In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act ~George Orwell
As Geo-politics are played out across the globe it becomes clearer the acts of the powers that be are moving us closer to a global crisis of some description or another. Be it intentionally blocking progress in international relations to meet niche short term goals around nuclear issues or denying the need to address our dependence on fossil fuels.
Noam Chomsky’s Are we on the verge of self destruction? eloquently states the status quo – one that the world actively endeavors too close its eyes to. The consequences of this are potentially disastrous.
For the first time in the history of the human species, we have clearly developed the capacity to destroy ourselves.
What is the future likely to bring? A reasonable stance might be to try to look at the human species from the outside. So imagine that you’re an extraterrestrial observer who is trying to figure out what’s happening here or, for that matter, imagine you’re an historian 100 years from now — assuming there are any historians 100 years from now, which is not obvious — and you’re looking back at what’s happening today. You’d see something quite remarkable.
For the first time in the history of the human species, we have clearly developed the capacity to destroy ourselves. That’s been true since 1945. It’s now being finally recognized that there are more long-term processes like environmental destruction leading in the same direction, maybe not to total destruction, but at least to the destruction of the capacity for a decent existence.
And there are other dangers like pandemics, which have to do with globalization and interaction. So there are processes underway and institutions right in place, like nuclear weapons systems, which could lead to a serious blow to, or maybe the termination of, an organized existence
There have been a range of reactions. There are those who are trying hard to do something about these threats, and others who are acting to escalate them. If you look at who they are, this future historian or extraterrestrial observer would see something strange indeed. Trying to mitigate or overcome these threats are the least developed societies, the indigenous populations, or the remnants of them, tribal societies and first nations in Canada.
The rest of the article can be read on Banoosh.
The price we pay for ignoring the reality we live in and continuing to allow corporatist and limited Geo-political interests run our world is our demise. We have a responsibility to not only educate ourselves about this, but to act. We must act before it is too late.