Friday, April 22, 2011

Is Earth Day A Celebration Or A Funeral?

You would think that most folks know where the human species lives, works, eats, and breathes.

You would think humanity would use all its power and might to preserve the planet that gives them their sustenance.

You would think that world renowned scholars would report that we are doing a wonderful job, as any sane species would be doing, in that regard.

In short, one would think everyone would want to take care of their home, their whole world.

But I am very sad to report, like last year, that is not the case on the planet Earth on this Earth Day 2011:
I have barely skimmed the surface of these critical issues, but do not want to end without mentioning another externality that is dismissed in market systems: the fate of the species. Systemic risk in the financial system can be remedied by the taxpayer, but no one will come to the rescue if the environment is destroyed. That it must be destroyed is close to an institutional imperative. Business leaders who are conducting propaganda campaigns to convince the population that anthropogenic global warming is a liberal hoax understand full well how grave is the threat. But they must maximize short-term profit and market share; if they don't, someone else will. This vicious cycle could well turn out to be lethal. To see how grave the danger is, simply have a look at the new Congress in the US, propelled into power by business funding and propaganda. Almost all are climate deniers. They have already begun to cut funding for measures that might mitigate environmental catastrophe. Worse, some are true believers, for example the new head of a subcommittee on the environment who explained that global warming cannot be a problem because God promised Noah that there will not be another flood.
As long as the general population is passive, apathetic, diverted to consumerism or hatred of the vulnerable, then the powerful can do as they please, and those who survive will be left to contemplate the outcome.
(Professor Noam Chomsky, emphasis added). Instead of a celebration of life, a celebration that humanity is taking care of our paradise in space, we must report that MOMCOM is actively murdering the planet Earth, actively celebrating war, destruction, and death.

We believe that the society destroying disease is concentrated in the hearts and minds of those in power, and that it gets there via the toxins of power.

We call that concentration MOMCOM simply because that is where power is concentrated, so that is where the world destroying corruption emanates from.

We must, therefore, become citizen soldiers so as to begin to fight the good fight, the fight to stop the bad war against our home world:
He's five foot-two, and he's six feet-four,
He fights with missiles and with spears.
He's all of thirty-one, and he's only seventeen,
Been a soldier for a thousand years.

He'a a Catholic, a Hindu, an Atheist, a Jain,
A Buddhist and a Baptist and a Jew.
And he knows he shouldn't kill,
And he knows he always will,
Kill you for me my friend and me for you.

And he's fighting for Canada,
He's fighting for France,
He's fighting for the USA,
And he's fighting for the Russians,
And he's fighting for Japan,
And he thinks we'll put an end to war this way.

And he's fighting for Democracy,
He's fighting for the Reds,
He says it's for the peace of all.
He's the one who must decide,
Who's to live and who's to die,
And he never sees the writing on the wall.

But without him,
How would Hitler have condemned him at Dachau?
Without him Caesar would have stood alone,
He's the one who gives his body
As a weapon of the war,
And without him all this killing can't go on.

He's the Universal Soldier and he really is to blame,
His orders come from far away no more,
They come from here and there and you and me,
And brothers can't you see,
This is not the way we put the end to war.
(Universal Soldier, Donovan). There it is, it is incumbent on those not in power to keep those in power in check, in sanity, yes in good spirits.