Lately, I've been watching old LA Law episodes and many of the subjects brilliantly tackled on that TV show are just as relevant today--30 years later!
A few nights ago I watched as two women lawyers mocked the use of the word WE. Ann Kelsy says to a young female attorney, "Well, there's the royal WE and then there's us." She was responding to a decision made by the 2 top male partners of the law firm... with that decision then passed down.
I loved that!
It's time this understanding came across when journalists attempt to honestly cover the events of our times. I would encourage Mr. Atcheson to watch the last 2 Democracy Now programs since Amy Goodman interviews several astute female Indigenous leaders. They are very keen on this idea that Indigenous people are NOT present at ANY of the decision-making tables... in Paris now, when it counts so much!
And Ms.Goodman asks several why the issue of Global Warming is of particular interest and significance to women.
Contrast the narrow exclusivity of those making the actual Paris COP21 decisions (on the numbers, and just about everything else) with this GENERIC comment... hiding under the universal "we" tent, disingenuously:
"But the fact is, whether we choose a target of 1.5 C or 2 C, the target for a 90% margin of safety is gone. So we’re now reduced to playing Russian roulette with our future—but because we’ve delayed action for so long, we’ve got bullets in two chambers, instead on one. "
If WE represented a true and broad consensus of mankind in its genuine diversity, those numbers would be quite different, as would systems of enforcement, legal frameworks, and the financial priorities that drive these types of things.
"In essence, by playing with the margins of safety we are willing to accept, we are obscuring the urgency of acting now—right now—by increasing the risk we’re willing to pass on to our children and their children. This is inexcusable, and it is the greatest failure of the entire COP process."
A one-size-fits all conclusion of this nature does a very good job of HIDING the fact that it's Big Oil, and specific corporations like Monsanto, Raytheon, Pfizer... that hold governments hostage. IF there was a true equivalence between what people wanted--as taken through verifiable referendums--rather than what is imposed from the top-down, with the top beholden to those corporate moguls... THEN one could claim honest use of the WE frame that is promiscuously utilized.
All those beautiful, sincere-hearted Indigenous people who made the pilgrimage to Paris with the hopes that they would be heard, their views in good faith respected, were shut out.
What the corporate titans decide and impose is not the will of WE the people, nor indicative of the wisdom teachings of the most aware when it comes to human beings' relationship to the living earth, Mother.