The Triad of Human Interest – A dynamic system
For the Ancient Greeks,
Gaia was the supreme goddess, the universal mother who nourishes all that
exists. Her majesty was acknowledged by the gods as well as by men. It was she whom the gods invoked in their
proclamations. In Homer’s Iliad, Hera tells Zeus, “I swear by Gaia and the
vast sky above her.”
We begin the new story with The Triad of Human Interest. Since there is a vast amount of
information in books and internet about all of the items named in figure
one, and many readers will be far more knowledgeable about some of the
issues than this writer, most comment below will be extremely brief. A few subjects will have more detail
because they are not often part of the conversation about population,
economics, politics, ownership of the commons etc.
ENERGY TIME MASS – the center of everything
We are told the big bang was the start of
things very long ago. In our resulting galaxy, planet Earth is one of
several planets orbiting around a star we call the Sun. When energy is tightly imbedded within
matter we refer to the result as mass.
Energy is the primary driver of all living
things. The Inca civilizations of
South America worshiped the Sun as their primary god. It is most unfortunate that such
reverence for our source of life is missing in today’s dominant societies,
religions and cultures.
Energy flows and issues will be discussed from
time to time through this text because energy is at the heart of all
biological nature, including human activity. Within this text the term, renewable energy, will not be
used. It is a misnomer because the
first law of thermodynamics states that energy can neither be created nor
destroyed – and it cannot be renewed.
Instead we use the term, ‘flow energy’ [GL]. We simply capture energy from nature’s
energy flows and it is therefore replenish-able. Sun, wind, geothermal, tidal are examples
of flow-energy available to us.
Biomass is also a renewing flow-energy when harvested within sustainable
rates. (After paradigm change,
regional capture of flow-energy will become a cornerstone component of
regional wealth in the dynamic commodity-based monetary system.)
Gaia, Sunshine, Photosynthesis, CO2
(Extreme paraphrase of Lovelock’s ’88 book, Ages Of Gaia)
Gaia is the mythical embodiment of animal, vegetable
and mineral as a living system. Gaia was born out of reactions between
energy, time and mass. James
Lovelock’s Gaia hypothesis explains how, from a spark of microscopic life,
this entity evolved into cyanobacteria which relished the largely carbon
dioxide atmosphere of Earth, at that time.
Carbon dioxide was the food/energy source for cyanobacteria. While they dined on CO2 their
excretion was oxygen. Over time
their populations grew and grew and grew until their oxygen pollutant
became the dominant atmosphere of earth. After a period of overshoot and dieoff, their reduced population levels came into
dynamic balance between their energy/food – CO2, and their
polluted oxygen-intense atmosphere.
Through magic-like evolutionary natural forces, oxygen-friendly
variations of bacteria and cells evolved into various species as described
by Darwin. From these early forms of
life came the multitude of species – the insects, the fish, the birds and
mammals – including us.
The Carbon Dioxide Issue
The rapid population growth to worldwide
coverage by the tiny cyanobacteria eventually changed the
energy-in/energy-out dynamic balance of Earth’s atmosphere at that
time. They changed it from a primary
CO2 atmosphere toward the mostly nitrogen (~78%) and oxygen
(~20%) and C02 >1%) atmosphere we have enjoyed for the past
few hundred thousand years of the human journey. As CO2 diminished,
the earth cooled and the vast seas of cyanobacteria died off. The cooler oxygen-rich atmosphere enabled
evolutionary forces to create the current catalogue of Gaian species
including us humans.
One key point of interest in today’s
human-predicament is that the energy from the sun arrives in the form of
very short wavelengths, a spectrum range that includes visible light. This light is reflected off ozone, cloud,
ice and other reflective surfaces, causing ~30% of the energy reaching
Earth to be reflected back to space.
The rest is absorbed into the dynamic processes of Gaian earthly
functions such as plant growth and heat.
Geological churning and shifting of the
earth’s crust over millions of years buried much of the carbon-rich
biological material, and this process helped stabilize the oxygen/CO2
balance. These ancient biological
materials eventually became the energy rich fossil fuels that we discovered
about 500 years ago. This niche
source of energy enabled humans to begin the era of exponential growth in human-activity.
returning these millions of years of ‘captured carbon’ into the atmosphere creates a problem today.
For most of the energy wavelengths from the
sun, CO2 is transparent; therefore changes to CO2 content
in the atmosphere do not affect the amount of energy Earth receives. Earth’s heat energy radiated out,
however, is a different story. Fig.
