Honestly, could you get a better distillation of the essence of leftist environmentalism than a bunch of leftists filming themselves enthusiastically switching off lights to plunge the world into darkness?
We face a modern version of the early-Renaissance Bonfire of the Vanities. Leftist environmentalists tell us we have sinned against the earth and that we must destroy those materialistic goods which drive us to sin. Just as Girolamo Savonarola railed against the artists and proto-scientists of Florence, leftist environmentalists rail against those who create and build the technology that makes our lives something other than suffering and drudgery. Just like Savonarola, they tell us that we should sacrifice our material well being for the promise of a heaven later.
Savonarola failed to abort the Renaissance,but back then Europe was still recovering from the effects of the Dark Ages. Today, we live in an age of light, but the moralists wish us to return to a dark age.
Our forebearers would vomit on us in disgust. In 1900, Parisians and the world celebrated the lighting of the Eiffel tower in a blaze of thousands of gaslights. Most people back then still lived their lives in tiny pools of light cast by fire. They understood the difference between progress and stagnation, between light and dark. Today, spoiled, petulant, immature leftists celebrate turning the Eiffel tower into a dark, looming shadow. The ghosts of Eiffel and all of the other great technologists must be howling from their graves.
Just as the Renaissance clergy and nobility raged against the humanism and capitalism that eroded their privileged positions, leftist environmentalists rage against the technology and commerce that marginalize them. Unable anymore to exploit technological bounty for their own benefit, they have chosen instead to destroy it.
Such a lust for status generated the envy that drove Milton’s Lucifer. Lucifer’s words (stanza 260) encapsulate the worldview of the modern leftist:
The mind is its own place, and in it self
Can make a Heav’n of Hell, a Hell of Heav’n.
What matter where, if I be still the same,
And what I should be, all but less then hee
Whom Thunder hath made greater? Here at least
We shall be free; th’ Almighty hath not built
Here for his envy, will not drive us hence:
Here we may reign secure, and in my choyce
To reign is worth ambition though in Hell:
Better to reign in Hell, then serve in Heav’n.
It says a lot about the leftist environmentalists’ world view that they see nothing sinister in the symbolism of shutting off lights and creating darkness. Their own lack of self-awareness may yet doom us all to a world of ignorance and shadow.
[Addendum: A contemporary Lucifer]