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  •  Mitigation: Parable of the 7 Fat and 7 Lean Cows (3+ / 0-)
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    Another way to (possibly) get the (Judeo-Christo-Islamic) religious believers to pay attention.  Pharoah dreamed of seven fat cows, and then 7 thin and ill-favored cows came and ate up the fat cows.  Joseph interpreted that dream as God's warning that there would be seven "fat" years of plentiful harvests, followed by seven "lean" years of crop failure.  The resulting famine would make it as though the seven fat years never happened.

    As a result of this warning, Pharoah's government sucessfully mitigated the disastrous famine that Joseph predicted -- storing up grain during the fat years to carry Egypt through the lean ones that followed.

    Today, we are living in the last of the "fat" years; and the climate scientists are interpreting the signs and portents in our environment.  Those portents show that we will face worldwide famine, as crop-growing areas shift, and extreme multi-year droughts strike the world's major grain-producing areas.  Clearly, like Pharaoh, we should be working to mitigate the disaster that so many can clearly foresee.

    "My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right" -- Sen. (and Major General) Carl Schurz, 1872

    by Diesel Kitty on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 09:14:44 PM PST

    •  My daughter also made this connection (1+ / 0-)
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      She just turned thirteen and had the story of Joseph in her portion for her Bat Mitzvah service.  She connected the feast/famine in the story with an imperative toward stewardship of our food stock (and by extension, the entire environment).  She actualized it by volunteering at our local community garden.

      Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear. ~William E. Gladstone, 1866

      by Jim Tietz on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 11:29:06 PM PST

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    •  Excellent point (0+ / 0-)

      And this time, we will have a hand in creating the drought and famine in the lean years.

      Excellent point, thank you very much.

      Be radical in your compassion.

      by DWG on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 03:55:36 AM PST

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