Saturday, 2 November 2019

Democracy, truth or lie ?

Democracy, truth or lie ?




I woke up in a cold sweat and recalled the tragedy of my dream. The earth was being destroyed at an alarming rate and creatures and life forms were disappearing on an hourly basis. The ones responsible for governance were not at all interested in quitting the polluting and destructive behaviours favoured by large companies and institutions for they received large donations and sweeteners from those companies. War raged and millions were being displaced and became homeless, starving and cold whilst oil extractions took place all around them. Children played in the debris and looked on horrified at the rubble that was once their school or hospital, wondering if the noise would ever abate. Queues of ordinary people lined the pavements waiting for scraps of food from the almost empty shops, and fighting erupted between people once good neighbours.

As the mist cleared from my head and my eyes became accustomed to the morning light I recoiled, realising that none of this was a dream. This was the world in which we all live. Lord help us…





As the days move along I see that nothing significant has changed in a very long time, except that the telling of truth has become a rebellious act. Politicians, mainly those who have been in government over the recent decades, have presided over a total shift in the open and honest discussions that were once the pride of our nation. Secrets being kept under wraps in the name of ‘National Security’ that offers no-one except the guilty safety from punishment have dominated the governments narrative for far too long. Those in ‘power’ have no obvious moral guidelines, and no recall from telling lies that are hurting innocent people and disgracing the idea of a democratic state. It is a very bad state of affairs that those that tell the truth are being hounded by well funded media and corporate institutions, who falsely accuse them, of trickery and disloyalty. Those very institutions are themselves unaccountable to anyone for blatant disregard to the art of truth and support for a democratic dealing with the citizens of our planet.





The BBC that had once been the servant of journalistic freedom has now been reduced to a faithful slave to the elites that control our governments and law institutions. The only truth they seem to know these days is to a fabrication of loyalty to the crown and oppressive regime they bow down to. To anyone who can see the truth, this broadcasting company is serving the interests of none of the ordinary people, but that of the wealthy corrupt corporations who are the very cause of 99% of the destructive behaviour we see.





I often wonder just how things got to be so messed up. How the poor and working people became surplus to requirements instead of being treated with dignity and respect for their labours. Was there a turning point or was this a gradual slide into injustice and oppression? 

Having done quite a lot of personal research into this I still find my naivety often lost under the weight of evidence to suggest this has been a well thought out cycle of oppression and exploitation by certain groups of people over a sustained period of human history. I guess it serves no-one for me to name those I see as responsible, for everything is subjective, but suffice as to say I do name our governments of the last few hundred years or so, the media moguls and the huge corporations who have decimated our planet to extract materials for profit. It seems that a ‘Frankenstein monster’ has been allowed to be created and go unchallenged for so long, that to do so now seems futile. However I say it is not futile but lazy and irresponsible if we don’t actually hold this monster to account and stop it doing more harm.

Logic would dictate that if faced with an imminent threat, a huge upsurge in participation would occur to stave off the threat posed. Those with knowledge, influence and power would logically be the first to act in defence of others rights to life, security and democracy. The reality is however that they are the last ones to act in defence of our democracy, our wellbeing or our human rights. It has always fallen to the brave to stand up and reveal the truth to others and share ideas of how to survive, deal with or escape the impending troubles. In this our world leaders are complicit in lethargy, denial and inaction on scales never before witnessed. They would rather lock it all up under some pretext of avoiding public panic and outcry, when the very truth of the situation is exactly the message we need to make us all wake up and act now.






For a very long time I was ignorant and complicit in not doing enough to make the situation known to others. Like the rest of us I thought that some things needed to be ‘kept a secret’ for public safety, balance and future development of society. NOW I know, unequivocally that there is no more time for inaction, talking it over nicely over a cup of tea and a biscuit. The truth is my dear reader, that the human race is on the verge of extinction itself and hiding facts and evidence, denying there is a problem is only going to cause much more suffering. No-one wants to suffer, that defeats the whole ideal of a good life and happiness. But we must face facts, learn what we can do to avert the worst of the outcomes and for the love of all that we hold dear, only accept the TRUTH as our friend.





