SAVE THE PLANET: ORGANIZE, EDUCATE, ACT.
by Robin Mathews
January 27, 2012
DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t talk.Ã‚Â Act.Ã‚Â DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t turn away Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ to other things.Ã‚Â We all Ã¢â‚¬â€œ or most of us Ã¢â‚¬â€œ do that.Ã‚Â We wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t look painful truth in the face.Ã‚Â We Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t. We turn away Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ almost forced to do so by our fears.
But, now, we have no choice.Ã‚Â Global heating is upon us, and will erase human life from the planet Ã¢â‚¬â€œ which will go on whirling through space without us. Good science states that as fact. The subject, here, is the imminent destruction of human life on the planet.
Paleontologists are looking at dinosaur footprints from 120 million years ago.Ã‚Â Humankind has been significant on the planet for (generously) 20,000 years.Ã‚Â In that 20,000 years humankind has raced forward Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ towards destruction.Ã‚Â As poetic theorists put it humankind has the moral development of just-beyond-apes and the scientific development of a superpeople.Ã‚Â A murderous combination.
We just-beyond-ape people want a pecking order, want a power hierarchy … perhaps need it. That doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have to be wrong, if itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s balanced and restrained. But some are driven by greed, animosity, lust, fear, desire to dominate.Ã‚Â They often succeed in dominating. And then they work to undermine law, convention, justice, and fairness. But not all are like that. When the ones driven by greed, animosity, lust, fear, and a desire to dominate reach the power apex, they go mad Ã¢â‚¬â€œ as is the case now – insane.Ã‚Â Power tends to corrupt; absolute power corrupts absolutely.Ã‚Â Absolute corruption loses all moral base.