73 – An Intellectual Revolution is Brewing …
Most of the men and women making the decisions that affect our survival are refusing to acknowledge … either by silence or negation … the destructive impact on the environment 1- of our unhealthy population growth 2- of the unsustainability of economic systems based on unbounded consumerism and 3- of the hate-promoting divisiveness of religious dogma.
These people are getting richer and richer while watching most of humanity struggle and suffer under their destructive decisions … decisions that are made selfishly and purposefully to promote increased instability and inequality.
These are the people supposed to create a better world for Humanity but are instead actually destroying it. How irrational is this! You and I won’t destroy – not if we are rational – the world that feeds and sustains us. And yet this is exactly what these people are doing.
The signs of our impact on the environment are unpredictable and impending. Everything we do that involves combustion is increasing the acidity of the oceans and the levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, which already are, according to Wikipedia, higher than any time in the last 800 thousand years. These are colossal changes we are inflicting on the chemical constitution of the environment that supports all of us on earth.
Yet the profitability of multinational corporations continue to demand a growing number of consumers, and the livelihood of most organized religions continue to depend on an increasing number of followers. So by continuing to promote our abnormal growth and our unsustainable levels of consumption, these two Forces are accelerating a crisis of unprecedented dimensions.
But although the catastrophic signs are imminent, these guys won’t change. Our current systems of governance allow them, without consequences, to annihilate rationality, to assume power by deception, to let corruption and predatory greed go unchecked, to incite conflict for ideological or profitable reasons … and all done without regards for the devastation it oftentimes inflicts on human life. These guys are drunk with Power and won’t let go, even if it destroys us all.
But crises are the cauldrons of change. There is, especially amongst young people, an emerging level of higher rationality and a growing empathy for our world rebelling against the greed, the ignorance and the irrationality of our leaders.
An intellectual revolution is brewing amongst the millions that are being oppressed, or cannot find jobs, or are faced with the dismal opportunities of a stolen Future.
“There is a change in consciousness, the intuition that something big is possible; that a great change in the world’s priorities is within people’s grasp.”
 From “Why It’s Still Kicking Off Everywhere: The New Global Revolutions” by Paul Mason
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