It’s astounding to me that people are more in tune with who’s in the lead on “Dancing With The Stars”, or “American Idol” than they understand what is happening in their country and world. I’m grateful for news and commentary shows, such as The Rachel Maddow Show, Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Meet The Press, etc., that at least touches on what’s happening politically (national and global), and what the ramifications for our society might be, or are.
I think we are in the midst of world upheaval, politically, societally, and physically. Maybe our society has always been in the midst of change, but this feels more intense than any other change I’ve witnessed, or read about, in my life. Maybe the decline of Rome was more severe than what we are currently experiencing, I don’t know.
It seems that our societal factions are like colliding tectonic plates, both sides creating chaos, and deforming the political and social landscape until enough energy is expended to become stable again.
I know our American democratic republic is an experiment, and perhaps I’ll see its demise in my lifetime. I know we’ve already had many of the rights enumerated in our constitution weakened or dismantled, like the fourth amendment, and even habeas corpus, by allowing warrant-less wiretaps, portions of the PATRIOT Act allowing invasions of personal privacy, holding prisoners without cause, and violating the Geneva conventions, in places like Abu Ghraib prison, Guantanamo Bay, and other illegal rendition sites.
Our government attacked a sovereign nation (Iraq) that did not harbor Al-Qaeda, or the Taliban, and was complying with sanctions on weapons of mass destruction (WMD’s), etc. Saddam Hussein may have been a horrible leader, but it was the United States that helped him with the weaponry and finances he needed to commit atrocities against the Kurds, Shi’ites, and others. Perhaps one of the unspoken justifications for attacking Iraq was to rid the world of a horrific leader we helped create, but we also wanted control over oil reserves, and/or to keep, or position, ourselves militarily to gain, or maintain, control by having another permanent military base in that part of the world.
Meanwhile, there are companies like Monsanto and Syngenta placing officials in government and finance to gain control over the food supply by not only creating and distributing terminator seeds worldwide, but also edging out family farms, and seed distributors through ‘agri-mafia’ tactics and helping create regulations so stringent that only multi-billion dollar operations can survive. Guess who the only multi-billion agriculture game in town is?
I know that there are arguments for genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and some of the research has been altruistic in trying to increase the food supply by modifying plant DNA to resist pests and increase yield. The problem is, it messed with the pollen distributors: insects. It also hasn’t improved many of the plants themselves. Lab research and limited crop experiments prove no more than probability. There are far too many variables in the wild for any GMO experiments to have field validity. I heard a geneticist say that when there are no negative factors, that doesn’t mean that they tested for negatives, but that there were no tests done. Those kind of statistics are arrived at all the time by excluding factors that could cause negative results, or less positive results, than desired.
The Earth will heal from whatever genius or stupid humans do to it. Humans are the variable in this equation that will not come out so well in the end. We have a choice, but unless this blog entry lasts eons, no one reading this will be around to witness the final outcome. What we do now, however, can absolutely affect future outcomes. The Earth, and humanity, has to have some champions, and I am moved by the disadvantaged, and will help them prevail, not those with the upper-hand, who often gain their position through equivocation and other devious methods. I think we’ll be around a lot longer as a species if humanity develops more honor, empathy, and compassion. After all, love is a verb, or it is a vain, pointless word.
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