Tell It Like It Is
Complete text in: Who Speaks for human species? For earth?
Politics divides. Economic incentive divides. Religious creed divides. The greatest common factor and the sole natural unifier among all human beings is that we all need food, water, and air to survive. Perhaps that is why the issue of sustainability has remained fundamentally unaddressed by all of these sophisticated sociological creations of civilization, because of the demands of modern ecology that people put aside their divisive [……] Ecologists have demonstrated that large-scale interactive behavior between the flora and fauna of our planet has been responsible for maintaining a delicate balance. It is a balance that human civilization is destroying with the byproducts of its enlightened progress. [……] There are no lifeboats moored to Earth, ladies and gentlemen. [……] This is what I mean by “telling it like it is”—not that one person’s opinion is the truth while the opinions of others are somehow not the truth, but that the issue of our ailing planet is the most serious problem we have to address as a species of people. A unity that transcends all national boundaries [……] is required to surmount the problem. [……] For the good of everyone, each one will have to make changes to his lifestyle which may seem counterintuitive and which may require significant sacrifice and adjustment. This runs contrary to the capitalist, theist ideal of the pursuit of individual happiness and fulfillment as the highest calling of mankind. [……] But making responsible choices in one’s own life—minding one’s own business, in other words—is, regrettably, not enough. [……] This blog will be a place to discuss the role of religion, politics, and economic theory in the massive catastrophe at hand. It will be a place to discuss progress and solutions. There is no need for hysteria. There is a need for decisive action. The buzz that creates this action will not come from the major media [……] governments [……] churches [……] activist groups like Greenpeace [……] The buzz will come from you and me. We must be the prophets of our age. We must each personally spread the word wherever and however we can that, if enough people care, and only if enough people care, it is not yet too late—although narrowly so—to set a new paradigm. George Orwell once wrote that “Liberty is the right to tell people what they don’t want to hear.” On the one hand, it would be convenient for our kind to continue to largely ignore the most fundamental sicknesses of our way of life. No one would have to give up anything. But, as the problem becomes recognized, internalized, and engaged by the masses, one has to consider the following question: who doesn’t want a chance to save the world? Whose life isn’t made hollow by the unrequited need? The chance is ours. The time is now. Silence is molten.
With my past and my future precisely divided—
Am I at that moment?
I haven’t decided. – Tom Marshall, “Julius” by Phish