[observations from ~burning woman~ ]
Quotes: “You are not entitled to your opinion. You are entitled to your informed opinion. No one is entitled to be ignorant.” — Harlan Ellison
“To put everything in balance is good, to put everything in harmony is better.” ― Victor Hugo
Quotes are good to attract attention to an idea but beyond that they really mean nothing, having necessarily been taken out of context, and what matters is the context, not the quote.
Having said that, and following my two quotes (and you can go ahead and say, or think, they are meaningless) I wish to say this: in a lifetime of observation of how Earthian society goes about furthering and plundering itself, I notice that all of it is based on misinformation, disinformation, belief systems based on faith or theories, none of which can be proven as being fact. One thing I found to be true of Earthian society: nothing about it is true.
The motions of society are like a dull over-salted sea putrid with dead and dying growth, growth that exists only to further more growth without any desire to change or better itself. The sluggish waves pile up more flotsam and jetsam upon the shores of the world’s “great” centers of civilization, burying them under thickening mantles of propaganda and lies, the stench of corruption rising like a festering, disease-filled steam over the earth, gradually rising up the sides of remaining mountains, and covering the poles, their pristine snows and glaciers melting and crumbling, their fetid waters flowing inexorably to be absorbed by the dying sea.
Let me then give some context to the first quote: you are not entitled to your opinion. You are entitled to an informed opinion, if you must have one. No one is entitled to be ignorant. Sadly, that is obviously not how Earthians reason. In fact, following the recent spate of election rhetoric down south it’s obvious that ignorance is held in very high regard; a necessary factor in claiming the highest seat of power in the land.
How did Earthian society become so devastatingly ignorant that it is able and quite willing to destroy itself by destroying its living ecosystem and maybe its home world for no valid reason? Well, it’s called entitlement. That doesn’t apply only to the rich, but to every sector of society. The rich, predictably, never have enough because the more they have of their own manufactured and artificial “richness” – the more they realize how ephemeral and baseless their accumulated false wealth is. What they chased is now chasing them and they have to get more in order to stave off the inevitable: that unavoidable collapse each generation of entitled elite hopes will not catch up to them.
And the poor, what about the poor? Their excuse for contributing to the demise of the planet is economic survival by having lots and lots of “kids” for support in their old age. They need income, so killing the last elephant, or lion, or taking the last tree, the last ‘whatever,’ or serving the chemical monsters of the age by using deadly chemicals on crops for growth and protection from insect infestations is all legitimate. After all, aren’t we all entitled to the good life, however we may find it? If not the good life, at the very least some type of survival. Does the long term cost matter? Not when the immediate is so immediate. Not when food has to be put on the table today… Not when money is needed to satisfy some addiction to drugs or alcohol.
Rich or poor, it’s all the same. No one but the rare few understands the need to take responsibility for the whole, and of those who actually do, all is lost when they turn their heads to the past, or the existing structure and think to tinker with it and make it change course a half-degree here, a quarter-degree there in the hope that the ship of state will avoid the string of deadly breakers they can hear in the dark; breakers that will rend and crush the hull of the ship and send it to the abyss. But the problem is, the structures of the past have so rusted that the tiller does not respond any longer, and the ship will not be turned. Nor is there enough power left in the engines to slow it down: entropy has set in. Stand and watch… Listen to the billions of passengers in the hold begging for a bowl of soup, the millions in the lounges drinking and laughing, and the million more curious with their cell phones on the upper decks clicking in the darkness for a sharper image of a deadly breaker to send to “friends” in the lower decks. “Hey look, that’s what a live mushroom cloud looks like!”
The second quote by Victor Hugo: to put everything in balance is good; to put everything in harmony is better. That’s a good thought. You see, with tremendous effort and much sacrifice, using a planet-friendly technology some kind of balance could possibly be gained. Personally I do not believe man still has that option but if one believes in miracles… OK, we get rid of “polluting” fuels and replace them with wind/solar/geothermal energy. Great costs, great upsets, great and sore trials, running and running before the flood. We achieve a shaky temporary balance and we keep up the pressure for change and we hold back the tide. Balance. Good.
We have balance, but do we have harmony? We’ve replaced a kind of polluting energy with a less polluting one and the cities still function, though millions have died by now, deprived of cheaper, more accessible fuels. What we haven’t done is bring in harmony. We haven’t eliminated over population. Nor racism. Nor misogyny. Nor economic disparity. Nor poverty. Nor slavery. Nor the strangleholds of Religion, the State or Money. The old gods still rule. The wars are still going on and the “great economies” are still based on oppression and killing. We haven’t achieved harmony and therefore our balancing act is essentially a wasted effort. We delayed the inevitable downfall of society and the death of billions by a few decades, perhaps a couple of centuries but we haven’t solved any of man’s innate problems.
What did we miss?