Truth & Climate and The Struggle For Survival

Prince Charles is saying that 15 billion annually will stop deforestation and some of the worst effects of climate change, but I think not.

This is not even remotely enough money to change our ways of doing business, which is to promote more resource depletion, increase expenditures for consumer products and support it all by military intervention. That’s the American way and from what I know about the modern world, it’s pretty much everybody’s way these days.

In one of his most out-spoken interventions in the climate change debate, he said a 15 billion annual programme was required to halt deforestation or the world would have to live with the dire consequences.

“We will end up seeing more drought and starvation on a grand scale. Weather patterns will become even more terrifying and there will be less and less rainfall,” he said.

“We are asking for something pretty dreadful unless we really understand the issues now and [the] urgency of them.” The Prince said the rainforests, which provide the “air conditioning system for the entire planet”, releasing water vapour and absorbing carbon, were being lost to poor farmers desperate to make a living.

But here’s something I’ve learned a long time ago. Honesty and telling the truth isn’t desirable, it isn’t considered honorable or respectable or even worth telling (keep silent in other words). Our world behaves as if speaking the truth is a crime. Even being ignorant of the truth is considered more noble and respectable then simply knowing the truth even if you keep your mouth shut, something I just can’t seem to do.

Why is that? Ponder on this for a while, because it’s really rather important.

I am of course, talking about much more then climate change or dreadful weather patterns. Much of what I write is designed to make you think about all the other connections in life, because nothing is unconnected. There are threads that connect each and every one of us to everything else. Some call this chaos theory, I just recognize it as being one of those undeniable parts of life on earth.

We don’t want to hold ourselves responsible for the events in this world, so it’s pretty clear if we don’t, then nobody else will either. And if nobody is responsible, then we have absolutely no ability to change anything. Our course would be fixed and irreversible. We’d be on a collision course to the final destination of death and destruction which is the end of all things (entropy).

But that’s not how the real world actually works and thus, irresponsibility isn’t actually true. It’s a illusionary fabrication we use to get us out of doing something. Our actions = our consequences. Our inactions = our consequences. Therefore, we cannot escape the consequences no matter what. Prince Charles was hinting at this, as have many others, but they don’t come out and say it. We are going to be stuck with the results of our actions and our inactions no matter what.

Americans are responsible for the living conditions in many other countries, which is both good and bad, for example. American corporations go overseas and ’employ’ (I’m being generous here) sweat shop workers for pennies an hour to design, create and fabricate consumable goods for the American market. We buy them at grossly inflated prices ($85 for a pair of shoes that cost $4 or less to manufacture) and the American executives get rich and the workers stay poor. Pretty simple really, it’s the “American way”, that non-negotiable way of life that believes exploiting the poor is for their own good and our ultimate benefit.

Of course, you’d have to be an absolute idiot to agree to this, but most people do, so connect the dots here yourself. Most people see this as an opportunity for workers in other countries where there are no jobs or economic opportunities for those workers (but not an opportunity they would do themselves if asked). Offering them 15 cents an hour is deemed not only fair, but a generous ‘helping hand’ in a depressed economic area. Any employment is considered “good”, whereas unemployment is considered “bad”. But there are many things fundamentally wrong with this line of thinking.

Connecting all of this together is the many, many other threads that require such things like raw resources and deforestation to make this all happen. The minerals and materials used in the manufacture of all those “cheap” American goods (and not just American, but it’s my favorite country to pick on) all come from somewhere, and those places are all badly exploited for their minerals and resources. Yes, people are employed, but to do what? To exploit the planet to the infinite degree causing climate change, deforestation and widespread environmental destruction. And we stupidly call this “good” to this day, even at 15 cents an hour. I call this “cheap thinking”.

Prince Charles often talks about climate change and global warming and all that, but he’s failing to tell the whole truth and the connections behind it all, which is how our world works, what we “expect” for ourselves and even for others. We do not expect for example, for the exploited 2nd and 3rd world countries to ever improve and become like “us”. Why would we want that? If we had that, we’d not get our 15 cent an hour workers, nor would we have access to cheap raw resources.

We all know, if we’ve done any reading at all, that China for example, can never be allowed to achieve the American living standard. Not only would this be “bad for business”, it would be bad for the entire planet. The resource requirements for a billion Chinese simply isn’t there, we’ve allocated all of this for ourselves already. Deforestation for new agricultural lands and new timber resources for example, would proceed at an unprecedented rate. We can’t let that happen.

But what we can let happen is to protect that American way of life, one reason why we are in Iraq. It Thailand can’t produce our goods cheap enough, then we’ll go to Sri Lanka. And if the Philippines can’t provide us with the raw resources we need cheaply enough, then we’ll exploit Ecuador. But the list isn’t as endless as we might think, the world really truly is running out of resources and places to go and exploit and people to oppress. Well, not people to oppress, not really. That’s now happening here, in America, daily.

But these are truths that are actually pretty simple to understand and simple to explain. Underlying them all is the paradigm of modern living — which is really only paradigm for modern living for the 1st world inhabitants, but not the 2nd and 3rd world inhabitants. We really do not want, nor expect to see the residents of Papua New Guinea live like we do, or anybody else for that matter. Modern living means “us” and not anybody else.

