THE AGE OF RESPONSIBILITY, OR PAYBACK, IT’S HERE.

Our Ailing Planet

“There are not many persons who know what wonders are opened to them in the stories and visions of their youth; for when as children we learn and dream, we think but half-formed thoughts, and when as men we try to remember, we are dulled and prosaic with the poison of life. But some of us awake in the night with strange phantasms of enchanted hills and gardens, of fountains that sing in the sun, of golden cliffs overhanging murmuring seas, of plains that stretch down to sleeping cities of bronze and stone, and of shadowy companies of heroes that ride caparisoned white horses along the edges of thick forests; and then we know that we have looked back through the ivory gates into that world of wonder which was ours before we were wise and unhappy.”

― Howard Phillips Lovecraft

There is a difference between enjoying your youth and destroying your future.

Nimit Kala.

businessman squeezing the world in his hand

Who doesn’t remember their youthful days, and look back at that time when you were young, with a sense we were indestructible, and a feeling we could get away with almost everything?

And as carefree, that we felt the World out there was for us to take?

Then we grew up, and we matured, and come to our senses, and as my father liked to say, we no longer thought we could drink the whole Ocean in one gulp.

Now assuming all of you readers are mature and responsible people, let’s make a brief checklist.

Eating The World Up

Poverty, War and Terrorism, Climate Change, Drug Abuse, Disease, Animal Abuse, Murder, Racism, Pollution, Population Growth, Global Warming, Unemployment, Sexism, Raping, Totalitarianism, Religious Fundamentalists, Severe Income Disparity, Refugees, Violence, Child Abuse, Obesity, Irresponsible Government, and Power, Gun Control issues, Mass Shootings, Fascism, Ignorance, Self Absorption, And spending too much time online.

And that are just a few of the problems that come to mind after Covid-19, that its not over by any means.

Monalisa With Mask

So the question,  not what the next crisis will be?
But Which of all the above will be next?

Maybe a meteorite out of space?

A nuclear War?

Global Hunger?

Mass extermination of Species?

The World in Hell
 

Maybe the stage is set for our Human Specie to disappear, or simply to grow up, and act like responsible adults, and do what it’s sensible, and proper to do, rather than act like spoil brats, bent on continuing  their usual irresponsible bad behavior.

We all live under the same heaven, and our World it’s finite, we are all interconnected on a subtle level,  and what affect one, affect us all, we like it or not. We as a Human specie we are breaking the boundaries of a World in equilibrium, time to do something about it, rather than ignore the warning signs, and keep the madness going.

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73 Responses to THE AGE OF RESPONSIBILITY, OR PAYBACK, IT’S HERE.

  1. Very meaningful, and true. Poverty and being online too much are the 2 that fitted me. I was born in to poverty just after the war in England. Our staples were, what was grown in the garden, sugar sandwiches, and not much else. All my life I have appreciated the smallest of things.

    • theburningheart says:

      Before 1990 a quarter of the World lived in extreme poverty, now supposedly around 10%, but very likely it will surge up, with all the unemployment around the globe because Covid-19 crisis, and possibly the year 2020 will be very grim in outlook, because not only the victims of the decease, but the economic crisis.

      • I so agree with you.

      • Benjamin Justice says:

        NO, NO, NO 2 Billion out of the 8 Billion is 25% ..Rough numbers…however, I am sure the Exact numbers are not far off. in addition….NO WAY TO KNOW, THE GREAT DEPRESSION OF DONALD TRUMP will BRING….CAN NOT Be Good News!

  2. Reblogged this on susiesopinions and commented:
    Very meaningful, and true. Poverty and being online too much are the 2 that fitted me. All my life I have appreciated the smallest of things.

