It’s no secret that there’s trouble in many, or most, countries on many fronts. Economic, social, governance, security, education .. and so on.
The way(s) we live, the infrastructure upon which we live, the social and economic conventions … we have imagined and created them all.
There are nigh unto 7 billion people on the planet. There are only several thousands who are in positions of power, who are the leaders and the decision-makers. Everywhere I have ever travelled on this planet, when I have met people one-on-one, it seems to me that (with the odd exception) people want to get along, people are curious about each other and want to understand and help each other.
I have never really understand the notion of ‘competition’ between countries, for example. We are all on this one lonely ball of rock, water and molten lava, spinning on our axis whilst hurtling in a big circular loop through space around the sun. We aren’t going anywhere in particular.
Oh, I understand that many people will say competition between tribes and species is natural, instinctual, fundamental. But, isn’t the magic of being human that we are suppose to be conscious, capable of reason and growth in our individual and collective intelligence … and then able to apply it to ourselves and how we live ?
Why can’t the 7 billion TELL (and then force the necessary changes) the several thousands that they want the place governed for the benfit of all peoples, not just those with power and money. Will it take “off with their heads” ? I certainly would like to think not. But no doubt I am naive.
Here, via Rob Patterson, is a YouTube clip of Annie Lennox (one of my all-time favourites) and David Gray, about the collective folly of not changing.
Full Steam – Annie Lennox and David Gray
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