Lileks, Environmental Trusteeism And Parental Responsibilities

From today’s Bleat:

Actually, it was a reminder of another obligation and duty of parenthood: to teach your kid to believe in something – in this case, conservation & ecological good-citizenry – based on rationality and facts, not emotion and anecdotes and sad pictures. It is bad to hurt birds with oil, yes, but the final lesson isn’t “oil is bad because it hurts birds.” Oil is God’s way of saying “your house should be warm in winter and fresh green produce should be available in February, and never mind the birds. Oh look! I just made another billion birds! Like that! Because I can! So shut up and go drive somewhere. Floor it! I command you!”

I so envy that man’s talent with words.