Tuesday, 12 January 2016

We can't go on like this, can we?

It is fairly clear, things can't continue as they are without fairly disastrous consequences for humans and all living creatures. Political systems have been hijacked by corporate interests that generally represent the few that benefit most, rather than the vast majority. Global resources are seen as there to exploit whatever the environmental cost. Only capital and profit are the drivers and these are short-term goals that give little weight to human suffering or ecological impact.

Government is in hock to financiers not to voters even when it pretends to be. The 'military/industrial complex' that Eisenhower warned about more than six decades ago, has dominated spending whilst causing immeasurable suffering and damage. This simply cannot continue. 

Rather than obsessing with CO2, the greater danger of creating synthetic divisions to support aggression needs to be addressed and reversed. There needs to be international agreement on reducing military spending across the board and redirecting it to basic human need. We need to revisit and adapt age old religious belief systems to the new problems of humans and how they relate to one another and the earth. We do indeed need to be less greedy and selfish and learn to get satisfaction from living simply and well. 

Capital and the concept of debt, which ruins everything, needs to be reformed. We need to know who actually 'owns' it in order to free ourselves from its power. 

All this does indeed require a revolution in philosophical thinking and ethical framework that places caring and kindness above everything. By God! the human race and this wonderful life-support system called 'earth', has never been in greater need of it.

There follows a template that could be used to influence and shape our individual experience, whilst for the short while we call 'life' we are aware of ourselves and the planet we inhabit. The big question is how we translate this into priorities and policies at a nation-state governmental level? How do we ensure money is the servant rather than the master?

"Live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about his religion. Respect others in their views and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and of service to your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide.

"Always give a word or sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, or even a stranger, if in a lonely place. Show respect to all people, but grovel to none. When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.

"Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision. When your time comes to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home." by Tecumseh (1768-1813) Shawnee Chief

Some thoughts on what anarchy isn't here: http://freecriticalthinking.org/daily-pickings/1633-what-anarchy-isn-t 

1 comment:

  1. A very good bloke who tells you like it is. "You need to be angels but organised like the mafia! Do what's right while you're here." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5ZD-GW3q0I Christopher Bollyn. Solving 9/11 2of2 - Christopher Bollyn - PDX 9/11 Truth


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