CounterPunch is a lifeboat of sanity in today’s turbulent political seas. Please make a tax-deductible donation and help us continue to fight Trump and his enablers on both sides of the aisle. Every dollar counts!
This is the question at the heart of many political-economic-environmental crises in today’s world. Whatever the source, it always has something to do with humans not living within their means in harmony with other humans and the natural world around them; the nature of humans constantly corrupted by life’s seven hellish sins in perpetual conflict with their opposites among the seven heavenly virtues. It’s a perpetual Ying/Yang that seeks the creation of either a Heaven or Hell on Earth.
The crisis at the heart of the upcoming Paris Climate Conference is no different. All the lofty goals, hopes and expectations yet to be drafted by well-meaning humans will inevitably remain fraught with many such Ying/Yang frustrations and acrimonies.
Given the scale of the multitude of problems in the world – fueled by a constant out-of-control population explosion and neoliberal, fascistic war of economic-political-military-environmental terror – unless the human nature of Homo sapiens can demonstrate rapid, dramatic, positive change, nothing will fundamentally reduce the human or planetary crises at hand. So, unless and until some remarkable new balance or homeostasis is struck between these seven sins and virtues, the Hell on Earth humans seem intent upon constantly creating for its own and other species will continue to escalate.
As the 2015 Climate Conference continues in Paris, amidst on-going war tensions that threaten to engulf the world, the French government’s decision to ban civil society protests, marches and rallies around the conference, or the daily skewed spins created by the world’s mainstream press that constantly subvert the truth about so much, are reminders of what forever lies behind the catastrophe of the human crises and their parallels in the natural world. Since many of the world’s best and brightest are prevented from convening in Paris or are muzzled from discussing the real source and solution to so many perplexing human dilemmas and impasses, the real core question is whose values, ultimately, will be given the greatest precedence in the increasingly chaotic world in which the human species finds itself enmeshed?
No matter what comes out of Paris, life will go on as it always must, whether human crises manifest through further horrific events like: the Paris Tragedy of November 13th; the Syrian Civil War; mass exodus of displaced Middle Eastern, African, South American peoples, or; the endless ‘War of Terror’ waged against both humans and the planet. Yet as life goes on, will it reflect ever more corrupt-anarchic-elitist-fascist values, morals and principles that continue to bring the world to its knees or the lofty goals of the InterPressService/iCrowdNewswire’s new exciting, hopeful launch of an innovative Civil Society communication network hub?
The physical outer world is always a mirror reflection of the inner spiritual world. The mounting planetary climate change an extension of escalating climatic conditions among humans that only seem to change in the degree of intensity of violence that is perpetrated against the earth or humanity, whether the monstrous violence manifests through: civil wars; mean-spirited political harangues against raising the minimum wage of average workers, irrespective of how much obscenely more their CEO counterparts receive; the enactment of ruthless laws like the TPP, or; corporate monsters like Monsanto, Pfizer, Lockheed Martin or Raytheon, to name but a tiny few; and a rogues gallery of countries like Saudi Arabia, Israel, United States, who constantly destroy the welfare and well-being of the planet and humans alike.
Some new all-encompassing word must be found for the human tongue that can succinctly communicate the distress of the marginalized masses and real dimensions of this violent human-climatic crisis that, once uttered, as if by magic, will everywhere cause the penny to drop and bring about the much-needed 180 degree sea change within the affairs of the human species and its tiny planetary home hurtling together through the void of endless space.
Yet, one way or the other, with or without we humans as fellow travelers, our Planet Earth will continue, undeterred, on her cosmic journey towards whatever unknown destination.