What we are really talking about here is xenophobia and racism.

Of course Americans are xenophobic and racist, but so is everyone else too. It’s not unique to this first world country at all, and is found throughout the entire world. We all create divisions and barriers to divide us out, the rich and the poor, the black and white, the privileged and oppressed, the communist and democratic, the capitalist and socialist and on and on. All humans have this tendency to divide out what they do not like nor understand and immediately labeling these divisions with negative connotations.

This pretentiously helps us “cope” and understand the tiny corners of the world we live in while trying to keep everyone else out. It is our way of identifying with ourselves, but nobody else. But what we are talking about here is the struggle for survival. That is the fundamental underlying message here. Americans struggle for survival for their way of life (at the expense of everyone else) and France does this too. All of the 1st world countries are quite adept at doing this, that’s why they are 1st world countries.

The third world countries and the even the 2nd world countries aren’t so good at this. They’ve remained either incapable or exploited for quite a long time now. Their struggle for survival is exactly the same as ours, but they cannot be allowed to achieve too much success by the 1st world countries.

We “know this” now and it’s one of those terrible truths that nobody wants to talk about. I can also say this — it is certainly not fixable and never will be. There is only so much room on top of the heap of humanity for so many people to live at our present living standards. Dubai for example, is exemplifying perhaps the most extreme bourgeois living in the world. Ever stop to wonder where all those resources are coming from? Or how they got there? And at what planetary expense this must mean?

Dubai’s “struggle for survival” is in all honesty, absolutely absurd. But then again, so is most of the 1st world living standards, it’s just a matter of degree. But it doesn’t make any difference anymore as Prince Charles and many others are trying to show. It’s effectively too late already for all of the world to change, no matter how many billions of British pounds we toss at “the problem”, because this is NOT the root cause of the problem. The categorical failure to identify and deal with our differences and our expectations as a divided species on this planet will doom us to fail in this effort. Our struggle for survival will remain firmly in place, exactly like it is today. This is why resource depletion and resource wars are now firm fixtures both now and in the future.

The entire Earth is also firmly fixed into a downward spiral of depletion, death and destruction with terrifying effects. This also means that what humans have, i.e., their “lot in life”, is all now they will now ever have.

This means that we have achieved peak living standards, peak “democracy” and peak fairness about how the world is divided up among all of us humans. No third world country will be permitted to become a second world country (or a country at all, as is the case with Palestine), we’ll be far too busy making sure that they don’t as we extract their assets and resources to maintain our living standards.

No second world country will be permitted to become a first world country either for the same reasons. They will be the buffer zones and occupation points to keep the third world at bay as long as possible, effectively the middle-men, now and forever (until complete collapse sets in). The names may change on the maps, as they often seem to do in the last hundred years or so, but the nation-states will pretty much remain the same as they’ve always been.

The struggle for survival then is already “fixed” and effectively set in stone. You would have to eliminate all of the first world countries for this to change at all (and would only help slightly) and we can be pretty sure that’s not going to happen in one fell swoop unless some irreversible plague were to hit and wipe everyone out.

Therefore, xenophobia and racism will forever be with us, even right through the collapse. This isn’t news, not to me anyway, I do not expect anything to change for the better, I only expect (rightly so I think) for things to significantly worsen. The warnings of Charles and others are being broadly ignored as the world plunges ahead with abandon.

The struggle for survival will continue on the exact same course it has always been on for the past several thousand years. Human nature has not changed, human nature will not change. Actions and inactions equal consequences. Xenophobia and racism will remain as our dividing lines as long as we keep promoting them.

Those inhabiting the Earth today have been sorely misled into false ideals of hope based on a flawed paradigm of reality. It does not matter if you are Christian or Muslim, Buddhist or Hindu, capitalist or communist, socialist or fascist, these ARE the dividing lines that will continue to promote our destruction. The world will not remember you and your ideals of hope in your passing, but it will remember the lines you drew.

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3 thoughts on “Truth & Climate and The Struggle For Survival

  • May 18, 2008 at 1:31 pm
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    In 1975, Frederik Pohl published his novel, Gateway. It is about a race of aliens who have cyclically consumed their planet in a series of unending cycles that inevitably result in a crash of civilization back down to the virtual level of pre-human. It is a fascinating read and great analogy to our situation.
  • May 19, 2008 at 7:58 pm
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    I’m amazed at your ability to continue to put forth such excellent points of view at a time when in my case most of my time is devoted to my garden.

    The struggle for survival can be looked at as a cancer growth. 1st world countries being malignant at the expense of the rest of the world.

  • May 20, 2008 at 4:27 am
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    Cherenkov, I’ve not read Gateway, but that same basic premise (of an isolated planet, population overshoot, resource overconsumption, and follow on crash) was perhaps borrowed from Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle in one of the best hard sci-fi novels ever made, ‘The Mote In God’s Eye’ (1974). It and its follow on book (‘The Gripping Hand’ – 1993) are well worth a read.

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