Those that continue to tell us un-truths, lies and attempt to deceive us must not be allowed to continue. We need to expose those lies and that corruption before we cannot stop the impending onslaught that the outcome that ideology creates, which is death and suffering. Dear readers please go away from this point and look for the truth that will set us free. Listen not to those that tell us what they think we ought to know, and only those that can back up with facts and evidence the truth they tell. Do all your own reading and research and filter out all the ego and agenda that so many promote. 





One day we might be able to look our children and grandchildren in the eye and say we did not give up despite the overwhelming trickery of our governments and media to deny us a future.

If you want justice, a fair shot at the chance to live in a world without fear and suffering then we must unite in the work of exposing the lie and telling the truth at all times.





In solidarity.
Peaceful Warrior.

Sunday, 13 October 2019

How do we live with ourselves?



How do we live with ourselves? 






Whether we like it or not there is compelling evidence that we are in the time of the Sixth mass extinction of life on this planet. 




Ok so life did eventually make it back and here we are as evidence of that, but is anything notably different now?

I offer here a chance to investigate some of the arguments that have inspired me to look further into this and much of the conclusion it has helped me to reach in this regard. 


The science:    



For many years now, in fact many decades well informed and educated people, scientists and researchers have been intimating that there have been and will be significant evidences that human beings are directly impacting on the natural world, our environments and the ecosystems long since established and performing across the globe. Not simply a mild disregard for the planet but a biological and environmental catastrophe with as yet unprecedented scale whilst human beings live on the earth.
In late 2018 the United Nations’ IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) published the findings of their investigations and research done by the worlds leading climate scientists. In short the appraisal of that investigation made several key and fundamental points, which are:- We have a very small window of opportunity to begin to take the problem seriously and act. That we are already suffering from the lack of action in previous generations and may not be able to avoid predicted rises that are already locked in from earlier carbon dioxide rises. Peer reviews of over 6000 works gave the panel a lot to consider, but their conclusions do not specify whether we would be able to stop completely the effects, simply that if we fail to act immediately the outcomes will mean almost certain death to millions if not billions of people alive today.
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The extent of the problem:



It seems that every aspect of our lives, the conventions of business as usual in regard to the exploitation of the planets resources, the way we will be able to feed ourselves and heat and power our homes are going to have to be looked at. The way we travel, the structures of employment and the thirst for more material abundance have got to be seriously considered as a matter of grave urgency if we are collectively to avoid mass starvation, disease and poverty and the extinction of animals, plants, creatures and micro organisms. In fact it is conservatively estimated that millions of people and billions of animals will be displaced by the effects of sea level rise as a direct result of global warming. Mass migration to higher ground will inevitable stretch the sustainability of maintaining the current levels of earth wide population in ways we have yet to properly consider. But the inalienable truth seems to be that massive suffering and loss of life will result in the face of this expected sea level change caused by the globally higher temperatures melting the polar ice caps. Added to which if the Gulf Stream becomes interrupted the speed at which these changes occur will be compounded and create exponential alterations to the math on which the IPCC climate report is based.
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What will be lost:



The ability to sustain life for the current population of nearly 7.5 Billion people. Millions of plant and animal species that rely on the geography of their habitats, the relatively stable (until now) global temperatures of the past thousands of years. Coral reefs, jungles and rain forests, grazing lands and productive arable land for feeding human beings. Fish that live in colder water will have to move and then the effectiveness of the global food chain will collapse. And after all of this the struggles introduced will inevitably lead to a breakdown of the fabric of society and if the climate doesn’t kill us the uncooperative and selfish attitude to follow will. I don’t say this lightly and without fear of causing distress, I have merely joined the dots to consider the full ramifications of, inaction on a massive scale.

