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Heaven Or Hell?

“Go to heaven for the climate and hell for the company.”

Benjamin Franklin Wade

First I though Mr. Wade was a visionary, who predicted climate change in 1856: Pleasant temperatures and a soothing climate in heaven, or the opposite in hell, aka “hotter than hell”. The latter pretty much describes the direction we are currently heading.

Then I found out the above quote was Mr. Wade’s answer, when he was asked to provide an opinion on heaven and hell.


What’s to say about climate change? I believe climate change is real, meaning there is a trend of rising surface and water temperatures that coincides with industrialization and human population growth. There is no doubt in my mind. How about you?

The real questions are:

Is this rise in temperature relevant?

Is it caused or affected by humans?

Should we do something about it?

Can we do something about it?

It is easy to brush this topic aside and leave it up to the politicians to make decisions for us. We will not burn up within our generation, but it surly won’t be pleasant down here in the long run if the average temperatures keep going up.

Then what? Looking forward to good company in hell?

I am not sure Mr. Wade was all too serious with his statement.


6 thoughts on “Heaven Or Hell?

  1. The rise in temperatures is certainly relevant, and influenced by our industrialization. Technologies exist that could make our energy greener, if not completely green, but that requires capital. We have a difficult enough time maintaining our infrastructure, let alone building anew. When it gets to a point that enough people shout ‘crisis’, something will get done, but probably too late.
    Like you said, we won’t burn up, and therefore many older people feel this is somebody else’s problem. If they truly love their children and grandchildren, they should make efforts now to implement change in their daily routines and government policies. Younger generations seem to be taking this more seriously.
    I think Billy Joel was paraphrasing Mr. Wade when he wrote “I’d rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints.” Therefore, I’ll be packing shorts for the eternity. If reincarnation exists, I hope there’s an option for another planet.

  2. Yes, I agree with the commenter above.

    Somehow, I immediately thought of a plaque near the Mandrill enclosure at our Melbourne Zoo…..
    ‘The wildlife of today is not ours to dispose of as we please. We have it in trust, and must account for it to those who come after.’ King George VI of England (1895 – 1952).

    I think of Global Warming and the Environment in a similar way. It’s up to the current generation – Grandparents, Parents & Children to act now (to leave the planet in a state fit for future generations). Wildlife and the Environment is not ours to erode and kill off to extinction. It’s on loan to us and its our job to care and protect it.

    The other side of the coin are those who profess that global warming and ice ages come and go (and will come and go into the future). This may be true, but we do have the knowledge, education and power to make this a better planet and I sincerely hope action is taken to reverse the damage man has made to the environment (in the hope that it slows down the coming of the next ice age OR whatever climatic conditions follow in the future).

    We have the power to change.

    (and I believe in Reincarnation…….. and am hoping I arrive in a better place and in better health than I currently have today 🙂 )

    • Thank you, great comment. I believe in karma, the good you do on Earth gets noted. The little things we do to make this a better place matter. Wishing you the best.

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