1 mentions ‘dynamic regulation’ associated with energy out. This is because CO2 in the
atmosphere represents a barrier to the long waves of heat radiation. Therefore, as CO2 increases in
the atmosphere it acts as a regulator (valve) that impedes heat escaping to
space. Humans’ use of fossil fuels
for a few centuries has taken much of the stored carbon from millions of
years of photosynthesis in plant growth and dumped it back into the
atmosphere. This is what global
warming is about. We call it Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGM)
because it is we humans who release the CO2.
HUMAN NATURE- Triangle
Most of the categories listed apply both to
individuals, and to groups of people. The descriptions below simply give
cursory snippets of the subject matter.
When browsing these categories, it may be useful to consider the Pareto Principle – the 80/20
stating that under these
circumstances, people will do that,
generally, the 80/20 rules suggests that only 80% will do that, and the remaining 20% will not do that. However, the dividing
line is fuzzy with sometimes a wide range of overlapping views. It might be
99% to 1% on some characteristics.
It applies to both physical and mental characteristics.
It seems there is a wide variety of views
about the source and power of the human spirit.
note) My early journey through life started in a loving Catholic family
where all things spiritual were related to the Catholic Deity as defined by
the local priest via handed-down doctrine. This understanding remained long
after my departure from religion. I gave little thought to spirituality for
many years. One day, at a Gaia Preservation Coalition meeting,
a woman suggested that I was a very spiritual person. I was flabbergasted, and did not know if
I had been insulted or complimented.
That led to reading more widely on philosophy and varying views
expressed throughout the centuries.
I learned that my concept of spirituality was wrong: at least it was
wrong for me. However, I have many
friends and respected acquaintances whose spirituality appears to be
deity-based. This difference,
however, does not necessarily affect the likelihood of their active
participation in pursuit of paradigm change.
We need to clarify somewhat the nature of the
human spirit as used in this context.
One that matches my understanding is summarized in a1996 book by Daniel A Helminiak,
The Human Core of Spirituality: Mind as Psyche and Spirit.
From a list of excerpts, this paragraph summarized my view of the
nature of spirituality:
understanding transposes self-transcendence from some mysterious, mystical,
metaphysical affair into an everyday occurrence, for self-transcendence
occurs whenever people are aware, understand, judge, or make decisions.
Hence, the spiritual is nothing unusual or esoteric. It is part of every
human activity. It is essential to the human as such. This insistence is
simply a reiteration of a main theme of this book.
suggests the concept of spirituality has no agreed definition but may
include such ideas as, higher
consciousness, transcendence, enlightenment, self-reliance,
self-actualization, mysticism, community, bonding and love. He also gives the views of others such
as Carl Jung, where, “Spirituality
gives access to your divine unconscious”, or the thoughts of Black Elk, a Sioux spiritual leader,
who suggests that individuals should Embrace
Mother Earth Spiritually, or Embrace
The human ability to reason and to communicate
complex thoughts, orally and in written form, has enabled us to accumulate
a great deal of compound learning.
It can be thought of as compounding because of development bit by
bit over centuries, each layer preparing the ground for further exploration
and learning. When a new invention
is made, in most cases, it would not be possible without the accumulated
pool of public knowledge that came before it.
The Cassandra Syndrome
To date, our accumulated knowledge has done
little to alter the paradigm that demands infinite economic growth. The most fundamental logic tells growing
numbers of us that this is simply impossible. We can see the certainty of calamity that
will ensue. Perhaps some of the
Easter Islanders were wise enough to envision their dismal future too, but
could not successfully communicate the need to change their paradigm. It is likely that throughout human
history some individuals could envision disaster on their collective
pathway into the future, but were unable to implement needed change. In Homer’s Odyssey, Hector’s sister, Cassandra,
was blessed with foresight enabling her to see the future: But she had been
given a curse so that no one would believe her. Today we refer to this dilemma as the Cassandra syndrome.
It seems that wisdom and knowledge alone have,
as yet, been of little value in solving governance-related human
predicaments or moving the larger herd toward acceptance of that which they
do not wish to acknowledge. Perhaps
if our great wealth of knowledge is blended together with our spirituality,
we can come up with yet another version of Black Elk’s thought: Embrace Gaia Spiritually and use our
Wisdom and Knowledge to protect Her!
