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    JBL55, maybeeso in michigan

    the twelve steps.

    You say:

    Many deniers go halfway:  they'll admit the world is warming, but they won't accept that man is the cause.  These folks are like alcoholics stuck on step one of the 12-step process: they believe the problem exists, but they cling to the concept that they are truly powerless to change it.
    They may be stuck on step one, but remember: step one says we are powerless:
    We admitted that we were powerless over [addiction] - that our lives had become unmanageable.
    The analogy would be more accurate, perhaps, if you simply said that those half-deniers can't get past step 6:
    Were entirely ready to have [higher power] remove all these defects of character.
    Because I think that we - and they - are powerless over our own addictions to the American 21st-century excessive-consumption lifestyle, and therefore are unwilling to admit that we are the problem. Most of us - especially full- and half-deniers - need some sort of "higher power" to "restore us to sanity". We - society - seem to have failed at it so far.

    "Bernie Madoff's mistake was stealing from the rich. If he'd stolen from the poor he'd have a cabinet position." -OPOL

    by blue in NC on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 05:25:43 AM PDT

    •  That's exactly why I said they are stuck on step (0+ / 0-)

      one, because that step says the addict is powerless.  In other words, they admit the problem but they don't take responsibility (just throw up their hands as victims).  So they never get to the remaining steps, the ones that are so crucial for recovery.  Thus they are not candidates for recovery.

      I disagree that we are powerless to solve the problems we create for ourselves without the help of an external higher power.  We have all the higher powers we need within ourselves; they are called intellect and self-discipline.  When we chose not to engage those powers it is usually out of pride, laziness and/or greed.  It is no coincidence that these traits were recognized long ago as 3 of mankind's 7 deadly sins.

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