As events play out around the globe, it seems that humanity is already well on its way to solving the global warming crisis.
Mogadishu, Iraq, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and so on ad infinitum (it would seem); Earth is embroiled in conflict the likes of which have never been witnessed. Granted, the omnipresence of the media has something to do with our increased awareness of local happenings worldwide. However, our awareness has been elevated throughout the last century or so. Gutters and ditches everywhere are rank with human blood and entrails.
I hold that the broadcast of the American lifestyle through television, internet, etc., to the dimmest corners of the globe has had a grotesque consequence to the human emotional condition. The American sense of entitlement has pollenated the globe.
This is the final run. The neighbors ALL found out how we’re living over here. The tasty bits of preferential trade thrown to the rest of the western world over the years do little to save us now. We had to make good on the freedom end…open borders, free trade, freedom of speech…all good things to be certain. As a result, members of the undeveloped world had a taste of nectar, or saw or heard about it through progressive layers of technology. How does one in a wreck of a home with a hungry family not become affected by this?
For the U.S. and others, this paradigm of openness and tolerance became the keys to the kingdom/s of the world. Free nations banded together to form bodies capable of enormous good, and stinging punishment….The U.N. being the foremost.
So much has been done in the name of protecting the free world (Free World?): covert actions on a planetary scale that topple dictators, and undermine movements that themselves espouse freedom, but were inconvenient to the flow of the Free World’s power and revenue. Whole wars were fought not just to save a certain people, but to secure the foothold of “freedom” in a region. Crushing sanctions ground the bones of people with the misfortune of living under despotic rulers.
That freedom is something that is given is a horribly flawed concept. The genesis of this free nation was fought for from within. Opportunity was a continent, not a concept. Land was free or nearly so. Natives that were in the way were annhilated with relative ease, having none of the perks of the industrial revolution on their side. Every important raw material for development and commerce hemmed in settlers on all sides. As much as the fighting, opportunity won the war.
Point is: where is the opportunity for all these far-flung peoples now? Have they got a snowball’s chance in hell of scrounging enough cash or weapons to actually SECURE their idea of freedom, and stabilize a nation in peace? And whose freedom or life will they destroy en route to an unlikely victory?
To me it seems that bands of humans worldwide have been infected with the sense that they are free to pursue their goals at whatever cost to others, in a competitive and capitalistic frenzy that parallels the functioning of our economy…GO FOR IT…may the greater man grow rich. How can they not have noticed the way the West, and the U.S. in particular has employed force and deceit to assuage its own fear of slowed growth and reduced prosperity. That’s the biggest disgrace of all, so much subversion of other nations’ natural growth, rarely (never since WWII) to protect our border, but instead our level of comfort here at the top.
People that once fought for a fair ruler now want to rule. The rule of law?…well then fight toward a position where you write, or strike down the laws. Fight, fight. Some societies/sects pivot on fighting in a just cause. Our own holds a great deal of this rhetoric to its breast.
IS THIS HUMAN NATURE? It would appear so. Most minorities become guilty of the same pecking orders and exclusivity as their former oppressors were once freed of their minority status. This once-minority of a nation of minorities has subscribed wholesale to the politics of exclusion, all the while touting inclusion.
AND SO, if the U.S. has been actively suppressing the growth of “unfree” nations because their government is corrupt (or inconvenient to the Free World), and we, as beneficiaries have enjoyed the spoils to varying degrees without the hindrance of ecologically sound policies that benefit all people… how could we expect anything but the same from our brothers and sisters in humanity?
I can almost feel the derision (justified) of a barefooted clansmen carrying a rifle full of sand on an empty stomach, fully aware of what we, over here, are “entitled” to as he marches toward the dim possibility of the first successful day of his life. Or the sneer of a statesmen now bombarded by environmental concern from the west just as his economy coughs and sputters to life. This is not just human nature. This is human nature on meth, fueled by bitterness and the decided suppression of the Haves of the world.
Global warming is a human problem/creation. Ironically, human nature is the cure. Will the havenot and juststartingtohave nations/bands/clans trade in their golden moment for the hypothetical of stable climate and fresh air? (It’ll only take 1000 years to rectify)
Will the developed world provide clean fuel technology at no cost?
Will the developed world check its appetite for goods and services?
How much coal will air conditioners burn this year?
Does China (eager for cars/fat with coal) care to check its stupendous growth?
Will people stop killing to advance what feels like freedom?
Based on what precedent?
At this rate, war or Global War/ming will have its way with us sooner than later, and the Earth will have all of forever to forget about us.
I need to say that I adore this planet, and try to feel for people too. I raise animals, grow a garden, live in bumeffin’ nowhere. The status of this nation has provided me opportunities I could never expect elsewhere. I do not want this to happen. There is every possibility that humanity is/could become a flash in the pan in terms of this planet’s lifespan, through a variety of means and ends.
Global War/ming Remedy: in progress
Vanishing Humanity Remedy:?????????