Who is causing this problem:



      



In short we all are. However some people, mainly those that sympathise with the Neo-liberal ideologies and exploit the planet and others are the main cause. Capitalism who’s stated goal is to maximise profit above any other motive is the leading factor in this degradation of the planet. It’s ability to externalise all of its negative behaviour and make everyone else to blame is the most obvious offender. In fact anyone or thing that disregards the well-being of the planet and all life on earth are the cause of this. Let’s not beat about the bush, we need individual responsibility and collaboration on scales as yet never the like of seen in the modern age or recorded history.
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What is causing the problem: 



The behavioural patterns of human beings is by far and away the most clear contributor to the climate emergency. The rises in carbon emissions through things such as air transport, road building, the continued burning of fossil fuels for heating and energy, the wasting of massive amounts of energy produced by creating the ‘Luxuries' of the western world which then become so easily discarded and go into landfill. Ineffective single use initiatives for resources, dairy, livestock and factory farming of animals for food. Fashion, lavish lifestyle choices, a lack of ability to share community and services, overwork and under valuing of human labour are all contributors to the threat we face. In the developed world the greed and corruption has never been so rife amongst those involved in governance as it is today. A seeming inability to empathise with the suffering of others and a denial that those activities cause both direct and or indirect suffering through exploitation .
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Who needs to do something:  


 

Every living human being with the capacity to do something has the obligation to make changes however small to show solidarity with this cause. And then to inspire and or engage others in the discussions around the crisis until such time as there exists no existential threat. In truth however the biggest action is needed from those corporations who’s practices are directly damaging to the fabric of the planet, fresh water, soil quality, air quality and greenhouse gas emissions. The top 100 companies in the world are the cause of over 70% of all of the pollution and GGGE in our atmosphere.
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Best case scenarios:


  

We fight to make the case, everyone listens, engages in personal edification of the facts, acts on that and the threat currently faced is averted. 

This is likely not to occur given the ignorance of the past several hundreds of years and the lack of understanding of the structure of life on earth as a symbiosis with each element. The failure to have considered with any seriousness the inevitability of taking supposed infinite amounts of resource from a finite resourced planet was crucial in determining where we have now arrived. In other words a selective ignorance about the mathematics to aid exploitation without culpability. 
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Worst case scenarios:  




The carbon emissions continue unabated, global temperatures rise, sea levels rise, crop failure becomes global and the water and land is so polluted we cannot feed from them. Everyone and everything dies or is destroyed. It may not be that simple but we’ve never taken the abuse of the planet this far. So it could indeed be this simple. Extinction of vast swathes of life on this planet and a climate inhospitable for human beings.
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* List of research sources. (This is not exhaustive, merely a few of my favourites)

An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore documentary.
Roger Revelle, CO2 in the atmosphere.
AMOC - Gulf stream.
Population rise and food.
The corporation - Documentary
Plastic - Single use.
Earthlings - a documentary.
Capitalism a love story - Documentary.
Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions.
The cause needs you.


Peaceful Warrior.
Extinction Rebellion

Climate Activist.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

The end of civilization.

      The end of civilization.



Someone once asked Mahatma Gandhi whilst he was visiting the UK, “Mr Gandhi, what do you think of western civilization?”

His response is something that has stayed with me for a very long time. “It would be a good idea” he replied.




Now far be it for me to disagree with anything the man said, he was a sage, a very astute and wise man. He is notably the one by who’s tenet “be the change you wish to see in the world” I attempt to live. But recently I have been struggling to come to terms with an idea that has bothered me my whole life. What about human beings is truly civilized?

Maybe this was the entire reason for his comment and the way that he had come to understand the way the British Empire ruled the world. Anything but civilized.

I think that maybe we should start with a current dictionary explanation of the word.

