Our Fix-It Faith and the Oil Spill

The New York Times “Week In Review” for today headlines an article with this byline:

Our Fix-It Faith and the Oil Spill

We read, “Americans have long had an unswerving belief that technology will save us — it is the cavalry coming over the hill, just as we are about to lose the battle.” Then there are some statistics from Andrew Kohut of the Pew Research Center about the American doctrine of salvation by technology.

General George Armstrong Custer did get his ass whipped.  And just to prove that was not America’s Manifest Destiny, we pushed the battle against the indigenous peoples to Wounded Knee.

It is the illusion that we can control our lives, that we are masters of our fate, which gets us into situations in which suddenly we want some supra-human advocate or superhero to save us. We will not stop playing God until we hit bottom, and even then we may just keep on drilling — ‘er, digging.

Nigeria’s agony dwarfs the Gulf oil spill.

Want to know more? Click on ‘Gulf Oil Blow Out’ page on the left.


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