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I love this world passionately. I love the country I live in passionately, not as a patriot, as a human being who recognises natural beauty and diversity as a wonder to behold and cherish.

So why am I not happy? To start with my species has been run/governed/managed by self-serving, short-sighted egomaniacs for way too long now. The colour of their stripes is irrelevant to me. It is the system that taints them and turns them into parts of a giant perpetual motion machine.

Our leaders and representatives start out with ideals and passions that drive them to be involved. Drive them to think they can make a difference. They gravitate to parties / groups / organisations that they feel can back up and validate them. A group high encourages them to step out and become a localised leading proponent of the organisation and they stand up to have their views justified by the masses. Those that succeed feel vindicated in their beliefs and those of the organisation that supports them. And then comes the education of the public service and the party machine.

Indoctrination.

They are taught how to behave, how to speak in “the house”, how to speak to the press, the public. They are made to tow the party line despite any beliefs that do not fit. They are shown how doing this gives them greater chance of being there after the next judgment of the masses, and what the benefits are to them personally. They are provided with staff to assist and to help them bathe in the self-importance that recognition perpetuates. Then come the lobbyists, the special interest benefits, the data from focus groups that you need to pander to as it may ensure your return to your new comfort zone. Where do YOU really stand in all this? Where is YOUR core?

Our leaders come out of this, usually over and extended time exposed, coloured by and molded into a figure that fits the bill for the organisation’s chances of governing / ruling / running a country / province / state / shire. They are a product not an individual, except in that the most important thing in the world becomes the perpetuation of a position.

The political system most prevalent on the planet is the worst at bring this sorry state about. Unfortunately most people are of the belief that these figures and their associate organisations are running the show. Even they believe it. But this is not the case. They merely give flavour to the real engine.

The Bureaucracy! A thing. Inhumane, unfeeling, entrenched and stale. This is what is really running things. You could take the “government” away and the system would plough on regardless. Impersonal and painstakingly inefficient. Steam rolling all in its way based on the last set of instructions received from the former “rulers”. Yes eventually leaders would form and take the power into their own hands. Only natural that someone will see an opportunity to be number 1: To ensure that things are done a certain way to suit certain ideals and propagate job security. This is the HUMAN side of the machine rearing its head. It could be benevolent. It may not be.

Churchill was supposed to have said something like “democracy isn’t perfect but it’s the best we have”. He may be right but, one day, I hope we, the human race, grows up enough to do better. What we have now has turned into a debacle that is destroying this planet’s essential biodiversity, augmenting the planet’s natural climate variation at an alarming rate with impunity and increasing the divide between the ‘haves and have nots’ on purpose despite how this can only end badly for all.

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Written by gavlang

April 28, 2017 at 12:12 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

We need change, we need to grow up

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Has any one noticed our world is going to shite? Now that was rhetorical.

It is easy to fix but within that easiness seems to be an impenetrable barrier of childishness and blindness driven by egotistical selfishness.

My fix for the worlds woes (call me a flagrant idealist if you like – my arguments may be flawed, my spelling and grammar poor but I feel I have a point):

  • Treat others as you would have them teat you. Wow, what a revelation! how simple! You think?
  • Choose leaders based on their fitness to lead (surely we have come forward enough in evolution to figure out how to do this without battle! I know, Idealist!). Aren’t you tired of inept governance and worthless opposition for oppositions sake. Leaders inspire people to follow, they can stand on the strength of their own integrity, they know the worth of those who follow and let them know it. True leaders are able to listen to advice from those able to provide it but have the fortitude to make their own decisions, whether based on the advice or because of their own convictions, and will stand by their decisions whatever the result, knowing in themselves that they made the best choice at the time. Leaders are people even their strongest enemies hold a deep respect for. Has anyone known a political leader in their life time who would measure up to these criteria?
  • Start providing free education and technological assistance to ALL those who cannot afford to pay. Especially women in 3rd world countries. Lets face it, our modern consumer society has been a major part of stuffing up the planet. Now the 3rd world wants what we have. Do we expect them to get there without making the mistakes we made? What is the current population difference between the haves and have nots in the world? Do the sums. If we do not help them achieve, they are going to fight to get there by hook or by crook. It is human nature. If they are not helped they will plow on regardless laying the remainder of the world to waste. (waste being the optimal problem that has created our current environmental nightmare not “carbon”). Education of women has been well documented as the strongest way to reduce the population explosions in any country. Why should people who cannot afford their next meal miss out on education because of this? Are we so selfishly wrapped up in our own superiority that we cannot see our way to putting some of our wealth to improving this world from the ground up? We have come sooo far since the industrial revolution. Our technological know-how is amazing. What right do we have to hold it back from those who need it to prevent the mistakes we have already made being made again?

Lets forget quibbling over a “price on carbon”. I am made of carbon and so are all of you, and almost every other life form on this planet. The price should be on waste. Waste that is created by the misuse of the worlds resources and by the HUGE population that this small world has to maintain.

Let us all resolve today to treat EVERY other person we deal with, no matter how much we dislike them, the way we expect to be treated by them.

Let us look for the true leaders among us and not just make our decisions based on who makes the promises we want to hear, based on the lobby and focus groups they listen to.

Lets us ask our leaders to support developing world with new world clean technology for free, to support and provide for free education in the developing world, to pay for this from making those who truly pollute the most (and I mean all of us in the developed world) pay penalties if we do not do whatever we can to reduce or re-use our waste.

Who knows, we may begin to start solving the refugee problem as well.

Please follow the link and read the extract. I dare you not to be moved. Please consider what little we have here. How special this world is.

http://www.planetary.org/explore/topics/voyager/pale_blue_dot.html

Written by gavlang

May 4, 2011 at 1:08 am

Posted in Socio-political