1. variable noun
civilization is a human society with its own social organization and culture.
The ancient civilizations of Central and Latin America were founded upon corn.
It seemed to him that western civilization was in grave economic and cultural danger.
2. uncountable noun
Civilization is the state of having an advanced level of social organization and a comfortable way of life.
...our advanced state of civilisation.
3. uncountable noun
You can refer to a place where you can enjoy the comforts that you consider to be necessary as civilization.
...when I returned to civilization.
COBUILD Advanced English Dictionary. Copyright © HarperCollins Publishers
civilization in British
or civilisation (ˌsɪvɪlaɪˈzeɪʃən  )
noun
1. 
2. 
the peoples or nations collectively who have achieved such a state
3. 
the total culture and way of life of a particular people, nation, region, or period
classical civilization
4. 
the process of bringing or achieving civilization
5. 
intellectual, cultural, and moral refinement
6. 
cities or populated areas, as contrasted with sparsely inhabitedareas, deserts, etc
Collins English Dictionary. Copyright © HarperCollins Publishers

So from this point like me I guess you would understand that what we are in the main is not particularly true to the definition of being civilized. If we take point 5 for example, are we morally refined when we resort to the levels of bloodshed that we reek across the globe.

I often see the milk of human kindness flowing of course, and to me I have been favoured innumerably by so many people. But on the whole are we not missing the point of civilization in actually being trapped in the dichotomy of living to work or working to live, believing it is our duty to go to work, give our labour (an ever increasing number of hours) for the sustenance of life? And getting frustrated when the hours we work actually produce less of the things we needed for our well-being and soundness of mind and body.
On top of this we seem collectively in some sort of denial about the way our cravings for this civilization and the trappings it gives us are destroying the actual ecosystem that we need to survive and live. A collective ecocide, fuelled by psychosis to the cause and effect we unleashed many years ago. I wonder will we ever really wake up and see where this is going, or will we let ourselves become extinct. We say we care but do we really when everything we do is controlled largely by the maxim ‘growth’ of the x the y and the z? How many people go to bed at nights with almost no food in their bellies when others throw away so much? How many people care that over 200 species become extinct each and every day since quite a long time ago?

Who amongst us realises what is in store if we don’t accept that we are simply an integral part of the environment and not masters of the universe, as we have been telling ourselves for way too long. The narratives of the whole history of mankind all seem to have led us to this conclusion without any proof. All we have got to go on is a hunch, based no doubt on the premise that as we are apparently intelligent, that we can dominate for our needs the whole planet and all other creatures.

Is it not as Gandhi said?  “There is enough for man’s need, not for his greed”.

How long will we feel it appropriate to go on murdering one another, killing animals and abusing the natural resources of the earth as if they will last forever, before we act to stop this madness? Is it not an act of madness to carry on doing what is proven to be harmful to life on earth? All life that is!
So many researchers have discovered an abundance of evidence that what human beings have done, largely since the industrial revolution has set us on a path to annihilation of our species. Think about it logically and rationally. You have a pie, and you eat all of it, is there any left over for tomorrow? With no resources we cannot make more pie. If we destroy the life giving systems that support all life on earth how will we survive? Would moving to another planet and colonising that be a real solution? Wouldn’t that just mean all the dumb creatures that caused this outcome save themselves for a brief moment of history? We are not likely to become altruistic at a time like that, if you have seen films like 2012.




I know this is hard to hear, and I empathise with you on that, but I am sure we do not have the luxury of time on our side anymore.





Severn Cullis Suzuki stood in the general assembly of the United Nations as a twelve year old girl and spoke for six minutes in 1992 at the Rio Earth Summit. Sadly not to the entire assembly, but what she had to say then, over 25 years ago is still not being listened to. The Paris Climate agreement has been abandoned by some of the largest negative contributors on the planet in recent months because of what, a lack of evidence of the impending disaster? No, it is because of sheer greed and unwillingness to act with due haste and conviction.

Again I know this may be hard to hear or accept, or even entertain for a brief diligent examination of the reality, but civilization is what has brought us this. An actual belief that we can govern and manage ourselves and the environment effectively, without deficit.

