Posted: 06/10/14 01:04
by Dave Mindeman
I would like to offer an apology. An apology to the citizens of Earth in the year 2100.
We failed you. My generation has failed you miserably. We did not keep the faith as good stewards of your earth.
We let ourselves be held hostage by the obstacles of economic expediency and inflexible religious dogma. We let those obstacles taint our knowledge and our scientific principles to the point of abandoning them for the sake of greed and our own comfort.
And you paid the price. We let political arguments get in the way of good policy. We withered in the battle to defeat the use of coal. We did not stand up for scientific evidence and let the deniers lead the debate. We let corporate money win the day on the economic challenge of greenhouse gases.
We did that. We failed you. We put your planet, your climate, your lives in jeopardy so that we could continue our own greedy quest for economic benefits. It was a short sighted decision on our part and there is little that can be done.
We chose our mining over your water. We chose our economics over your working planet. We chose religious dogma over letting our spirituality grow with our scientific knowledge. We chose coal and petroleum based energy over your air and your atmosphere.
We let you down and there is nothing more we can do except apologize for our short sightedness.
You were our future and we treated you with disregard and disdain.
The only thing left is to hope that you will be better than us. That you will find a way to overcome the problems we dealt to you. We failed in our link to the future - in our responsibility to give you a planet and a life as good as we had for ourselves.
I cannot blame you if your history books hold us in contempt. We deserve it and have no one else to hold accountable. When you look back on our place in the realm of human endeavor, our only contribution will more than likely be what you can learn from our mistakes.
What I offer here is an apology - I hope you are still there to receive it.