G1: “You’re sayin’ it’s America’s fault?”
G2: “Sure. Who uses the most stuff that ends up in the atmosphere?”
G1: “What about China?”
G3: “Yeah, they beat the Americans by a billion miles!”
G2: “But America’s tryin’ to spread its life-style all over the world—tryin’ to make everybody into gross consumers.”
G3: “But China’s makin’ the most babies…”
Gal: “Whachu guys talkin’ ’bout?”
G1: “Who’s puttin’ the most shit in the atmosphere.”
Gal: “That’s easy, it’s the rich guys in power.”
G2: “But which rich guys?”
Gal: “Don’t matter what country, if they got the power they’re gonna trash things for the rest of us…”
That imaginary scene certainly isn’t deep or precise or particularly wise, but one thing’s for sure—those in power aren’t doing anywhere near enough to save our human family from critical disaster.
And, It’s not China or the Americans; it’s the people in power in those countries. The rest of us, all over the world, are reaping the dark fallout from their lack of wisdom.
“So, Alex, you seem to be saying the rich/powerful leaders are killing humanity?”
Pretty much, yes.
A case in point:
From SciDev.Net: Sea level rise ‘will surpass worst-case scenario’ “A sea level rise of one metre or more is predicted to have a devastating effect on major coastal cities, island states and populous delta areas such as those in Bangladesh and Myanmar.
“A panel of experts speaking yesterday (10 March) at the International Scientific Conference on Climate Change in Copenhagen, Denmark, warned that without efforts to curb the rise of greenhouse gas emissions, sea level rise would expose most parts of the world to greater storm surges — increases in local sea level caused by the winds of storms — threatening lives and infrastructure.”
I can imagine one of those guys in the café saying: “So a bunch of poor beggars get a little wet, so what?”
Sorry guy, it’s not just a bunch of poor beggars getting a little wet; it’s millions of our fellow humans suffering and dying because a certain class of humans are addicted to a life-style that harms Mother Nature and makes Her lash out in pain and rage.
I may be attacked for saying this, but the attitude that unlimited freedom leads to prosperity has been clearly proven to be false. The affluent bubble has needles of crisis poking it all over…
From the Climate Change Policy Advisor at Oxfam : Sea level rise spells increased likelihood of disaster for the world’s poorest people “These startling new predictions on sea level rise spell disaster for millions of the world’s poorest people. Poor coastal communities in countries such as Bangladesh are already struggling to cope with a changing climate and it can only get worse. This must be a wake-up call for rich countries are not doing anywhere near enough to prevent these cataclysmic predictions becoming a reality. Rich countries, who created the climate crisis, must cut their emissions from 1990 levels by at least 40 percent by 2020 and provide the $50 billion that is the minimum needed each year to help the world’s poorest people adapt to the unavoidable impacts of climate change.”
Your home may not look like the one in that image but if the kind of home it is makes you not care what’s happening to the people who live there, you need to examine your conscience, make it face reality, and find some form of compassion for the struggling and innocent members of our Human Family…
“He must not consider divergence of races nor difference of nationalities; he must not view variation in denomination and creed, nor should he take into account the differing degrees of thoughts; nay, rather, he should look upon all as mankind and realize that all must become united and agreed. He must recognize all as one family, one race, one native land; he must see all as the servants of one God, dwelling beneath the shelter of His mercy.”
‘Abdu’l-Bahá: The Promulgation of Universal Peace
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As a human being learns to truly listen to the self, he learns what it means to stop thinking. You stop paying attention to what other people are supposedly saying or doing and suddenly realize none of that matters. This is the start of the sudden desire to stop blaming, victimizing or judging. When communication consists of ego minds interacting, this is not dialogue. This simply reveals the mind is controlling you, instigating conflict, torment and reasons for prolonged suffering. Getting in touch with one’s inner self creates a space where mind is not present, where you only speak of others in terms of compassion. That is the answer to any question.