Archive for October 2nd, 2019

A week ago a 16 year old Swedish environmentalist, Greta Thunberg spoke to and at the United Nations on climate change. Note that she turned on the tears and the vitriol in her face on cue. I thought it was a sad spectacle. Here is the complete transcript and video of her speech. A Lutheran pastor and theologian, Kurt Marquart, wrote in an 1978 article on experimenting with the liturgy, the following trenchant comment on the Church which is applicable to the whole of our deranged society:

Who, after all, could respect an institution (church) which is, after two thousand years’ experience, so confused about its functions as to say, in effect: “Dear children, help us! We are no longer sure about what we ought to be doing. Perhaps you might have some good ideas?” Who could possibly take seriously the play-worship prefixed with that horrid word, “experimental”? The fact is that no healthy, viable society lets its children arbitrate its values. It is for the elders of the tribe to guard its
cultural heritage and to transmit it solemnly to the younger generation-never vice versa. Also in our society the problem is not with the youth but with their elders. 

Final note: as a baby boomer, this turning to the youth as arbiter of values has been going on since the ’60s. This pathetic legacy is still hanging on.

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