Liebe Luisa (Dear Luisa),

Recently, the undisputed young leader of the Climate Activist Movement in Germany, Luisa Neubauer, wrote an ‘article of faith.’  An article about her relationship with the Church, affirming her faith in Christianity, but actually, in God.  No one can dispute the faith of an individual, or what motivates an individual to preform responsible social acts towards nature and toward humanity.  Nor will I, a scientist, try to do that here.

Thank you for being open and honest, Luisa.  You were one of the young people who led climate action so well and in the right direction for so long.  But now we are in the most difficult times.  If science as you understand it can no longer lead you, and you retreat to a believe in God you will not be the first.  All scientists before did the same thing, if and when they got stuck.

Your article made it clear to me that we as scientists have to be clear.  We have to understand each other much better and give working examples that show the way forward to you, the youth.  Thank you again for doing this so honestly and openly.

We have to get to work!

A great scholar once wrote,

“Humanity makes religion, religion does not make human.  Religion is indeed the self-consciousness and self-esteem of humanity who has either not yet won through to herself, or has already lost herself again.  But the human is no abstract being squatting outside the world.  Humanity is the world of humanity, of the state, of society.  This state and this society produce religion, which is an inverted consciousness of the world, because they are an inverted world themselves.

“Religion is the general theory of this world, its encyclopedic compendium, its logic in popular form…its enthusiasm, its moral sanction, its solemn complement, and its universal basis of consolation and justification.  It is the fantastical realization of the human essence since the human essence has not acquired any true reality.

“The struggle with religion is therefore indirectly the struggle against that world whose spiritual aroma is religion…”

“Since the real existence of humanity and nature has become evident in practice, through the senses, because humans have become evident as beings of nature, and nature for humans, as the being of humanity, the question about an alien being, about a being above or outside of nature and humanity – a question which implies admission of the unreality of nature and humanity – has become impossible in practice.

“Atheism, as a negation of God, has no longer any meaning, as it postulates the existence of humanity through this negation; but socialized humanity – the truly social human –  no longer stands in any need of such a mediation.

“The religious reflections of the real world can, in any case, vanish only when the practical relations of everyday life between human and human; human and nature, generally present themselves to her in a transparent and rational form.

The veil is not removed from the countenance of the social life-process…until it becomes produced by freely associated people, and stands under their conscious and planned control.

“This, however, requires that society possess a material foundation, or a series of material conditions of existence, which in their turn are the natural and spontaneous product of a long and tormented historical development.”


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