Strongly held beliefs can be a great strength
and motivator but can also be our Achilles heel. Before scientific enlightenment, beliefs
to explain the many mysteries of life were passed from generation to
generation. Some of these beliefs became
institutionalized as fundamental tenets of religions. Time passes and sometimes one of these
basic tenet beliefs is proven
wrong. But it is now integrated into
a hierarchical structure and is the basis for a long chain of logic and
reasoning. The religion’s leaders
may be unable or unwilling to change all that would be necessary to
accommodate this changed basic tenet.
They may simply deny the evidence indicating that their tenet is
flawed and may accuse those who say otherwise of being heretics.
A recent article from the journal Science 2.0 titled, Beliefs about beliefs,
starts with: “Belief systems are the
stories we tell ourselves to define our personal sense of
"reality". Every human being has a belief system that they
utilize and it is through this mechanism that we individually, ‘make sense’
of the world around us.” It goes
on to explain the difference between Faith-based beliefs and Evidence-based
beliefs, and the occasional conflict between the two. Evidence-based beliefs, as you would
expect, can be verified by scientific or mathematical means. Faith-based beliefs simply require a
consensus of individuals who attest to the belief (that can never be proven
right or wrong). A widespread
conspiracy theory can become a faith-based belief.
And this ‘sacred belief’ issue is endemic
to many institutionalized organizations that have difficulty changing
founding tenets, especially if close to the heart of the organization’s
core values. Today’s key sample of
this is the quest for growth everlasting by our governments. Growth seemed to work fine from the
beginning of the fossil fuel age until we noticed accelerating rates of
Gaian biodiversity loss, global warming and the specter of peak oil came into view. But the growth tenet had become
entrenched – a sacred belief impervious to physical reality and the
impossibility of continuance. In
Canada and some other jurisdictions, the scientific messengers are treated
as heretics and have their voices muzzled in various ways. This issue was publicized in the March
2012 release of the prestigious UK,
Journal Science. A recent
example is US President Trump’s action to support his belief that global
warming is not human caused.
This label is given to our ability to
comfortably compartmentalize and time-share conflicting beliefs, where both
beliefs are important to us, yet we are unable to resolve the
conflict. This characteristic leads
to the expression, compartmentalized
mind. Someone may remark, Yes, I’m of two minds on that issue.
Here are some thoughts
on issue-avoidance by Daniel Goleman, psychologist:
There is an almost gravitational pull toward putting out of mind
unpleasant facts. And our collective
ability to face painful facts is no greater than our personal one. We tune out, we turn away, we avoid. Finally we forget, and forget we have
forgotten. A lacuna hides the harsh
In avoidance we simply
find ways to avoid having to face uncomfortable situations: There is an
inhibition, or taboo against thinking about or discussing certain issues
that may lead to increased anxiety or uncertainty. At the personal level, avoidance is
sometimes an outcome of an addiction or abusive relationship. Or it can be about personal financial
matters as in the example of Fatalist
describing a couple who silently and mutually agreed not to deal with their
seemingly un-resolvable financial situation. This quotation from E.O. Wilson, from The Diversity of Life, 1992, refers
to another much-avoided subject, sometimes referred to as the elephant in
the living room:
The raging monster upon
the land is population growth. In
its presence, sustainability is but a fragile theoretical construct. To
say, as many do, that the difficulties of nations are not due to
people but to poor ideology and land-use management is sophistic.
But there is another
elephant that is avoided with even more silence than the sensitive
population issue. It is the
significant corporate control of the issuance of US money. Back in 1860, Thomas Jefferson warned:
the American people ever allow the banks to control the issuance of the
currency, first by inflation, and then by deflation, the banks and
corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all
property, until their children wake up homeless on the continent their
fathers conquered. The issuing power
of money should be taken from banks and restored to Congress and the people
to whom it belongs. I sincerely believe the banking institutions having the
issuing power of money, are more dangerous to liberty than standing armies.
Jefferson’s warning was
not heeded. Since then, a few wise
political leaders have recognized the problem but they have not fixed
it. As warned by Jefferson, several
writers now state that we have entered a state of tyranny by such people as political science
professor Sheldon Wallin.
The chapter titled Money-Corporations-Politics hopes to makes it clear that our
political leaders, are not actually in charge of
our financial system. Resolution of
the human-predicament cannot be made without dealing with this vital area
now avoided, perhaps because it appears to be too big to fix.
