ABC’s War on Easter


When the war on Christmas is old and busted, the new and hot around town is the war on Easter:

But ABC goes one better here: this is not an attack on a religious aspect of a religious holiday, but on a secular and a commercial one, presumably because in our post-Christian society, more people will care about chocolate eggs than the existence of the Risen Christ:

There’s another reason you might feel guilty about your chocolate binge this Easter — and it could surprise you.

A Perth expert in environmental engineering says the amount of water used to produce chocolate and the average Easter egg far exceeds any other food product on the market.

University of Western Australia professor Anas Ghadouani said the water footprint of chocolate was 24,000 litres for every kilogram produced — enough to fill a backyard swimming pool.

That would mean an Easter bunny weighing 500 grams uses 12,000 litres, almost four times the water footprint that is created to produce what the average person eats in a day.

Professor Ghadouani said the figures were unexpected.

For all the secularism behind this war on Easter chocolate eggs, it smacks of that old time religion (as so many varieties of leftism indeed do). Just as in the past, every expression of joy, pleasure and frivolity would be castigated as foolish and sinful against God, today everything we do always somehow ends up being a sin against Gaia. All our self-indulgences are harmful – to us, yes, of course, but more importantly to the environment. No sin is merely personal because it invariably has a repercussion on the common good of humanity. Thus, the maintenance of public and private morality becomes a community concern, to be enforced with all the power of the law as well as through public condemnation and humiliation of the offenders.

Again, just as in the past the religious and the superstitious believed that the transgressions of the sinful members of the community would bring the wrath of God on the whole community (including through “the acts of God”: floods, droughts, earthquakes, etc.), so today too there are many who believe with a fervent, quasi-religious passion, sincerity and certainty that sinful emissions and other offences against sustainability unleash the nature’s fury of climate change on us all.

“Could you eat Easter eggs responsibly?” asks the ABC article towards the end. Buy less and make sure none of it goes to waste, is the good professor’s advice. Bless him, for no chocolate indeed should ever remain unconsumed. Personally, I will be enduring that I will finish to the last sliver my swimming pool’s worth of cocoa goodness.

So don on your organic, responsibly-sourced and biodegradable sackcloth and repent all you sinners. Both Matthew and Mark transmit to us the well-known injunction “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” Two thousand years later, the Gospel According to ABC asks us instead what good it is to gain a chocolate egg and lose the whole world?