I am growing more and more confident that the number-one threat to the health, safety and future of our planet is the assortment of fanatics who are proposing to save it. They are, as in this farcical Bolivian étude, jettisoning every product of our rationalistic heritage, degrading the advances in reason and science, and regressing to the raw beliefs of those days when, as Milton, wrote “all our fathers worshipped stocks and stones.”

When the conscious creature — that would be Man — condescends to worship the inanimate one — that would be the Stone — the order of things is inverted and undone.