Psychologists tell us
addiction is fundamentally an escape from reality, a temporary avoidance of
anxiety. Some of the behavioural aberrations of an addict are an
exaggeration of characteristics within all of us; for example, denial is a major
element that enables the addict to believe anything necessary to sustain
his or her addiction. In his ’79 book, Mind and Nature, Gregory Bateson uses Adaption and Addiction as the heading of one chapter. His
reason for relating the two subjects is to show that evolution should not
be considered a totally successful process because there are sometimes
disastrous results, and there are many borderline cases. It should
not be surprising to realize that over 99% of all species that have ever
evolved are now extinct. The human characteristic that gives us a
propensity toward self-comfort, and need for a feeling of well-being
whether illusionary or real, is cited by Bateson as a human weakness which
could drop us into that 99% category.
The elements of human nature mentioned next are often used in
association with addiction.
From the indiscernible
beginnings of addiction until a specific emotional event – or death – the
addicted may deny the addiction, regardless of evidence that would be conclusive
to anyone else. Such evidence can include any combination of: a
broken car, a broken home, a broken career, broken health, or just plain
feeling broke. To suggest to the individual that s/he may be addicted
will usually result in some level of hostility toward the accuser.
Denial is a form of
delusion which can sometimes become contagious. Those who are close
to an addict may begin to deny the existence of the addiction too.
The exact reasons are as varied as people but are generally related to the
following example. A spouse is
alcoholic. The mate accuses the spouse of poor behaviour and suggests
s/he has an addiction problem. But it is denied, generally leading to
hostility leading to high anxiety for everybody in the family. After
a few replays, the wife/husband will not mention it. If a child
suggests an alcoholic problem, either parent will chastise the child; all
to prevent a dreaded peak in anxiety caused by denial and hostility.
Soon they all pretend there is no problem. But a subtle anxiety level
begins to creep into the family. Excuses will be made by the family
similar to the excuses made by the addict. And the ring of denial
grows among all closely associated with the addict. A form of madness has taken over all
involved, states Goleman. While
many recovering addicts use Alcoholics
Anonymous Association (AAA) to help deal with their affliction, the
Al-Anon group exists to help those close to an addict escape the madness
that Goleman refers to.
Bottoming Out (an emotional event at the end of denial –
similar to an epiphany):
This is one of many
expressions describing the point at which an individual finally admits
he/she is powerless over the substance or the behavioural pattern.
The addict admits the problem is beyond normal self-control. Despair
combined with faint-hope are necessary ingredients
before recovery can occur. When denial ends, recovery becomes
possible. Without bottoming-out,
death or destitution usually follows.
One chapter in Al
Gore’s book, Earth InThe Balance, has the
title `Dysfunctional Civilization’
wherein he draws comparisons between groups of citizens who deny the
progression of Ecocide, to families caught up in an addictive
denial. Part of his text reads:
Many people seem to be largely oblivious of this
collusion and the addictive nature of our unhealthy relationship to the
earth. But education is a cure for those who lack knowledge; much
more worrisome are those who will not acknowledge these destructive
patterns. Indeed, many political, business, and intellectual leaders
deny the existence of any such patterns in aggressive and dismissive
tones. They serve as `enablers’, removing inconvenient obstacles and
helping to ensure that the addictive behaviour continues.
Gore suggests, with
regard to ecocide, society as a whole is like the addict, whereas
individual citizens become dysfunctional because they love the addict and
participate in the self-deception and group-think of their addicted
Both group denial and
individual denial are a part of all of us to some degree. Individual
irresponsibility is similar to the global ring of irresponsibility that
causes world leaders, educators, economists and us, the electorate, to turn
our minds away from Gaiacide and seek comfort in
the company of other reality escapees (group-think). The first step
toward recovery is private and public admission that elements of the
seemingly intractable wicked problems
that culminate in pursuit of growth take us far beyond sustainable limits. After that the 12 steps of The Gaia Principles may help.
Spread think: [GL] [Wiki] While group think is
a problem with leadership from the top, spread
think is a problem with leadership from the bottom, such as in voting
on policy or on a leader, especially when historic circumstances have
changed. There is such a spread of
cultures, ideas, beliefs and experience among individuals, that logical
choice by “clear thinkers”, is quite unlikely to be the choice of voters
because of the spread in ways of looking at things from each individual’s
perspective. This diversity of views is also related to complexity overload and short term thinking. It often leads to outcomes not in the
best interests of the collective voters.
