Like some other Renaissance philosophers, he episodically dreamed of elaborating a mathesis universalis—"a general science that explains all the points that can be raised concerning order and measures irrespective of subject matter." To some Christian critics, this dream, in its preoccupation with taking the measure of the physical world, was a form of blasphemy, a symptom of the sin of pride.Even though I'm not a Christian, it strikes me that Obama and his fellow Earth-"savers" believing themselves capable of "cooling the planet" is precisely that--a symptom of the sin of pride.
Furthermore, the desire to "cool the planet" is, in its unabashed pridefulness and folly, not unlike the Bible tale about humanity trying to construct a tower to reach high into the heavens; indeed, to reach all the way to God.
Update: In his column today, the Toronto Sun's Lorrie Goldstein quotes the great Thomas Sowell re those who think they have exclusive claim to the moral high ground, i.e. leftists like Obama (and Justin Trudeau, the subject of Goldstein's column) who are blessed, they believe, with The Vision of the Anointed (the title of one of Sowell's book--and you've got to love the rest of the book's title: "Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy"). Read this brief summary, courtesy Goldstein, and tell me it doesn't fit the pattern of the climate change hysteria and those who foment it:
First, [Sowell] notes, assertions are made of "a great danger to the whole society...to which the masses...are oblivious."
Next come warnings of "an urgent need for action to avert impending catastrophe...a need for government to drastically curtain the dangerous behavior of the many, in response to the prescient conclusions of the few."
Finally, Sowell writes, there is a "disdainful dismissal of arguments to the contrary as either uninformed, irresponsible or motivated by unworthy principles."Goldstein concludes, mirthlessly:
That's the vision of the anointed, folks.
Better get used to it.Get used to it?
Sorry, Lorrie. No can do.