Wait a minute, what is Agenda 21 really about? Agenda 21 essentially says that the way humans have been conducting themselves thus far is inappropriate and that in order to be sustainable, people must live differently. Sounds like an OK idea, right? So what is "sustainability" from the UN's perspective? See the following Venn diagram:
One of these alerts is that when examining something, a thinker out to be objective in regards to inclusion of issues. Consider the below chart, which is similar to the above:
Notice that only three "spheres" were included, which is very subjective. Environmental, Social and Economic were the three chosen factors, but what about the hundreds of others that might have been selected? To put ANY confidence in A21, one would first have to accept that indeed the three spheres are the three most important factors.
Even withing the overlapping areas, look at the chosen terms, for example in the "Economic-Social" area. Business Ethics, Fair Trade and Worker's rights are listed. Perhaps these three were suggested by Karl Marx before his death? The collectivist overtones are obvious, which is absolutely appropriate if a group of communist, socialist and democratic philosophers were having a think-tank weekend and chatting among themselves. What is NOT appropriate is for this philosophy to be forced upon other individuals..
My few paragraphs of argument above only make up about 1% of my argument against Agenda 21. Others have explained the elements of Agenda 21 far better than I am able. What they have not done is clearly explain why it is a bad thing.
Why is Agenda 21 and the philosophy surrounding it EVIL?Human liberty. That is the answer. There are things in life that are perhaps "better for us" than others, but what makes life a fun and exciting life is the journey, including the making of mistakes and the challenges that arise because of this.
From a sterile perspective, this was a good couple hours. The throwing of a ball is associated with competitive sports, an activity in which 1 team always loses and suffers the resulting mental anguish, which can lead to depression, suicide and in some cases even sadness. Next, they buy a corn sugar syrup food item, which scientists agree is not healthful and is in fact bad for one's body.
I ask you to consider this set of decisions the mother made, and the billions of other decisions made by the 7 billion of us on earth. Perhaps we could have made a "better" decision than the mother about the treat, perhaps a snack of fresh organic free-range kale would have been better? This is where the philosophic question of human freedom of choice comes into our conversation.
"Is it acceptable for some people who think they know better to force other people to change THEIR preferred behavior?"
I am passionate about human freedom. While I think that meth, bibles, beer, patchouli oil and other things and actions are not great, I think the greater bad would be be forcing a person not to use meth, read a bible, share a brew with pals at a pub, wear patchouli oil to a folk festival or participate in other nefarious activities.
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