Delusion takes many forms. But the core symptoms of delusion are clear for the green movement.
1) PERSISTENT BELIEF THAT SOME-THING SERIOUS IS HAPPENING.
This has occurred over the last five decades as we have moved through the threat of the ice age, global warming, climate change, climate disaster, man-made natural disaster (another delusion) and the threat of sea-level rise flooding coastal cities around the world.
2) DISORGANIZED SPEECH.
3) FEELING THREATENED.
4) GRANDIOSE BELIEFS.
Many in the environmental movement believe that they are the keepers of truth and wisdom - a major delusion. They can't accept that other views or evidence may suggest alternative understanding of either environmental issues or climate change. For example, the idea that the pursuit of profit is a way to end poverty and take care of the environment is something that they reject, despite evidence that this is how poverty reduction has occurred on an unprecedented scale over the last 50 years.
5) MANIPULATION OF FACTS
6) THE USE OF THE BOGEYMAN.
7) SAFETY IN NUMBERS.
No one in their right mind expected Rio +20 to be a breakthrough for the planet, yet 50,000 will attend, including world leaders. No one in their right mind thinks that climate change will kill millions, yet many behave as if this is inevitable. No one in their right mind thinks that failure at Rio +20 will mean the end of these kinds of gatherings, although we can always hope.PS - post dedicado a um Senhor cuja imensa lucidez só será reconhecida daqui a várias gerações.