  3. macalder02 says:

    A mi manera de ver, como ciudadano a pie, estamos viviendo momentos inéditos donde todo se ha cambiado. desde nuestra manera de relacionarnos con los demás, hasta ver como está variando el mundo económico y político.
    Una lucha tenaz de Usa, China y Rusia por hacerse del control del mundo. Unos empresarios inescrupulosos que usan la pandemia para hacerse de pingües ganancias en la ventas de productos sanitarios defectuosos y con precios inflados. Los sistemas de salud son una calamidad en muchos países. No hay personal médico preparado ni suficiente para atender en los hospitales. En fin, con esto están llevando a la humanidad por un despeñadero y parece que a nadie le importa. Será que quieren un exterminio disimulado con la pandemia para ordenar sus intereses? Vaya uno a saber.
    Tu exposición es muy completa y acertada. Pones a nuestra disposición conceptos que nos hacen reflexionar con mayor claridad lo que estamos viviendo.
    Un abrazo grande y espero que sigas bien por casa
    Manuel

    • theburningheart says:

      Tu cometario sintetiza los males y problemas del Mundo en General Manuel.
      Paises que luchan por la hegemonia, como trogolditas, sin importarles su responsabilidad en la destruccion del Mundo.
      Empresarios plutocratas de mierda, que solo ven por su bolsillo, a quien pueden quitarle el dinero, para amasar mas dinero, como si se lo fueran a llevar cuando se mueran.

      Los goviernos de la mayoria de paises coludidos en el mismo negocio, para beneficio de ellos mismos, sin importarles que su pais y su gente se joda!
      Si en los mismos paises poderosos estamos viendo sus defectuosos sistemas medicos, imaginate en los paises pobres, que se puede esperar?

      Exactamente el mundo parece a borde de un abismo y no les importa un pito!

      Y claro despues de tanto abuso y de vivir de nuestra credulidad, es logico imaginerse de que detras de todo esto existe planes nefarios, para asi conseguirs sus fines, sin importarles un comino, que a todos nos vayamos al voladero!

      Gracias Manuel, cuidate mucho, un abrazo tambien! 🙂

      • macalder02 says:

        Un gran abrazo también para ti. Me suscribo a tu opinión. Un placer leerte. Nos estamos cuidando como debe ser. Gracias por la preocupación.

  4. Manuel says:

    Total mente de acuerdo con usted maestro, es tiempo de tomar muy enserio esto , pues cual será la próxima? Ay que tomar esto con mucho respeto , vivimos en el mismo planeta , tomemos conciencia , que hoy vemos tantos muertos , unos como no son los suyos pues como que no nos duele tanto, seamos más conscientes .

    • theburningheart says:

      Claro esto es en serio, pero nuestros governantes y muchos todavia no quieren enteder!
      Ahora en lugar de vivir en paz, y prosperar, tenemos que sufrir todas estas calamidades, para ver si asi nos ponemos las pilas!
      Gracias por su comentario Don Manuel! 🙂

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  6. Don Ostertag says:

    If only our race learns something out of this Virus.

  7. Dao says:

    I like the picture there of The Corona Lisa..

  8. Good evening Mr. Brogido,
    maybe we should start bringing our children up in the way that they develop more personal responsibility and intellectual creativity! This means we should train them already during the compulsory school years to do this and we should give them more freedom to achieve progress in subjects they are really interested in. I am also convinced that our societies need more opinions by philosophers and not only politicians and business people, who are only interested in making money and frequently not so much about our environment.
    I hope that you are well!
    Very best regards Martina

    • I should maybe add the conversation with the phlosopher Richard David Precht, who explains what I mean. The video is in German:

      Das beigefügte Gespräch mit dem Philosphen Richard David Precht erklärt viel besser, was ich meine. Es würde mir grosse Freude machen von euch zu hören, was ihr dazu denkt! Selbst denken, und machen, das ist wichtig!
      Have a very good day.
      Martina

      • theburningheart says:

        I will watch the video Martina, and see if I can translate it successfully, I look at his Wiki page and he has published some books even some novels, have you read him?

        Das Schiff im Noor or Die Instrumente des Herrn Jörgensen.

