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Some of the flying monkeys on the right made fun of Costa
Rican Christine Figueres for invoking the blessings of Ixchel, the ancient Mayan
Goddess of reason, creativity, and weaving,  upon a meeting of the UN Convention on Climate Change being
held in Cancun.   

As the Washington Post reports, she told the deputies “May she inspire you — because today, you are gathered in Cancun to weave together the elements of a solid response to climate change, using both reason and creativity as your tools.”

She called for 

“a balanced outcome” which would marry financial and emissions commitments from industrialized countries aimed at combating climate change with “the understanding of fairness that will guide long-term mitigation efforts.

Excellencies, the goddess Ixchel would probably tell you that a tapestry is the result of the skillful interlacing of many threads. I am convinced that 20 years from now, we will admire the policy tapestry that you have woven and think back fondly to Cancun and the inspiration of Ixchel.”

Her critics apparently prefer a Sauronic demon who calls violence “love” and threatens all who do not knuckle under this violence with an eternity of suffering.

Even were I not a Pagan, I’d prefer reason, creativity, and weaving, myself.


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