What’s the answer to a world gone mad?

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Phlyarologist (part-time) and pendant. Campaigner for action against anthropogenic global warming (AGW) and injustice in all its forms. Humanist, atheist, notoftenpist. Wannabe poet, writer and astronaut.
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13 Responses to What’s the answer to a world gone mad?

  1. Eric Alagan says:

    Such urgency but not many are paying attention. We humans are like a snake swallowing its own tail. Peace, Eric

    • pendantry says:

      Hi Eric. I find some small measure of solace in that all the seats for the local showing of this film were sold out. Then I heard that the cinema bumped it to a screen with more seats — but when I tried to book a ticket, I found I’d missed the boat: they’d sold out again! So some people are paying attention. Too few, too late? Time will tell…

  2. Mike Jackson says:

    Hi Colin,

    Great video, local knowledge indeed! We are truly becoming more wasteful without a real understanding of the actual cost our consumer appetite puts upon the planet. The “information age” is now over; as we enter the “consumer age” responsible consumption is more important than ever.

    Mike

  3. Martin Lack says:

    Bioregionalism, Ecologism, Independence, Localism, Resilience, Sustainability, Transition Towns… I think we (those who accept we face a crisis) must all become a little bit more clever to flex our message to any given audience (i.e. that includes one-to-one conversations). We must first understand our audience, in order to know how best to sell the message. Good luck with that.

    • pendantry says:

      Understanding the audience, yes… tricky. How does one go about understanding 7 billion ape-descendants, let alone craft a message that will appeal to all of them? 😉

      • Martin Lack says:

        Will Adam Smith’s ‘specialization’ help? That is, flex your message to suit your audience at any given moment? Oooh and K.I.S.S. (keep it simple stupid), not that I am much good at doing that…

        • pendantry says:

          My friend Google reminds me that Adam Smith has a lot to answer for. In passing, I also noticed that specialisation is only spelt with a ‘z’ in the American flavor, which, while appearing to be an irrelevant piece of pedantry, is relevant in that one of the results of global commerce is the desire on the part of Those Who Want To Sell Us Things for homogeneity in their consumers. By which I mean: they’ll only be really happy when we’re all clones. So in that respect, yes, perhaps it will help, in the long term 😉

          As for flexing the message: since, when writing a blog, one has no way of knowing who is (or will be) reading one’s words, I decided long ago that the only sensible way forward was to say whatever the current iteration of ‘me’ (however that may be defined) believed to be a good idea at the time.

          KISS: yes, always 😉


          Postscript:

          NOAM CHOMSKY: I didn’t do any research at all on Smith. I just read him. There’s no research. Just read it. He’s pre-capitalist, a figure of the Enlightenment. What we would call capitalism he despised. People read snippets of Adam Smith, the few phrases they teach in school. Everybody reads the first paragraph of The Wealth of Nations where he talks about how wonderful the division of labor is. But not many people get to the point hundreds of pages later, where he says that division of labor will destroy human beings and turn people into creatures as stupid and ignorant as it is possible for a human being to be. And therefore in any civilized society the government is going to have to take some measures to prevent division of labor from proceeding to its limits.”

          Send in the clones…

      • Martin Lack says:

        Please forgive me for the americanization; I am normally very conziztent in not doing thiz.

        For the benefit of your readers not familiar with my blog, my position on Adam Smith was made clear to the person who educated me about specialisation recently, my response may be seen here.

        However, thanks for the Chomski quote that is in itself an, ermm, an enlightenment! :-).

  4. I have to watch this. Thanks for the introduction. Films are a great way to spread awareness. I’ll be telling people about the film, too.

  5. Christine says:

    I think I want to move to your town, P. Any place that sells out twice for this movie sounds like the place to be as our civilization falls apart.

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