Maybe I should subtitle this: Is Captain Planet the Messiah? I thought I would use my theological expertise on this one and provide a glimpse into what we mean when we say Hollywood entertainment is biased in the favor of liberalism even in the area of science fiction, fantasy and yes even comic book characters.
I want people to understand that one should never underestimate the power of cartoons and comics. If you look at any movement they try to teach young people early and they often use symbols and cartoons. Imagery is central to every religion and environmentalism is no exception. Yes, environmentalism is a religion and it is actually an old one. Originally, it was called animism – the worship of the forces of nature.
Exactly what the definition of what constitutes a religion is hotly debated. There are; however, a few things all definitions have in common.
1) Symbolism: Every religion has symbols. Environmentalism has its symbols — the earth symbol for Gaia the mother earth goddess. The recycling symbol is another symbol. In Captain Planet, this symbol takes a personal form in Captain Planet himself. The ideas of fire, water, earth, air and heart are also very symbolic.
2) Powerful Motives and Motivations: Three Words: “Save the Planet” and in Captain Planet – “The Power is Yours”. What could be more motivation that to stop the corruption of the five elements with your own personal spiritual power.
3) Concepts of the Idea Order of Existence: No buildings, no highways, no smokestacks, etc. Just nature – calm, serene and unspoiled. “Everything in balance and uncorrupted by the presence of man”. Yep, Environmentalism has that too. It also has what it considers to be threats to this ideal existence – pollution and the big result — global destruction though – ‘global warming’.
4) Faith Established in Action: Actually, I know how this is accomplished – repetition. If you repeat something long enough, slowly people begin to believe it to the point that people will act accordingly. An environmentalist, ultimately shows his ‘faith’ not only by repeating the slogans and by honoring the symbols but he acts — he recycles, he votes in environmentalist candidates, etc. Religion has religious action associated with it. Habits of faith as it were.
I have always found the desire to keep religion out of schools by the left very hypocritical when with the same breath they advocate ‘responsible environmentalism’. Personally, I don’t think you can keep religion out of schools and this is borne out in what type of religion is accepted in them and they has always been one or more accepted in them. Once upon a time — it was Christianity, then it shifted to liberalism and its twin environmentalism. Honestly, in order to really have a free society, I think you simply to declare that schools are an open forum for all ideas including religious ones. At least this would acknowledge the simple fact that there has always been a dominate religion in the public forum and the only way to really get rid of that is to allow them all to talk. As long as we also acknowledge environmentalism is one of those religions, I am game.
This whole idea of earth, fire, water, air and earth is interesting as it speaks strongly of magic, mystic animism and alchemy. The idea of ‘heart’ in Captain Planet is actually a misdirection. When you hear them describe what they mean by heart – love. The love they are describing would be better described as — spirit. But the idea of spirit does not veil the religious ideas of environmentalism as well as the word – heart. In a sense I find this a revelation idea of revealing part but casing the rest in shadows so people have a mystery of faith.
Environmentalism is indeed a faith and it meets all the criteria of one. The question as always is — is it the right one? Probably not. There are so many things that are said in this faith that there are no real ways to verify. Faith is like that. Religion takes that faith and solidifies it through symbols and action. One thing is for sure, when someone is religious — it is nearly impossible to persuade them otherwise. One has to persuade themselves to change religion and that requires time, consideration and crisis. Some of the most zealous religious people I have ever met were environmentalists. Some have even become so zealous over their faith as to engage in acts of environmental terrorism. Only a faith and religious system invoke this kind of activity.
Environmentalism, the old religion of animism returned, has now endeavored to change the American viewpoint to its fold. Ultimately, what we are really seeing is animism recast in different symbols. The goals are the same, the faith is the same. Environmentalism is animism.