If your eyes could speak, this is what they would say.
Unfortunately for us technology is blurring our global vision of what humanity means or can achieve.
The question is how long are we going to keep our eyes shut to a world run by Private Corporations, and out of date World Organisations, and Elected Corrupt Governments that are signing trade deals that put Corporate power above people power called TTIP ( The Transatlantic Trade Deal or tee-tip for short) that none of us have a say in. https://youtu.be/YVrDF0nSIAU
Now I know that Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Exxon Mobil, Express Scripts Holdings, Wal-Mart Stores, Google and World Fuel Services by the year 2025 will have made vast profits in the trillions. But they are likely to take our species to the brink of extinction. Why because if we continue to allow Capitalism to serve the bottom line of the Balance Sheet and not to contribute to resolving global problems we are all insane. ( See Previous Post: ) 0.05% WORLD AID COMMISSION)
How long are we going to allow all of our values along with the Earth just to become products to fuel the Stock Exchanges and Balance sheets of Privatization and Greed.
There is one thing sure about life. It makes no promises.
But I make you a promise THAT our eyes are going to be opened by Climate Change.
If we do not reduce emissions ( Don’t tell me with the mountain of data dealing with global warming that you STILL believe it will resolve itself or that teleology will be your Savior. ) they will not only threaten Society as a whole with food shortages, refugee crises, flooding, wars, and mass extinction of plants and animals, but make us all realize to late that Capitalism is the ultimate cause of global warming and climate change.
Our City bit living and greed along with our Social Media interconnected world has not only blinded us to the crises it is also eroding our understanding of what it means to live a fulfilled life.
The must have materialism that is dumped within months irrelevant of where it comes from other than it is affordable must stop.
Imagine an alternative where Capitalism and collectivism live together.
Open your eyes and take a look at our world in 2015. (see previous post)
The Planet currently seems on the cusp of a decidedly unharmonic convergence.
The world is rife with crime, corruption, growing inequality and militarism.
The USA was once about the little guy– the rights of individual — the success of small business– it has gone big in the worst possible way.
The International community ( what ever that is) is now facing an unholy trinity of authoritarian politics, cutthroat economics and big brother surveillance, and far-right party anti-immigrant.
Indeed even if you were to take a squint through those eyes of yours. No matter whether we live under Capitalism or Communism they are both struggling to adapt to the same environmental factors.
You would think that the forces of modernity — of technological development, of growing bureaucratization would push both systems in the same evolutionary direction. Not on your nanny. Just look at their feeble reactions to ISIS.
If you cant rely on visual clues, listen to the sound waves rippling around the Globe.
Currently 2.5 degrees centigrade warming by 2100 is cited as the tipping point for catastrophe. However by 2050 at the current levels of Co2 emissions never mind the methane we will be at twice the pre-industrial level.
(The permafrost in the Arctic is melting pumping Methane into the atmosphere adding to the Co2. The Greenland ice sheet will be totally melted causing a sea level rise of 39″ and so forth and so forth.)
If no MAJOR POLICY CHANGES ARE ACHIEVED Now to curtail the greed of Capitalism which exist on the rampant, uncontrolled use of natural resources the human race can kiss its ass goodbye.
Capitalism depends upon the exploitation of natural resources at the highest possible level. And we are, of course, not talking just about fossil fuels. With no thought to conservation, recycling and what will happen when the sources, from iron ore to copper, to say nothing of the fossil fuels themselves, run out.
But capitalism can exist only if the rampant, uncontrolled use of natural resources continues unabated, for that is within the very nature of the system.
But when the natural resources go, so will capitalism and by that time it will be too late to replace it with anything else.
“The suicide of capitalism.”
By it’s very nature, operating to the greatest degree possible with no thought to anything other than the accumulation of profit, capitalism is leading to this possible outcome.
When the critical resources are gone, or at least the supply is reduced to such an extent that their cost makes making profit from their exploitation increasingly difficult, capitalism will die, even without workers’ revolution.
Indeed, by its very nature of focusing exclusively on profit-making, it will eventually kill itself, as well as taking many humans and many other species along with it.
According to a recent report in Nature, 41 percent of amphibians, 26 percent of mammals and 13% of birds are threatened with extinction, if nothing is done about global warming.
But the point here is that even without global warming, with no controls on the utilization of natural resources other than fossil fuels, capitalism is essentially killing itself.
And so, what is to be done?
There is of course hope.
While it may be too late to slow carbon emissions down enough to prevent reaching the “tipping point,” as some scientists think, it may very well be possible to develop a series of environmentally safe methods for capturing carbon and methane, shielding the earth from the increasing heat levels, and so on and so forth.
It is definitely possible to institute economic planning on a massive scale to conserve and re-use natural resources that will otherwise run out.
But that will require the replacement of capitalism with some form of socialism.
What form that system might take and how we will get there are matters for further consideration.
But given historical experience and an analysis of how capitalism has dealt with the socialist experiments that have come along so far (see, e.g., The 75 Years War Against the Soviet Union), we will not get there spontaneously, we will not get there without the formation of a series of leading parties and universal world organisations with clout, around the world to promote Humanity other than religions dominance.
If that series of events does not occur, then indeed capitalism will commit involuntary suicide with disastrous results for ours and many other species. It will indeed vault us into a full-blown “Sixth Extinction.”
The burning question: Can any of this be achieved other than Extinction.
A world where one is for all and all are for one. History tells us highly unlikely.
So I will leave you with another promises. That is– You and I will be long departed. So why bother? Because we and earth are worth It.