That’s a depressing report - in my opinion, because it is true.
We are also washing our soils into the sea - 60 years left until they are largely gone, according to one report. That’s so terrifying I can hardly write coherently.
That is an issue which is right alongside and contemporaneous with climate change, the ongoing and accelerating sixth extinction, the growing threat of pandemic disease, artificial intelligence, the pervasive security state, the new cold war, the prediction from the 90 percent paper of the complete crash of the world ocean fisheries by 2048, and on and on…
These thoughts haunt many of my waking moments, and are always somewhere in the background of my mind.
I imagine I am not alone in this.
A “Peoples Assembly” - the United Nations - where to turn?
Maybe - but since Magna Carta in the 1200 England they too have been largely neutralized, the primary right of the people on a jury to decide first and foremost on the “justice” of the contravened law itself having been long ago done away with, by the modern equivalent of King John - the capitalist kings of the world today - and most egregiously - enacted by the many career oriented up and comers we call mangers and politicians and engineers and scientists and on and on - accomplices in the undoing of the world.
The primacy of justice rather than “laws” must somehow become our guiding principle.
In his book “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance”, Pirsig asks through an ancient Greek dialogue:
"And what is good Phaedrus - and what is not good ?
Need we ask anyone to tell us these things?
I think not.
Like the “pure democrats” - the Apaches in John C. Cremony’s book “Life Among the Apaches”, each citizen must know their own heart, and act accordingly.
You don’t have to be an investor you know - it really is an individual decision.
While I think these grand initiatives such as the UN and this People’s Assembly might be good - even necessary - I remain unconvinced of their ultimate efficacy.
Somehow, children must be raised who believe in themselves - who know their history and pre-history - who know how to eat - who know how to think for themselves - who understand that:
“perfection is achieved - not when there is nothing more to add - but when there is nothing more to take away”
- Antoine de Saint - Exupery in “Wind, Sand and Stars”