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Alternative to Earth Hour

By Amy Nasir · March 22nd, 2009 5:13 pm · 13 Comments ·

On Saturday, March 28, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., in contrast to the dubious “Earth Hour,” there are a couple of new movements celebrating the achievements of Thomas Edison and those men and women who—as Ayn Rand eloquently phrased—”took first steps, down new roads, armed with nothing but their own vision.” 

In honor of Edison Hour, which was coincidentally established by the University of Michigan Students of Objectivism and myself, and also in tribute to Human Achievement Hour, households and businesses across the nation will be keeping their lights and other electrical devices on, and refusing to concede the unearned guilt that environmentalists want to establish in our culture.

We live in the most innovative, life-sustaining and “money-making” country in mankind’s history, and we should never apologize for human happiness and success. So please remember to keep your lights on this coming Saturday. You may want to spend the hour by sitting down by the bright light of your lamp reading Ayn Rand’s Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal or revisiting her uplifting novella, Anthem, from which I’ve selected a quote from its main character who rediscovered electricity and the light bulb:

I have learned that my power of the sky was known to men long ago; they called it Electricity. It was the power that moved their greatest inventions. It lit this house with light which came from those globes of glass on the walls.

Let’s make sure that the precious inventions that freed the world from darkness are never taken for granted, and especially not destroyed by the anti-man philosophy of environmentalism and “Earth Hour.” Let’s change the tide of the culture by celebrating human achievement and literally fending off the darkness.

13 responses so far ↓

  • 1 L-C // Mar 22, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    Earth Hour participants:

    For every light you turn off, I’m going to turn on three.

  • 2 Inspector // Mar 22, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    L-C, that was forged from pure win. Consider my hat tipped.

  • 3 TW // Mar 22, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    Here’s to human achievement! I’m going to celebrate being at the top of the food chain by eating charcoal-grilled beef and sausage.

  • 4 rajesh // Mar 22, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    L-C, that would make a fantastic bumper sticker. Good work Amy. Lets celebrate the achievements of Edison and other heroes of capitalism with joy in our hearts and bright lights in our homes.

  • 5 Moataz // Mar 23, 2009 at 12:50 am

    Edisonians United

  • 6 EdMcGon // Mar 23, 2009 at 2:00 am

    I missed Earth Hour? Darn! I was going to leave the lights on in the house, then drive around in my F-150 spewing CO2. Plants love that stuff! :)

  • 7 Kelly Edge // Mar 23, 2009 at 4:57 am

    I’ll be fending off the darkness with you, Amy!

  • 8 Amy Nasir // Mar 23, 2009 at 5:50 am

    Thanks Kelly – and thanks everyone! I will not be home that hour, but will have the lights a-shining. We’ll be attending a local theatre’s performance of “Night of January 16th,” and attempting to get on the jury. As one of my friends mentioned, what better way to celebrate than to see a stage lit up with spotlights (and enlivened by Ayn Rand’s creativity!). :-)

  • 9 Natasha Hale // Mar 23, 2009 at 10:07 am

    Just so you know, a cause similar to this has been started on Facebook. They’re calling it Truth Hour 2009 if anyone is interested in joining or inviting your friends. Sadly there’s only 28 members as of yet.

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  • 13 Aaron Davies // Mar 27, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    i hacked up a quick parody of one of the earth hour posters here: http://homepage.mac.com/adavies42/misc/veto_earth.png. feel free to use it if you find it handy!