101.The mess that the environment is in is our fault and in this section of the encyclical the Pope will explain why this has happened.
102.Two centuries of rapid technological advances.
103.Technoscience when well-directed (By whom?) is good.
104.Technology has greatly increased our power to destroy.
105.Our technology has advanced far more rapidly than our wisdom to use it properly.
106.The Pope does not think much of the scientific method when nature is viewed as an object. He believes that this plays into the illusion that resources are limitless. (Like most Leftists, the Pope views the world through the belief that it is a fight over a limited pie, not taking into account Man’s manifest ability to expand the pie.)
107.Many of the ills of society come from viewing technological advance as an end in itself.
108.Making technological advance as a mere instrument rather than an end seems inconceivable in the modern world.
109.Pope stops to bash free markets yet again.
110.Rapid technological advance leads to fragmentation of knowledge rather than the generalized knowledge in many areas we need to make decisions. (Actually, the politicians who make the decisions in most countries usually have a fairly general education and are frequently untouched by much in the way of knowledge of individual technological fields.)
111.The Pope wants people to look at the world through an ecological prism rather than a technological prism. He wants people to be educated to view the world in that manner. (Mission accomplished Your Holiness, considering the amount of time wasted on green propaganda in most schools these days.)
112.Time to rein in technology and direct it. (By whom?)
113.People have lost faith in a better future through technology.
114.Pope calls for a cultural revolution. (A phrase with an unfortunate historical resonance.) The Pope assures us that he is not calling for a return to the Stone Age, but he is calling for a slowing of technological progress. (Leaving aside whether that would be desirable, would it even be possible on a global scale?)
115.A purely technological way of viewing the world detracts from the dignity of the earth and of human beings.
116.Not clear, but Pope seems to be calling for a turning away from technology and a more traditional way of viewing life, one more in harmony with nature. (The Pope seems to have a romanticized view of the past prior to modernity.)
117.Ties in lack of care of nature with lack of care of people, including embryos. (The most ardent environmentalists PopeWatch has known have usually been pro-aborts.)
118.Must have care for the environment along with care for each human person.
119.A healing of the environment must tie in with a healing of interpersonal relationships. (PopeWatch is sure he saw something like that on a dorm poster back in the seventies.)
120.Decries the irrationality of pretending to be in favor of the environment while simultaneously being in favor of abortion.
121.The Pope calls for a new synthesis.
122.Too much looking out for number one is bad for the environment.
123.Pope zeroes in on his root of all evil: free markets.
124.Ties in the value of labor with ecology.
125.Calls for a correct understanding of work.
126.Points to monasteries and the role work plays in them.
127.Work for everyone no matter whether it makes sense economically or whether a business has any need for the work.
128.Pope calls for technology to stop replacing workers. (A true Luddite feel here. Is this even possible, let alone desirable?)
129.Calls for shackling of large enterprises and government boondoggles to help small enterprises. The Pope shows a true lack of understanding of how economies operate.
130.Calls for limitations on experimentation on animals unless it is being done to the care of humans or the saving of human lives.
131.Caution as to genetic manipulation.
133.Genetic manipulation of food.
134.Caution as to genetic manipulation of food.
135.Pope calls for open debate on the issue.
136.Pope criticizes environmental groups concerned with protecting the environment but not concerned with experimentation on human embryos.
137.Pope considers elements of what he calls an integral ecology.
138.Everything is interconnected.
139.Environment is the relationship between nature and the human society that lives in nature. “Strategies for a solution demand an integrated approach to combating poverty, restoring dignity to the excluded, and at the same time protecting nature.”
140.Research will aid us in producing growth that is sustainable and respects all of nature.
141.Calls for an economic ecology that will protect the environment as well as fostering economic growth. (PopeWatch suspects that the Pope is clueless as to how and why economic growth occurs.)
142.The health of a society’s institutions impacts the environment. To have a healthy environment the institutions of a society must not promote injustice, violence and loss of freedom.
143.Ecology also involves protecting the cultural treasures of humanity.
144.Respect the rights of people and cultures. The Pope seems to fear that global markets have a leveling effect on local cultures.
145.Many forms of environmental exploitation also undo local social structures.
146.Protect indigenous communities and their cultural traditions!
More on Wednesday.