Spread think is one of many reasons that democracy seems to be
inversely proportional to the size of the area governed – that is one of
the reasons why, in the envisioned 050APC of Section 4, features relatively
autonomous local Regions that will hold the keys to all levels of
governance. The Regions select the
team of specialists at the United
Regions that determine global
governance policies. In his ’11
book, America Beyond Capitalism Gar Alperovitz argues that large continental states would be better governed
if broken into smaller regional governments.
We all have a sphere of deep understanding,
perhaps in several subject areas, but beyond these, we move from little
understanding to none at all. For
example we know how to get energy to a toaster that we plug-in, or to
tank-up the car, but beyond that many of us have little understanding of
the energy that makes things happen.
The same idea applies to pharmaceuticals, or computers, or
discussions on what determines interest rates. And in today’s world we feel that we
don’t need to know, we have specialists for that. The danger associated with intertwined
interdependent complex society was alluded to by Carl Sagan’s quote in the Preamble section.
Another danger of specialization is that our
individual limited range of expertise leaves us vulnerable to false
information from either individuals or from spin professionals funded by
special interest groups to weave a web of disinformation casting doubt on
factual data. For example, a few
decades ago the direct link between smoking and cancer was clear to all who
had studied the matter. Anti-smoking campaigns by medical institutes or
governments were soon countered by professional spin specialists with paid
advertisements casting doubt on science and encouraging smoking. The tobacco industry had been threatened
by documented reality so they created and promoted their fake reality. Addicted smokers cherished the news that
they didn’t have a problem: I just
smoke because I enjoy it! Their
smoking-is-good campaign prevented appropriate government regulation for
many years costing untold numbers of lives.
Today, companies with vested interests pay
professional spin agents to cast doubt in many areas to inhibit vitally
needed social change. Climate change
is one of these areas and the success of spin is partly due to the fact
that it is discomforting to accept the extreme dangers presented by global
warming. (Discussed further in
Short term thinking:
The majority of
individuals generally do not take the time, or do not have the opportunity
to explore fields of interest other than their work, their family, sports
and entertainment. With such limited
scope, the more distant future is hazy and discounted. We protect today’s comfort zone. Cunning political campaigns are designed
to appeal to the lowest common denominator of understanding. They know that promises to keep taxes low
are more appealing to the majority of voters than promises to take steps to
ensure a viable future for their children.
Even the very nature of
democracies, where every adult has the right to vote, appeals to short term
solutions that are totally inadequate to deal with today’s dire
issues. We have designed the tools
that govern us to favour short-term over long-term, even though it is clear
to any reasonably intelligent person that our current social heading leads
Benevolence/Greed / Kindness/Indifference:
Humans are known to be capable of all of these characteristics
to some degree, sometimes. Within individuals the fuzzy line between greed
and benevolence may change over time under different circumstances. A general guideline might be that as the
circle of closeness (family, or friend) moves out to acquaintances or
people unknown, kindness and generosity diminish with distance. “Greed
is good”, has been a mantra of corporate governance, and is embraced by
many when applied to economic gain.
The greed motive appears to have no limits as apparently recognized
by the 99% that became The Occupy
movement of 2011.
As the 19th century historian and moralist Lord
Acton succinctly stated: Power
corrupts: Absolute power corrupts absolutely.
ABSTRACT ENTITIES – Triangle
.. all institutions ..
Man makes many tools and uses them effectively in various
fields of his activity,
but he is always exposing himself to the tyranny of the tools he has made.
The result is that he is no more master of himself,
but an abject slave to his
and the worst thing is that he is not conscious of this fact.
This is especially noticeable in the realm of thought."
Teitaro Suzuki, Zen
philosophical writer in 1949
The specific meaning of ‘abstract’ intended
here is from Webster’s: Considered
apart from concrete existence: an
abstract concept. We
think of going to a bank, but actually we are just going to a
building. With a few changes inside,
this building could be a hospital, or hotel, or grocery store. The same applies to government offices or
corporate headquarters. The point is that what happens inside is that we
follow a human-invented, documented procedure with the agreement of enough
people to enable a process that gets the intended function done. Money also is a human invention - with no
physical existence except for a very small percentage as coins or bills -
metal and paper. Even the relative
value of currency is an abstract number based on a complexity of factors. The concept of Abstract Reality is described in the glossary:
Reality: Human-created systems of beliefs and agreed ways of doing things:
constitutions, economies, religions, corporations, etc. In his ‘79 book, Mind and Nature, Gregory Bateson described in detail the meaning of Abstract Reality.
