The more things change…

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Stephen Fry made a very clever comparison in the documentary series The Medieval Season recently.

Then…

Papal Indulgences:  A piece of paper handed over like a receipt showing that the sins listed had been forgiven to ensure a better future.  Of course, in reality it was just a money making scheme and did nothing for the holder except lighten their pockets and make them feel good about themselves.

Papal Indulgence

Papal Indulgence

Now…

Carbon Credits: A piece of paper handed over like a receipt show that the latest sin of emitting CO2 into the atmosphere had been paid for to ensure a better future.  Of course, in reality it is just a money making scheme and does nothing for the holder except lighten their pockets and make them feel good about themselves.

We’ve really come a long way.

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