Wednesday, November 16, 2005

 

Come In Human Beings Your Time Is Up!

Do you ever wake up some mornings, switch on the news, pick up a newspaper and think “We human beings, really don’t deserve to be living on this planet”? Somedays it seems that we humans are just basically evil and cannot do anything, except think up new ways to kill each other and make more money, at the expense of absolutely everything else.

You’d think that the in the 21st Century then we might have moved on a bit, but no – we’re still up to our same old routines, just like in the dark ages – killing and torturing people because we don’t like their religion or the colour of their skin. That might sound trite – but if you look at it, we haven’t moved on even one inch since then – oh sure we’ve got computers, the internet and mobile phones, we’ve put men on the moon but we’ve also got fanatical religious fundamentalists, leading invasions of other countries or blowing themselves up on tube trains. We might have found a way of alleviating the suffering caused by Aids, but we won’t give it to the people who need it the most, because the drug companies can’t make any profit out of it. We might realise that it is actually possible to alleviate third world famine, with a bit of debt relief and wealth re-distribution – but we will never do it, because it will mean that in our ‘industrialised’ world, that some people may have to take a little drop in their living standards.

All these hurricanes, floods etc. that are battering our world with an ever increasing ferocity every year – they’re not just freak occurrences, it’s our pollution and industrialisation, forcing up global warming, heating up the oceans, melting the ice-caps at astounding rates. Changing the climatic currents of the planet, that have remained pretty much unchanged for tens of thousands of years, until the industrial revolution – and now we’re seeing massively accelerated change every year. The deserts are moving northwards into Spain and southern Europe, the islands of the southern Pacific are sinking as water levels rise. Annually the islands of the West Indies & the southern states of the USA are subjected to worse and worse, batterings by hurricanes, but still the industrialised nations refuse to do anything about it.

With the USA & Australia refusing to sign up for the Kyoto protocol, China & Indias’ economies about to start ramping up with ever increasing industrialisation, to massive levels. With other western countries that have signed up, involved in ridiculous trade-offs with non-industrialised African & South American states, for their allowed quotas of toxic emissions – what do they think this is? Some kind of worldwide game of Monopoly? I’ll trade your 10,000 tons of carbon-dioxide emissions for $3 billion plus a few jet fighters.

Of course the men & women who run these giant multi-nationals aren’t really concerned about what lays 20 or 30 years down the line, they’re just concerned about their profits over the next 5 years or so – they’ll all be dead and their children & grandchildren well they’ll all be living in a J.G.Ballard novel. It’s all about the dollar, greed, the short term accumulation of wealth – they just plain ‘don’t care’ what kind of world they pass on to the next generation, that is the honest truth. Is that evil?

Is it evil that tobacco giants like Phillip Morris, can go on producing a legal addictive drug, that they know kills millions of people every year? Are the owners and shareholders of a company like this more of less guilty of genocide, than say Adolf Hitler or Pol Pot? They’d say ‘no’ of course, they’d say we don’t force people to smoke that’s their choice – but as their western markets begin to decline, just look at the ferocious way in which they’re targeting the markets in Asia. If you make your living by selling people something that you know, 100% no argument about it, may very well kill them – does that make you a bad person, when you deliberately introduce them to something that is more physically addictive than heroin, are you guilty of drug dealing?

When it all comes down to it – it seems that the only thing we’re actually any good at is killing each other off… either with more inventive & sophisticated weaponry, smart bombs & cruise missiles, daisy cutters & white phosphorus or surreptitiously with under education & neglect. If we spent just 10% of the time, energy & money, that we use to make weapons of mass destruction on trying to give everyone in this world a decent standard of living, so that nobody has to starve, freeze to death or live in poverty – we could solve a huge chunk of the planets problems straight off. But there would be no short term profit in it – so far better than to start a few wars, so our multi-nationals can profit be selling weapons to all sides & then make more money by cleaning up the destruction afterwards…

So do we really deserve to be living on this planet? After all if it is the only world with life on in this Solar System, we human beings are not doing a very good job of caring for it – we seem do spend an inordinate amount of time killing – killing the other animals, killing the forests & natural habitat, killing the atmosphere, killing the resources and most time of all we seem to spend killing each other. Maybe we should let the cockroaches take over, I’m pretty sure they couldn’t do a worse job.

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