An Advertisement on the Environment

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I came across an advertisement on Facebook that is about not leaving our garbage just anywhere. It specifically features a guy sunbathing at the beach, who drops a piece of plastic wrapper on the ground because he’s too lazy to go put it in the bin a bit away. The wind then carries the wrapper away and drops it into the sea. At this point, Poseidon – or another Sea Deity – rises out of the water, bends over to bring his scowling face right up to the frightened man, plucks the wrapper from his nose, and flicks it onto the man’s face. he then retreats back into the sea, indicating he’s keeping an eye on the man. The man is shocked and is then shown to put the wrapper into the bin, at which point the advertisement ends.

Here is the video, on YouTube:

I am sharing this on my blog for the following reason: as believers in and worshippers of the Gods, these Gods are present within the things they rule over. In the example of the add, Poseidon, as well as various other Sea and Oceanic Deities, are present within the sea. By the pollution, humanity causes we are are in part literally polluting our Gods and their presence within their domains, and our ability to interact with them free from pollution – physical and/or spiritual.

One thing we can do, even as individuals is to consciously spend time to clean up our surroundings, or go to a park or forest, river, creek, beach, etc., and clean up a part of it, within our means of doing so. This is a part, in my opinion, of being a pious polytheist. Gods and spirits in the locality will be pleased by this so it can help you forge bonds with local Deities.

For this reason, the add appealed to me very much. And I admit that I haven’t really done something like this, other than simply making sure to put my garbage in garbage bins and not letting it just lie about. It’s something to work on.

Ἔρρωσο.

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4 comments on “An Advertisement on the Environment

  1. Awesome post. I heard recently on National Public Radio that most of the plastic in the oceans originated from land, in much the way described in the ad. We need to be vigilant! Blessed be, Rev Su

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  2. Well said, brother. There is so much pollution (a sacrilege) throughout the world, both on land and at sea, that the Gods must be outraged daily. It is the monotheists and atheists who are to blame for its increase, because one side believes the world was created for its service, and the other side believes in nothing but man’s progress. They created together huge machines, chemical substances and plastic, among other corrupt things hateful to nature.

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    • The pre-Christian world was also not always as good when it came to environmental issues. For example, the reason coastal North Africa is as arid as it is today is from ancient agricultural overexploitation and subsequent soil erosion. The North African elephant and the Caspian tiger, among others, went extinct from overexploitation for Games in Rome (and elsewhere). It is not just mono- and atheism who have this capacity, though in antiquity it also came from a place of not knowing ecology as we do today.

      Also many monotheists and atheists oppose the rampant exploitation of the environent, and are also working to undo or mitigate human-caused pollution.

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      • You are by no means mistaken. However, even though there were bad polytheists, there is certainly no comparison between the extent of damage to nature done before Christianity and after. Besides, the bad polytheists of those times were usually powerful and greedy men belonging to an empire, as that of Carthage, Rome or Hellenistic Kingdoms. I have often thought that empires, which are large political entities formed by conquering foreign people (empire differs from nation), actually paved the way for not only moral corruptions, but also the religious corruptions of monotheism and atheism. Let me explain briefly.

        Sargon of Akkad is known as the founder of the first empire, when he conquered the Sumerian city-states. The Akkadians, like the Babylonians, were often henotheists, meaning they worshipped one chief God, but acknowledged others within their pantheon. Because each city-state had its own cult, an empire that conquered many such cities needed a supreme deity that ruled over others, and which was often worshipped by the emperor himself as supreme priest. We see this henotheism with Cyrus the Great afterwards in Persia, Alexander of Macedon, and all Roman Emperors. In some cases, as you know, the emperors themselves had their own cults, and were worshipped as divine beings. Christianity seems to be a continuity to this practice, but instead of preferring one God to others, now only one god was worshipped. As Christians throughout the years established their universal empire (hence the word catholic, καθολικος) on the one hand, so did atheists spread their own universal ideology, through philosophy and science. In the course of history, these two forces clashed and combined, producing various evil characters and horrible events (arrogant kings, greedy middle-class, religious wars, revolutions, etc), the greatest of which were the leaders (emperors) of the early 20th century, Hitler, Mussolini, Lenin, Stalin, Mao, among others, who encouraged uncontrolled growth that damaged not only nature, but also brought destructive wars upon the world.

        My conclusion: there are monotheists and atheists who deplore the decay of nature, but they are either unconvinced or unaware that their ideologies (and the ancestors of their ideologies) mainly led to it. Because monotheists and atheists are inherently universalists, they expanded and spread the notion of empire throughout the world, together with the moral and natural corruption that attends it. The nature of a religion is always connected to the social conditions it arises within or the changes it produces. The independent city-states of Sumeria produced the first roads, literature and civilized laws, and Athens produced the first plays, lively sculptures and democracy. Empires produced huge armies, huge great wars, huge ideologies and huge oppression.

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