Let’s be frank, we cannot. If we were able to, surely we would have conquered so much more of the deliberate cruelty and destruction we have forced upon the people and the planet with its’ once incredible diversity. We would not be allowing anyone, least of all, the all for profit corporations to dominate the decision making. We would be in control of outcomes, not out of control trying to plug the leaking of Fukushimas’ nuclear radioactive fluids into our oceans, which in six years has covered an estimated third of the planets ocean water.


And have we learned from this fated ideology? Yes of course, some countries are closing down the nuclear energy provision of consumer electricity in favour of something much safer and renewable. But not as many countries as would show that we are not psychotically entrenched in the past and devastating practices.

We as a world spend almost a third of our governments budgets on weapons and defence, and by comparison very little for the preservation of life on this planet. Does that seem like money well spent?


Sadly many people buy into this ideology because it fits with the world view they have, despite their not knowing largely how that came to be. Few see how we have been duped into supporting a crass and debased societal world view, which promotes ignorance for the masses and servitude for all except a few elite people who control so much of the wealth. It’s not simply rich people against the poor, it’s like Frankensteins’ monster, it cannot be stopped. A behemoth of ‘progress’ that serves the machine not the subjects and consumes all casualties in its’ path because profit is the goal, not service of the people.

So of course you’re expecting me to have some sort of critique on the way to steer away from this, possibly a well-researched and proactive answer, a definitive solution, and a way to save the world.
Well I don’t.

What I potentially have is what many others are investigating around the globe at this time. A small hope that becoming Uncivilized will bring us to the solution we seek. A way to be in the world that does not harm anyone or anything irrevocably, and a way to let life be what it is, the experience of ‘being’. We are after all human beings, so ask yourselves what that might actually mean.

Intentional communities have been attempting to put this into practice for a very long time, and having elements of success along with the failures. But what is learning if it is not coupled with examining the good and the bad, the negative and the positive? I feel sure that if communities worked in smaller units they could succeed in ways that towns and large cities simply cannot. When the control over the community is centralised and not the direct responsibility of the participants much is simply overlooked and mismanaged. To have central governments making all the decisions surely takes away from people the ability to be self-aware and responsible. Cooperative living is a far more proactive way to engage each person in the welfare and well-being of the community. Of course with the way we have gone and what has been made we may still need a system of overall management for the interim period of transition, to keep certain services going. But what have we put in place already for when the civilization collapses as it inevitably will? The national government have put nothing in place, no back up plan. And certainly nothing that would not promote more suffering and hardship for the poorest and most vulnerable of our society. This is what their austerity does, and as we see it serves only those that seek dominance over others, not the welfare of everyone. If they have anything in reserve as a plan it is likely to be keeping themselves safe from the general public when they take for themselves whatever they need to survive whilst others die of starvation and unpreparedness.

It is not as bleak as it would be if we had not been warned though. With a small effort people could actually begin right now the work of preparing for a world that is sharing and caring. The act of civilisation would be surely to educate each person as to how to think for themselves and not simply be autonomons to rules and regulations. I see that this has always been the controlling method of others, to deny them, even actively avoid their being served by knowledge and understanding so that they cannot think for themselves easily. Empires were ruled by such knowledge of how to control, and this is certainly a large factor in the impending demise of this corrupt and unjust capitalist/corporate plutocracy.

Civilization is at its end, and we need to replace it with something far more effective and rational. It would be good if people were open and prepared to discuss the heavy topics that this idea presents. I am convinced we need to do something better, something more equitable and definitely something that demonstrates LOVE as our currency of exchange.
Please be kind to one another, the most definitive display of a united hope for the human race and its’ continuance. Anything else is well, simply not worth considering……

Love and peace.
Peaceful Warrior.




(Disclaimer: I am not saying we ought not be civilized, we should actually adhere to that idea as a baseline. BUT our actions need to reflect that, not what we are currently doing in the name of civilization. Which is a false testament to that ideology.)