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Human Achievement Hour – Saturday 7.30pm

By Ralph - 27 March 2009 46

This Saturday at 7.30pm, a movement of people, including Canberrans such as Ralph, will be celebrating the inaugural Human Achievement Hour.

Human Achievement Hour seeks to honour the success of modern civilisation.

You can celebrate Human Achievement Hour by enjoying some of the many innovations that have freed society from darkness, cured disease, improved nutrition and raised our choices and consumption possibilities. We should never feel guilty, or apologise for our happiness and success.

Eat some packaged food, drive, use your microwave, your dishwasher, or watch movies, for example.

More information can be found here and here.

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Human Achievement Hour – Saturday 7.30pm
Ralph 9:52 am 27 Mar 09

Here we go again, the olde chestnut of conspicuous consumption and overuse of resources.

Those Club or Rome arguments were settled in the 1970s.

It’s Earth Hour every day in North Korea. I think you’ll find that most people from impoverished countries would greatly measure success based upon consumption possibilities. If it wasn’t so important, we don’t people seek to better their lot? Must be dumb sheep.

Bill Quinn 9:51 am 27 Mar 09

Wow, what a lot of effort for something so pointless and negative.

So Ralph, are you going to go around and turn on all the taps and leave your cars running as well?

Enjoy. Actually, don’t.

Jim Jones 9:49 am 27 Mar 09

There’s a big difference between thinking Earth Hour is ineffective tokenism (a view I hold some measure of agreement with) and actively going out of your way to provoke conspicuous consumption.

Even if you think that Earth Hour is ineffective, you’d have to be a complete retard to think that over-consumption of resources isn’t having an effect on the planet.

To then assert that the sole measure of success of humankind is our amazingly technologically advanced ability to consume demonstrates an amazing lack of insight.

harvyk1 9:36 am 27 Mar 09

I personally think “HAH” is a great idea. I’ve listed before all the problems I have with earth hour (tokenism at it’s worst), so the idea of celebrating all we as humans (lets us not forget, at least by our own measures, the most successful of any animal on the planet) have achieved in a relatively short period of time.

That or I’ll sit around drinking beer with mates and forget about the whole thing – earth hour and HAH hour.

colourful sydney rac 9:33 am 27 Mar 09

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

The only person who uses ‘proles’ around here is you, Ralph.

Maybe you could explain why you’re happy to celebrate the fruits of civilisation, almost all of which were created by scientists, then cheerfully ignore those same scientists when they tell you that you’re overdoing it and screwing the planet in the process? Why you’d ignore scientists when they talk about science, but listen to journalists instead? Would you listen to a plumber talk about economics?

How about you share your greatest human achievement? What have you invented that makes you think you’re worthy to participate in Minton’s silly tantrum? Did you watch people make an ad once like she did?

Don’t bother. We already know the answer. It’s because you’re a little, little man.

Woody, I think I love you.

Woody Mann-Caruso 9:31 am 27 Mar 09

The only person who uses ‘proles’ around here is you, Ralph.

Maybe you could explain why you’re happy to celebrate the fruits of civilisation, almost all of which were created by scientists, then cheerfully ignore those same scientists when they tell you that you’re overdoing it and screwing the planet in the process? Why you’d ignore scientists when they talk about science, but listen to journalists instead? Would you listen to a plumber talk about economics?

How about you share your greatest human achievement? What have you invented that makes you think you’re worthy to participate in Minton’s silly tantrum? Did you watch people make an ad once like she did?

Don’t bother. We already know the answer. It’s because you’re a little, little man.

Jim Jones 9:29 am 27 Mar 09

Also, I love the fact that you define ‘happiness and success’ as the ability to ‘eat some packaged food, drive, use your microwave, your dishwasher, or watch movies’. That’s just … genius.

Jim Jones 9:27 am 27 Mar 09

What’s elitist about not wanting to live like a sheep?

Ralph 9:18 am 27 Mar 09

Gotta love Woody’s perpetual elitism. He knows what’s best for the stupid proles.

colourful sydney rac 9:16 am 27 Mar 09

tool.

Tempestas 9:12 am 27 Mar 09

Ahh Ralph, I see you’re back.

Weren’t having enough fun over with the others at Bolt’s blog?

Woody Mann-Caruso 9:02 am 27 Mar 09

Because people are much happier when they get to sit on their fat arses all day, watching crap, eating more crap burning other crap all the while and filling the atmosphere with crap. This happiness lets them conveniently forget about the crap hitting the fan all around them, and when they notice it, they can deny it because a ‘policy analyst’ at something called the ‘CEI’ who writes releases that look lie they came from a primary school’s student council tells them it’s ok. Viva civilisation!

We should never feel guilty, or apologise for our fatness and excess.

Fixed that for you.

And I love the quality of ‘policy analysts’ they have at the CEI. They “worked in the advertising field managing the production of video advertisements” and have degrees in “writing seminars”. This is good for the anti-science crowd because you get to major in ‘fiction writing’ and ‘dramatic writing’. Cutting edge of intellectual capital here, people. Why listen to scientists about the climate when you can listen to an angry white girl whose claim to fame is literacy?

Ralph 8:30 am 27 Mar 09

Much more apt than the neo-luddite, anti-innovation hour.

harley 8:23 am 27 Mar 09

I suspect I will be celebrating HAH on my own, in my study while the rest of the family observes EA… To compensate, I might go buy a new set of twin 500w Halogens tonight.

frontrow 8:09 am 27 Mar 09

I was just planning on turning on all my lights but this is much better

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