no less but also a splendid observer of human beings and of man’s inherent nature.
    Anyway, a couple of musings from me………..

    Man has two great gifts, the ability to learn and hence the ability to adapt, adapting nature to free himself from:

    they want to take it back even further. Are the men supposed to go out every morning with a club to brain some quadruped while the wives spend the day picking berries or digging out roots for food?

    As he learnt to adapt, man learned that other great gift: division of labour, ie, two hands, more hands – divide the work, tasks and chores and that, without co-operation we are nothing.

    By listening, learning and communing with his fellow men, man rose out of savagery. With a little help from synthesizing other cultures, in our case Minoan/Phoenician, Greek, Roman lore but what brought all this together? Books did, wonderful, lovely, marvellous books, books, books!

    Post the collapse of the Roman Empire, throughout the dark ages, the main reason why we didn’t succumb to another regression to the neolithic was that, the history, learning and tradition of Western civilisation was preserved in the main by scribes, writings and teachings in the Christian church.
    Next step, Universities, centres of learning, from Bologna to Oxford and Salamanca, Paris, Modena….where man pooled his knowledge, this was the foundation of western civilisation and we have the Church to thank for it.
    Through the Renaissance, Reformation, Enlightenment, Industrial revolution man has climbed the tree of knowledge.
    But and it is only fairly recently, that we have started to prosper, books were indeed a communications revolution, revelation even[:>)] and still the greatest medium [imho]. More recently, with modern communications [telegram/telephone/cell phones] another upward step has been taken and because of Tim Berners-lee we can now communicate across the planet with the merest indent of a keyboard.
    What have I missed? [Lots really!] Yes, one vital ingredient facilitates all this technology, can you guess?
    Well as I am sure you all have guessed the answer of course is cheap and plentiful energy – the great boon of mankind.

    Without energy and lots of it we are doomed, what is the greens problem? Do they not, [honestly/surreptitiously maybe] use cheap juice to power their computers, 4x4s, dishwashers, plasma TVs, i-Phones blah blah and…………. what is their alternative pray tell?

    A last thought, in the depths of winter, last December a good example, if you’d been out for a walk, or out shopping and come back to a cold house, what is the first thing you’d do? Yes, stick the heating on – ask yourself this – [and ponder a minute or two] how long could you endure cold winter nights, without the heating?
    Now then, imagine [if you will] showing a man born [in Britain] 300 or even 3000 years ago, show him the world now and then posit the question – “we have all of this…….. but some of us would wish us all to return to your idyllic yesteryears“, he would look at you somewhat askance would he not?

    Eco lunacy is a luxury we can indulge only because of our great advances, indulge it – some do but adopt its fundamentalism we will not, not ever.


    • Pointman says:

      Ya bugger, I was starting to really worry about you. You firing on a few cylinder? P


    • Pointman says:

      As usual Ed, a three pipe comment, to modify a catchphrase from Sherlock Holmes. I agree our great abilities are the capacity to learn and then the high level of cooperation we do as a species. Many hands make light work is the natural benefit of the latter. Without cooperation and trust, civilisation would collapse overnight.

      I agree too that books acted as a bank of knowledge from beyond the graves of their authors. The rebirth of learning was really the rediscovery of the knowledge held in the databases of the time ie the religious bodies with their libraries of books. In a sense I’d go further to say a major factor in the exponential increase in individual prosperity in the last century, is not just books but fact that literacy had become more and more widespread. The greater the number of people reading, the more ideas circulate and quantity, as the Russians say, has a quality all of its own.

      If you take the view that a book is an information bank and reading one is communicating the idea, then things like the internet are the next generation book.



      • Edward. says:

        Agreed Pointy.

        I deem, that the internet has a massive [potential] propensity for good and for learning but if one truly wants to learn, then all of the University papers [stuff really worth reading] are behind paywalls [springerlink etc], books are then the only way to learn real facts.

        And then there is the negative side of the internet, ask Mr. Connolley about that or reference Wiki – oh dear me.


  6. Edward. says:

    Wotcha even!!!


  7. oztomcd says:

    Pointman, can I get your appraisal of the following political summary of the situation in Australia, which I believe should now be proliferated?

    In view of the current Greens-Labor government’s contempt for dissent and its emasculation of personal liberty and democratic freedoms, including freedom of speech, in favour of collectivist goals not supported by the majority of the population, I think it is now appropriate to change the semantics to more accurately reflect the new Australian reality. For outsiders looking in and for natives looking for a way to describe their dismay, I think it is accurate to characterise the current government and its supporters as the fascist left. If you think this is unfair, make your case.


    • Pointman says:

      Hello and welcome to the blog Oztomcd.

      “I think it is accurate to characterise the current government and its supporters as the fascist left. If you think this is unfair, make your case.”

      If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and makes quacking noises, then it’s probably a duck …



  8. Pointman says:

    For tomorrow and all of them, irrespective of the uniform.




    • Edward. says:

      IF I should die, think only this of me:
      That there’s some corner of a foreign field
      That is for ever England. There shall be
      In that rich earth a richer dust conceal’d;
      A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,
      Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam,
      A body of England’s, breathing English air.
      Wash’d by the rivers, blest by suns of home.
      And think, this heart, all evil shed away,
      A pulse in the eternal mind, no less
      Gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given;
      Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day;
      And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness,
      In hearts at peace, under an English heaven.

      If only I could write like that.

      We will and do remember them.


      • Pointman says:

        I know that I shall meet my fate
        Somewhere among the clouds above;
        Those that I fight I do not hate,
        Those that I guard I do not love;
        My country is Kiltartan Cross,
        My countrymen Kiltartan’s poor,
        No likely end could bring them loss
        Or leave them happier than before.
        Nor law, nor duty bade me fight,
        Nor public men, nor cheering crowds,
        A lonely impulse of delight
        Drove to this tumult in the clouds;
        I balanced all, brought all to mind,
        The years to come seemed waste of breath,
        A waste of breath the years behind
        In balance with this life, this death.



  9. Mike says:

    Brilliantly articulated. I’ve been saying this for awhile now in various different forms but you’ve really laid it out better than I could.

    My father recently came out with the oft-used line about how we’ve “wrecked the planet”.

    I asked him, so when was the planet not wrecked? He didn’t answer, well not anything generally coherent, and just changed the topic. But if he’d said 100 years or 200 years or whatever, I would have pointed out “yep, life was so great when most humans were living in poverty”.

    Reality is, that it’s a very imperfect planet. But I think the more advanced technology becomes and the more control we have over our environment as a result, the less damage we will do. Expecting no damage, or “harmony with nature” is just ridiculous and pointless and makes us susceptible to, among other things, being completely wiped out the next time a large asterioid decides to swing by our way. Along with all the human suffering in the meantime.


  10. Edward. says:

    Ah God now, Yeats is a wonder too.


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