An Alternate Climate Encyclical

With the Vatican preparing to declare UN IPCC science as Christian Truth, I am reminded of Aristotle (384 to 322 BC) who said:

“Give me a child until he is 7 and I will show you the man.”

If Aristotle knew what we know today about how oceans make the climate, how might he convey that meaning to one of his young Greek students?

Perhaps he would tell the story this way.

Poseidon, Lord of the Oceans

I am Poseidon and I rule the oceans, and with them I make the climate what it is.

I store the sun’s energy in my ocean water so that our world is neither too hot nor too cold.

I add water and energy into the air and together we spread warmth from the tropics to the poles. There are many obstacles and delays along the way, and there are clashes between hot and cold, which you know as storms.

The land masses make basins to collect water and energy and I send heat to each basin to form its own climate. Water heat is transported slowly, between basins and from equator to pole and back again.

The water in the air returns as rain falling on land and sea. Near the poles the water freezes and stays, sometimes for many years, until rejoining the ocean. Always the water returns and the cycles continue.

Do not be afraid of the future. Respect the oceans, take care of the land and each other, and all will be well.

The Climate According to Poseidon


  1. ArndB · May 13, 2015

    Well narrated Poseidon!
    Unfortunately UN IPCC science has never listened to you,
    neither seems the Vatican able to consider voices from before B.C.?
    Instead of “declaring UN IPCC science as Christian Truth”, it is time
    to start acknowledging:
    “Water is the best of all things“, Pindar (522 – 438 B.C.), Olympian Odes.


  2. craigm350 · May 13, 2015

    Reblogged this on the WeatherAction News Blog and commented:
    Thanks Ron, takes me back. Of course the Sun was called Helios 🙂

    It seems there was an understanding that from the oceans came much, [Poseidon (an Olympian) does seem interchangeable with Okeanus (a Titan) but the latter was more passive and the personification of the river that surrounded the world] –

    In Greek mythology, originally the ancient river of the world which flows around and bounds the earth and sea, itself unbounded and flowing back into itself. From Oceanus arise all seas, rivers, streams, and fountains. Herodotus is the first to oppose this view [ii 23, iv 8, 36]. To Homer, Oceanus is the beginning of all things, even of the gods: he the original father, and his wife,Tethys, the original mother. With her he lives, a gentle and hospitable old man, in the farthest west away from the world and its doings. He keeps aloof even from the assemblies of the gods, although river gods and nymphs appear there. It is with the aged pair that Hera grows up, and it is to them that she flees on the outbreak of the war with the Titans. According to Hesiod [Theog.133, 337-370], Oceanus and Tethys are children of Uranus and Gaea [Earth]; the former the oldest of the Titans, who after the fall of Cronus [Saturn] submitted to Zeus [Jupiter]. From him are sprung 3000 sons and as many daughters, the Oceanides. The oldest of the family, which is spread over the whole earth, are Achelous and Styx. Oceanus was represented as a venerable old man with a long beard: on his head are bull’s horns, after the usual manner of river gods; or crab’s claws, as customary with gods of the sea; and he is surrounded by sea monsters.


  3. Russell Seitz · May 13, 2015

    In the name of foam-footed star-sparkling Aphrodite , what brand of ambrosia has the Thunderer been drinking ?

    He should retire to many-fountained Ida and sleep until his aegis clears.


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