It was not science that caused so many people to abandon Christianity. It was something far more insidious. Greed is not compatible with faith. A desire for the wealth of this world leads many into life's far removed what God wants. Indeed while there are people who profess faith and reject the conclusions of science it is rare indeed to find a man or woman not caught up in consumerism.

Greed is not only incompatible with the laws of God it destroys the very basis of God's law. To live according to the Will of God we have to love one another. The Bible tells us we cannot serve two masters. We cannot love two things equally. In this way our hearts betray us. If we love the things of this world we cannot love others as our brothers and sisters in Christ and we cannot serve God.

  

Rational Exchange helps:

  • Scale down your personal needs.

  • Change lifestyle habits (to ones that reduce upkeep costs).

  • Transition to a lower energy lifestyle.

  • Lower expectations regarding material goods.

  • Increase expectations reading quality of life issues.

  • Find better outlets for our time, energy and money.

  • Form a new economy that rewards accountability.

  • Decide what you value most and adjust wants to that level.

 

The Rules Of Reason:

  • If you don't consume it ... they won't produce it  

  • Consumerism is fueled by greed

  • Consumerism creates waste things are bought that are not needed

  • Consumerism increases prices because too many wrong things are made

 

 

 

 

Why worry about rainforests

Capitalism rewards individuals for cutting down rainforests. It rewards other individuals for shipping the lumber to industrialized countries to make furniture. It rewards individuals for selling the furniture to consumers in wealthy countries.

Capitalism does not reward individuals for planting forests. The time between planting and reaping is usually too long. The world is left with deforested land. It is cheaper to go to the tropics and clear cut forest. Capitalism does not reward individuals for recycling furniture. Profits are greater manufacturing new furniture.

Environmentalists are rewarded by planting trees. Environmentalists are rewarded for protecting forests and recycling used furniture. But not by capitalism. The reward come from the value of what was done.

Is it cheaper to pay to fix up the problems created by capitalists pandering to the desires of consumerists or to make sure everyone pays for the costs they create. The true costs of cutting down rainforests will eliminate the consumerism that lies at the root of the worlds problems.

 

 

Note On Rationalism: Everything is a choice. Every choice is a transaction. For every choice you make there are choices you had to pass up. For everything obtained, for everything gained, something was lost; something was given up. All choices open new opportunities and close others. Every choice is a trade off, a balance between what we lose and what we gain.

Every choice we make reflects one of two ways of thinking about the world. Rationalism explores these two paths and makes the options known. We create an experiment to make the consequences of following one or the other clear. These two pathways are the only options open to us. They are mutually incompatible. Both cannot be true. Which one you take impacts the quality of your life. Taking one eliminates the options of the other. We cannot both save the planet and continue to be motivated by greed. We are either Rational implementing social engineering objectives or Elitists attuned to some self-serving ideology. We are committed to saving the planet or contributing to the destruction of the world. Rationalism is not just an alternative to ideology it is the only lifestyle that will save the planet.

 

 

 

 


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