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Save the cheerleader, buy this book!,
This review is from: The Fanaticism of the Apocalypse: Save the Earth, Punish Human Beings (Hardcover)
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Bruckner draws on his own religious upbringing to give us a metaphor for the current state of the world as he sees it. In fact it isn't so much a metaphor as the same thing with different players cast in the title roles; the author sees 21st century society as a Hollywood remake of the Spanish Inquisition (without John Cleese).
He reminds us of a view of man as a cancer invading the earth's tissue, and where the big issue of the day is our need to return to effective respect for our planet - the fear of god - where god is Mother Gaia. The issue is not the `Left Behind' books of the American far religious right, but the catastrophic apocalypse of environmental collapse.
For those who see the green agenda as irreligious, or even atheistic, Bruckner points out that it is just as much a religion as the Catholic Church.
The author's indictment of the motor vehicle and his judgement of societies desire to wash our hands of the internal combustion engine differs greatly with the view of "Top Gear", and probably will do for years to come, but he is pointing out correctly that things cannot just carry on as they are and that the public mood is slowly changing.
The argument is primarily that of we are being threatened with catastrophe if we don't do something now - just like the religious man with the billboard stood down the street declaring "the end is nigh".
One could be forgiven for thinking the author has changed subject when you get to the section on Zombie movies....
Amusingly the author defines' the Friends of the Earth', as `the enemies of humanity'.
The conclusion is that living in the fear of environmental collapse with its added requirement for self-flagellation, is a purely western disease and that as we slowly torture ourselves the Chinese and other rising nations continue to gain lift.
This well written book will either make you think carefully, reinforce your political views or cause you great amusement. Whichever box it ticks for you this is a worthwhile read and a very well researched and expressed volume. It also contains a worthwhile bibliography at the back of the book.
A good read and a book that will generate many quotes in the future.