Questions arising from some unpalatable truths

Change

Change is inevitable.

Some change occurs through events beyond our control; some change can be managed — but only if we recognise what it is that must change.

Unanticipated change is unwelcome because adapting to it is uncomfortable; to be comfortable with change, it is necessary to know, in advance, what the change will entail.

Change that is planned, on the other hand, can be very welcome indeed.

Normality

Normality is relative; a matter of perspective.

  • It is normal for a multibillionnaire to travel around the world in a private jet, and expect each and every whim to be satisfied as though it is an entitlement.
  • It is normal for a childless person to view the overprotectiveness of parents towards their offspring as thoroughly bizarre behaviour.
  • It is normal for a child born in the ‘wrong’ part of the world to view death from disease or starvation as a clear and present danger.

Necessity

It is necessary to recognise certain truths, such as:

  • fossil fuels are finite
  • biodiversity is not an optional extra
  • continuous growth of the human population on our world is not desirable
  • ‘progress’ is not essential (also: it destroys the environment)
  • corporations are man-made constructs (also: they are required — by law — to focus on greed)
  • the concepts ‘nationhood’ and ‘human rights’ are antithetical (ie the attitude “I’m all right, Jack” is all wrong)

Questions

  1. Why don’t we change the rules so that The Corporation serves us instead of itself?
  2. Shouldn’t ecocide be a crime?
  3. Why is IVF socially acceptable?
  4. What would be the effect of making it an offence to drive children to school?
  5. [Insert your own question here]
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About pendantry

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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4 Responses to Questions arising from some unpalatable truths

  1. Martin Lack says:

    Very succint and important questions. Time is fast running out for humanity to admit they failed the test.

    When I’m through with ridiculing Delingpole and/or Climategate 2.0 as a farce, have finished asking questions of Professor Lindzen, dealt with the fallacies of a meritocracy, the differences between the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the US Declaration of Independence, I too will be posing some important questions for humanity at the end of the week.

    Meanwhile, last week was interesting too: It is not every week that one attends and speaks at a meeting in the Palace of Westminster, gets personally criticised in an online discussion forum by Lord Monckton, exchanges emails with one of the 3 most prominent “sceptical” climate scientists on the planet, and gets warned not to publish one’s own email to him on one’s own blog…

    “Publish and be damned” they say, and I will (just after midnight GMT on Tuesday)….

  2. witsendnj says:

    In the past two days I’ve watched several videos on youtube about peak oil – I had no idea there are so many! Documentaries and docudramas, mostly about how horrible the collapse of society will be after we hit peak and there are price shocks and shortages. Most of them don’t even consider climate change, or degradation of the ecosystem, or overpopulation, and it’s still horrible…but even on those limited, overoptimistic and sanitized.

    Question: Since it’s so obvious we are living unsustainably, why is it so hard for people to just start conserving like crazy – carpooling and staycationing and buying less stuff? If this was done on a massive scale, we could buy some considerable time to transition.

    I know, dumb question.

    Here are some of the links if you want a laugh:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=1tvcewNSG24 (The Great Squeeze)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iCDeywiTJM (Oil Storm – this one is hilarious. Everyone sits arounds and whines rather than actually making any effort to cope)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyEGnMa9MyM (Aftermath)

    • pendantry says:

      Though the EIA only admitted it in 2010, we already hit peak global crude oil in 2006 — which is why we (humans) are now doing stupid things like developing the Alberta Tar Sands, and deep drilling in remote areas of the Arctic (we have to stop that); no doubt just the first of the many increasingly dumb ways we’ll fritter away our cheap energy reserves chasing the remnants.

      I know you know all this Gail: I’m just ranting, as it’s so frustrating being ‘led’ by ideological nutcases who cannot stop repeating the ‘we need a return to economic growth’ mantra. The question you pose is a good one, not a dumb one. I believe the reason we don’t take the sane route you suggest is again the fault of our leaders. For instance, here in the UK, ‘austerity measures’ imposed upon us by our fruitcake government includes measures such as cutting public transport, where we should be expanding it. The system needs to be changed to make it easy to take the measures you suggest, and more: but, instead, we’re headed in the other direction.

      Thank you for the links. I think The Great Squeeze is a great overview of the problems we face. I’m currently dowloading Oil Storm (via deturl.com so I can watch it later). Next on the list is Aftermath… so far, I’m not laughing.

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