First of all, Obama is arrogant. We're talking about a first-term junior senator who beat out the Clintons for the nomination. That breeds arrogance. So does having years of bouncing around Washington as the senior senator from Arizona, believing you are the one to lead America. That means McCain is also arrogant. It comes with the territory in most cases. So I will continue to rip on both of them for their faults and praise their good accomplishments, but I won't worry about their personal arrogance.
Especially since I am a somewhat arrogant son of a bitch. Yes, I'm talking about Glorious Greatness in Print here at SPD. It takes some arrogance to be able to fire off ideas and be convinced they're all right. Need I say more?
Yes? Okay, more.
But let's be clear as to what arrogance is. From Merriam-Webster.com:
arrogance: an attitude of superiority manifested in an overbearing manner or in presumptuous claims or assumptions.
Speaking of God, or lack thereof, what really inspired this post was the unabashed arrogance of the godless, communist Chinese, as they prepare for the Olympics. In addition to all the other things they're trying to control as the world watches, they're guaranteeing no rain for the opening ceremony. Essentially, while their theories may work, we have yet to find any method that is absolute for controlling weather.
Which brings me to global warming, or climate change, or whatever the next buzzword will be. This is where arrogance (among true believers) is absolute. Now while I (and many others) contend that the leaders of this movement simply use it as a vehicle to advance a totalitarian worldview, there are many who buy into the idea that we, as a species are capable, through our normal activities and technological advances, of destroying the planet. But I look at what we build and I look at what we do in the matter of a year; then I see what a flood or a hurricane or or an earthquake or a volcano can do in a matter of hours. With maybe the exception of nuking the planet (which was a threat of the Cold War era), we don't do the damage or move things nearly as much as the natural forces around us.
Now this is not to say we can't do significant local damage. Come to think of it, I seem to remember a river at the ass-end of the great state of Ohio catching fire back in the day. but I can report that when I finally saw that river, it was a nice, clean place. The point is that we can affect the environment around us, but considering the amount of space we take up compared to the amount of space this world has, as well as the fact that it has survived every cataclysmic disaster that's ever been shown on the Discovery channel and the like and it's still here with us along for the ride, I'm quite confident in not giving a shit about my carbon footprint. Because I believe that (while I'm right about everything and the salvation of the planet) we are relatively insignificant in the history of the Earth. And it is arrogance to think otherwise.