For with much wisdom comes much sorrow;
the more knowledge, the more grief.
and this to add to your poignant quote:
In this universe we are given two gifts: the ability to love, and the ability to ask questions. Which are, at the same time, the fires that warm us and the fires that scorch us. , Mary Oliver from Winter Hours
While I appreciate the author’s guarded optimism I’m wondering where he got the notion that there has been a “guaranteeing of old age security”?
I must have missed that! Maybe it’s just me as I enter old age . . . but I’ve never felt more insecure in my life!
We’re anything but an endangered species. Too many of us is endangering other species. Nature is adjusting, balancIng our overpopulation as with all other species, to maintain security in diversity.
“ Teach your children what we have taught our children, that the earth is our mother. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth. If men spit upon the ground, they spit upon themselves.
This we know: the earth does not belong to man - man belongs to the earth. This we know. All things are connected like the blood that unites one’s family. All things are connected.
Chief Seattle (Sealth), Suquamish Chief
It was when humans lost their sense of being part of Gaia, part of the great whole, that we pretty well guaranteed our extinction. Oh, we would have become extinct at some point, as have 99.9% of all those who have gone before us. But we began to believe we were above it all, that we ruled it all, that we were predestined by some sky god to rape and ruin our Grandmother who provided all things. That sky god became exclusively male, and was believed to be a Creator, that women were nothing except to provide sons. Chattel, just like our domesticated animals.
Now, this belief is global. Only very few pockets of indigenous peoples cling to the old ways. The people of Ladakh are now embroiled in the war between India and China, their ancient culture linked to the Earth and each other probably doomed. It had been endangered by Western tourism and materialism, but managed to hold on, barely. Now…Amazonia is burning out of control, as is the Taiga of Siberia.
Since humans now look to find and colonize other planets, we don’t care what happens to Gaia. Elon Musk et al think they can terraform Mars. Therefore, it will be no great loss if we become extinct in the next few years. Gaia will survive, no matter what happens.
Sad, but true.
Unfortunately, not true — at least in the short term and insofar as C-19 is concerned. There will be more humans born in 2020 than will die of Covid-19; probably many, many more. OTOH, humans continue to ravage Mother Earth, in the long run endangering not only nearly all other species (cockroaches excepted?) but ourselves as well. Maybe by 2050 some serious balancing will begin . . .
It’s hard to win a war if you blind to its realities.
Whether we are cowed by it or not, or indoctrinated against it or its possibility, defeating the ruling class in all its gross and greedy manifestations is the sine qua non of a progress towards a better world. It has always been thus, though now the stakes are higher, approaching an epic, the survival of humanity.
This is how the very wealthy EU is addressing climate change and ever growing poverty. The EU still takes billions of profits out of Africa via is Corporations. France itself still collects billions in tribute from their ex colonies in Africa. We all know what a monster king Leopold was in Belgium and how Britain and Germany sent billions to their home Countries when they claimed regions in Africa as part of their Empires.
Less than 10 years ago NATO member nations destroyed the richest Country in Africa in order to get a grip on that Countries resources and head off attempts that Libya had started to create a Pan African Currency so as to start removing the hold the EU member nations had over that Continent.
So with peoples in Africa facing ever rising poverty , Governments collapsing, peoples being thrown off the land to make room for foreign Multi-nationals to take over the same how does the EU try and help?
They send the Military and the Police in these Countries more funds to use violence against people that are trying to flee and make sure they can not escape those Countries.
500 billion in Euros a year flow Just to France from these African Nations. What it takes to save ourselves is to stop stealing from others and systems of resource extraction that leave vast swathes of land uninhabitable is stealing from others.
Shut down the Exxons, shut down the Cargills, shut down Barrick Gold , shut down the billionaires.
What we need is a really deep and long lasting ice age.
Stupid lies are stupid. Humanity is nowhere near endangered. Our species is as durable as cockroaches and non-recyclable garbage.
Human individuals, on the other hand, are not. The death toll of environmental collapse (as well as economic collapse) might number in the billions. Western civilization might come crashing down in ruins, and the survivors might be reduced to medieval subsistence.
Isn’t that bad enough? Hyperbole about extinction is stupid stupid bullshit.
Our failures are likely to destroy many other species, but not our own.
Too bad. The other species were worthwhile.
Top-flite article, hitting all the bases.
The non-avian dinosaurs were around for 150 million years - land/sea and air. Life was good - who would disagree - all lights green.
Until they weren’t.
We and a few of our domesticated plants and animals have taken over pretty much the whole planet, and we are full of ourselves - delusional, as all hubrisitic people are.
Until they aren’t.
You would think the pandemic would have alerted a few progressives here that all is not what it seems.
Saw this a gazillion times in the mtns -
That’s why we need real visionary leaders.
That’s the root cause of the problem — a drastic decrease in the number of deaths each year without a corresponding decrease in the number of births each year. There have always been those who suffer and die due
to poverty (often resulting from the greed of others), but the sheer number of those who are suffering today has never been equaled – or even approached – and it’s going to get a lot worse in the near future as climate change continues to impact food production and the availability of fresh water.
As an environmental engineer, my profession may accidentally hold great guilt in the matter. By providing safe drinking water we have safeguarded far more life-years than doctors. Nevertheless, there were always those among us who admonished against excess growth.
Larry’s warnings make grim reading – but true. The scientific evidence shows humanity has no more than ten years to save the environment from global warming. And the pandemic we are in now could be the first of many worse to come. But the greatest danger is nuclear war: we could be on the very brink of it now, possibly not years but months. We face the very real and immediate threat of nuclear winter and a planet ravaged by disease and starvation. All the evidence points to another world war. The first step to preventing it is to accept that we are doomed to destruction if we do not. For more on this, a free e-book and essay search: never forget the ghosts of history – wordpress.
Wishfull thinking. There is no good news. And no skyfaries either.