        Die Kosmonauten

        Lenin kam nur bis zum Lüdenscheid – Meine kleine deutsche Revolution

        I will let you know.
        Thank you Martina. 🙂

      • The Philosopher, Richard David Precht has recently been very recommended to me and then I watched the interview on the Swiss German channel with him, which has a very good reputation for this kind of discussions and was very impressed. Here he speaks about his newest book “Anna, die Schule und der liebe Gott” (something like, Anne, school and dear God). Mr. Precht wants to completely revultionize the school- system, but he doesn’t hesitate to express his opinion on many topics. He has written many books and is professor at two universities. His biggest success seems to be “Wer bin ich” (Who am I) I have in mind to read this one after “on the edge of the nest”!!
        Should you really be interested in understanding it better, I will try to help you in translating some of the discussion.
        I think that the world need people like him, who make us think!
        Thank you for your interest and all the best.:)
        Martina

      • theburningheart says:

        The video  translation is not good, but I gather that Precht is an advocate of a new civil society. He stands philosophically close to the American communitarianism, the idea to democratize the society with higher civic sense of community.
        He considers the obligation of economy and politics for constant economic growth as damaging.
        In the debate about the thesis of Thilo Sarrazin, Precht views the accusations toward the migrants as a diversion with regard to the more fundamental question about the distribution, the growing gap between rich and poor, and the establishment of moral-distant settings in the upper class, as well as the under class.
        Thank you Martina. 🙂

      • It’s a pleasure to see that you tried to find out more about the philosopher R:D:Precht and his convictions, despite the fact that you could not really understand much of the interview mentioned here above and his idea about revolutionizing the school system.

        I try to mention two of his important points and then we can see that there are
        connections with what you mentioned:

        In German and Switzerland families become money from the companies they work for according to the number of children they have. Our philosopher is of
        The opinion that there are many families, which do not really need this money. Therefore, he would like that this money is not paid any longer to these people, but is directly transferred to the schools/institutions. To me there seems to be a very big discrepancy with the USA!

        He wants to change the actual school system by making children more intellectually responsible and creative by abolishing, for example the marks, but promoting much more and earlier- this means after 6 years during which they learn the essential things- the children’s own talents, develop their own thoughts. He wants to do this to help more to poor children and not his own, who seem to get already a lot of input. He is of the opinion that children nowadays are piled up with subjects and material, which remain superficial. His goal is to prepare children for the future challenges and a future satisfactory life. Life doesn’t exist of subjects but of things one is really interested in and therefore it is important to make projects and so self-discipline will develop.
        Last but not least, the professor tries to put many subjects in connection!
        What he says about the school can also be read in “Anna, die Schule und der liebe Gott”
        Very best regards Martina

      • theburningheart says:

        Thank you Martina for your lengthy explanation, I agree with his points, education needs to be specific to each child, rather that one model fits all, I hear some rich people’s schools they have more personalized methods of teaching, but of course it requires of many good teachers, and less children per teacher, to really work, and that cost money, and the why only rich people can afford it, I guess rich countries can afford it.
        As for example in my country I was lucky to go to the best school, and have the best teachers in the country, but still my classroom we were near 50 students per classroom, and we all took the same assignments, until High School and we had only 4 choices to choose from Law, Chemistry, Engineering, and Biology, and not much choices of careers to go into,at least at the time.
        In my view parents are very important too, my Paternal Grandmother was a teacher, and she educated her children at home, consequently my father and aunts, were readers , and well informed, my father pass that to me, and I can say his influence was more definitive to shape my love of reading, and studying.
        I reflect now, that shaped who I am today.

        Thank you again Martina. 🙂

      • I really have the impression that your important experiences go together with R.D. Precht’s opinions!
        All the best Martina

      • theburningheart says:

        I guess all you need is some awareness, as to what is going on, unfortunately many people, their life is built around triviality, and particular worries of their own, therefore can’t see the forest for the trees, and connect the dots.
        Thank you Martina. 🙂

    • theburningheart says:

      There is a Mantra in America, some president said: “It’s all about the economy, stupid!” Now popular all over the World, but he forgot to say whose economy?
      Their economy!
      Certainly not the people’s, and there’s where the problem lay, you are very right when you say:
      ” I am also convinced that our societies need more opinions by philosophers and not only politicians and business people, who are only interested in making money and frequently not so much about our environment.”
      Hell yes!
      Politicians and business people on an unhealthy alliance who only benefits them, has brought us down into this World wide terrible situation.
      It’s high time to look for new ways to lead, looking for the benefit of all, and not the few, and the sooner the better!
      Otherwise who knows what is coming next?

