George Monbiot makes the case for a new unifying story of altruistic communities of interest taking responsibility for shared resources rather than allowing private interests to profit exclusively from their exploitation.
The cartoonist Walt Kelly created this iconic poster for the first Earth Day, April 22, 1970. In my thinking, that was over two generations. Are we ready yet to decide to be good ancestors? Everybody get roudy now.
Trees are for lumber; just ask the long-missing inhabitants of Easter Island. They left behind mysterious rock statues, but no growing wood. Trees are also for burning; and when trees become scarce, one can always make more children to go out and forage for sticks.
In Hinduism, the separation of groups helps to maintain ritual purity. An unclean interaction in society can prevent a higher class member from performing their ritual responsibilities in behalf of others. Each class (varna) has its defined and accepted role (dharma).
I don’t begrudge “Tea Party” sympathizers their frustrated state of mind. Times are hard and they have been getting harder for the last several decades – along with the pace of change. Everybody is struggling and unhappy.
The world's already-proven reserves of fossil fuels are five times the limit our children will live or die by. Burning carbon fuels is increasingly being seen as unethical, unsustainable and a threat to civilization. We cannot afford to burn these fuels to sustain the profits and stock values of oil, coal and gas companies.
SCIENCE FICTION - Humans never quite caught on to limits. They behaved as if they could always harvest from limitless abundance and then move on. ankind invented technology to protect themselves from hostile environments and went on to change their environment itself — always with unexpected consequences.
I believe that the whole point of remembering the past and experiencing the present is to learn, act in the image of God’s love, do good, and create a better future for ourselves and others. That is, a well-lived life is the act of persistently creating something better.
Some insist that all natural resources are given by God to man to own, subdue, and have dominion over (Genesis 1:28). Further, they argue that man was given the physical and mental powers to accomplish this dominion. But, was God’s intent protective husbanding or exploitation and plunder?
Terrorism is a symptom of persistent social problems. It seeks to express resistance and create change by means of out-sized aggression. It uses “blind criminal violence” to motivate others to include the terrorist in their calculus of choices and behavior – or weaken themselves by reacting poorly.
Real war is all about violent conquest, and it produces victors and the vanquished. And yes, this is a very bad state of affairs. However, isn't there some point at which the victors stop oppressing their victims and the vanquished stop seeking revenge?