Bateson states that
the Abstract Reality process is a
lateral extension of abstract components, and that all human organizations
are the result of this process. Pillars of our society, such as the
theatre, defence budgets, governments, sports or religions are all abstract
entities. They do
not exist naturally or materially but only in our minds. They are all
convenient names for actions that we carry out. If suddenly all human
action stopped, all of those Abstract Realites
that we consider as real would cease to be apparent, except for the
associated documentation and artefacts. But not all Abstract Realites are even documented. Many social norms are simply learned and
handed down from generation to generation.
When Carl Jung alluded to this line of thought he suggested that the
individual is the carrier of the culture.
have served humanity well.
Archaeology shows evidence of complex social organizations in early
humans in the forms of paintings, pottery and structures,. And yet all eventually collapsed. Today’s corporations, scientific
institutes, and the governments within which they flourish, are the
cornerstone Abstract Realities that made our energy-intensive high-tech
there is a problem. The wisdom that
guides these powerful institutes comes from humans. As illustrated in the previous section on
human nature, both individuals
and groups are rife with characteristics capable of causing very bad
judgement in the control and direction of today’s powerful Abstract
Reality-based institutions. As
Nietzsche succinctly stated, "Insanity
in individuals is something rare, but in groups, parties, nations and
epochs it is the rule."
several decades scientists have warned that excess human activity now erodes
the Gaian foundations of life. These
warnings have transformed into evidence apparent to anyone interested and
willing to understand that the scientists’
warnings to humanity have been correct all
along. And yet our powerful
governments & corporations strive for the everlasting economic growth
(HA) that simply cannot be. The
Cassandra Syndrome mutes the scientist’s messages!
and I are part of the crew on Spaceship
Earth. It is high-time for
mutiny! Is it starting? According to data in the ‘11 book, Economics Unmasked by Philip Smith & Manfred Max-Neef,
there are over 300,000 grass roots organizations preparing for the
end of the current corporate globalization.
The book by Gar Alperovitz,
mentioned above, points to thousands of localization initiatives including
worker-owned companies. And it’s
about time! Naomi Klein’s series of
important books provide convincing details of how corporations now direct
politics. Her latest book, This
Changes Everything, bluntly points out that
corporations are at war with our climate.
Mentioned above under Human Nature - Beliefs,
is explained the difficulty for a large complex organization to change one
of its core tenets, even when proven to be now toxic. They may even hire professional “spin”
organizations to cast doubt on data that undermine the validity of their
before the ’97 Kyoto Accord
conference on climate change, hackers broke into IPCC (International Panel
on Climate Change) and claimed to have found data indicating the scientists
had fudged data to make climate change appear worse than it was. This data was highly publicized to indicate
the IPCC had fudged their data, including indications that human-caused
climate change was a very real and serious issue. For many non-specialists, including
politicians, this cast doubt and led to a weakening of the accord. As revealed later, the break-in was by a
group of climate
change-deniers funded by the Hartland Institute, a pro-growth US advocacy think-tank. This event was covered in a magazine
article in The Monthly.
governments found the spun data far more appealing than the ugly true
scientific assessments. The betrayal of young generations is eloquently
illustrated in a remarkable talk by a young lady, the final speaker at the
2011 climate change conference.
And the ring of denial grows among all closely
associated with the addict. A form of madness has taken over all
involved. Daniel Goleman
From The Triad (Figure 1) above:
time and mass are components of the billion year old universe. The central mass in this triangle is
planet earth with energy flowing in from our sun. From a spark of life the intricate world
of Gaian ecology evolved. This
evolutionary process produced humans, with our specific human nature and
belief systems. The Gaian systems of
life changed the appearance of our planet as seen from space, where our
small home planet looks like ….
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Climate Summit Was a Pathetic Exercise in Deceit
Tad Homer Dixon in: Toronto Globe and Mail, December
It was an “emperor-has-no-clothes” moment. The
17-year-old youth delegate rose before the assembled participants
at the Durban climate conference and looked them straight in the eye.
“I speak for more than half the world’s population,”
declared Anjali Appadurai of Maine’s College of
the Atlantic. “We are the silent majority. You’ve given us a seat in this
hall, but our interests are not at the table. What does it take to get a
stake in this game? Lobbyists? Corporate influence? Money?”
.... remainder at:
(Watch the video of the 17 year old’s speech)
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