      Thank you Martina for your comment! 🙂

      • Don’t give up hope that the human being will start thinking and will find creative solutions to our problems:)

      • theburningheart says:

        In Spanish we have a saying: “A Dios rogando y con el mazo dando.” Translated: “To God you pray, but with the hammer you keep on working.”

        So do not worry, we Spanish speaking people have this guy as an example:

        Thank you Martina. 🙂

      • theburningheart says:

        Have you read Oblomov by Goncharov, Martina?
        Bob is reading it, and talking to me about.
        He asked me for you to write him for book recommendations, he like good novels, basically.
        Myself I read a lot of stuff, and not very much novels at the time. 🙂

      • Bob recommended Oblomov by Goncharov, but I am reading the edge of the nest. I have written to your friend giving him some suggestion such as the one I have already told you. (I give you here the link and if you want to look at it you have to scroll down the whole article about Witebsk: https://rivella49.wordpress.com/2011/04/06/weissrusslandbelaruswitebsk/
        I am also reading in German, Italian and French and I also have to work in and about the house!!
        I very much hope that you are fine.:)
        Very best regards Martina

      • theburningheart says:

        You pretty much sound like me dear, I got books around my house all over the place, I guess I need some discipline to finish a book first, before going to the next one, but as soon as one book arrives I am tempted to start reading it, forsaken the others.
        Yes I passed your message to Bob.
        Thank you and take care. 🙂

      • A very good morning, nice to hear from you:) Yes, I love books and in R.D. Precht‘s „Who am I“ I have just read that the human beeing just uses his intelligence when he is bored! To your frien Bob I sent another email but got no answer. If he wants to read with me he does have to stick to what he proposes, here „the edge of the nest“ and discuss that! Have a good day. Martina

      • theburningheart says:

        Roger!
        Well I already told Bob, between you and me he is of age, and has problems with new technology, he is just not computer savvy, I told him to check on his email, he may have not recognize your email, and send it to spam, or trash.
        Take care Martina. 🙂

      • theburningheart says:

        Martina here is what Bob said to me on an email:

        “We don.t see her E Mail at all. Have her send it once again

        or let me have her’s.”

        If you wish send him another email: Martina here is what Bob said to me on an email:
        His email address here again:

        Best wishes. 🙂

      • I sent him another email. If it doesn’t work I propose to stop this! I hope you are not pulling my leg!
        Here is the link to check out “about me” and indications about some book:https://rivella49.wordpress.com/about/
        Good night Martina

      • theburningheart says:

        Oh no Martina, really I do not want to trouble you, and agree with you, if Bob doesn’t respond, no more me being the messenger, usually is the one who get shot, by both parties! 🙂

      • Good morning Mr. Brogido, there is always a lesson to be learnt! 🙂 By the way, I have read a beautiful book on that subect by Ian Mc Ewan “ATONEMENT”
        Have a good day. Martina

      • theburningheart says:

        I have not read that book you mention, Martina, but I know that the one who try to, help in the affairs of others, he ends not pleasing anyone! 😦

      • I think as long as helping others is positive for the helpers, it is ok.
        I hope that the health sitution in your surrounding is getting better:)

      • theburningheart says:

        I am fine, but as the situation is getting better, is hard to say, maybe the worst is not even here yet.
        Best regards, Martina. 🙂

      • Here the situation is quiet now, but I am not relaxed! I continue with “Who am I”! I keep my finger crossed for you:)

      • theburningheart says:

        Thanks Martina, best wishes to you also. 🙂

  9. theburningheart says:

    Well, we know the human condition, and impermanence, but there is no reason, to not seek a balance in life as well, and to enact in our present, an ideal of justice, and fairness, despite the lack of it.
    Quixotic if you want, but fair, as it should be. 🙂

  10. The stage is really set to simply grow up and stop adoring the wrong values. We couldn’t be living more incorrectly as we are. We fall for wrong idols, we try to achieve things which are so unimportant in the global and eternal context.
    People cannot take this lesson. Most do not have internal strength to accept the reality.

    • theburningheart says:

      Yes, my whole point, we as Nations, and individuals have personal agendas that are totally immature, not fit for sensible adults, that bring the usual chaos a house full of spoil brats, bring into.
      Well it’s just time to become responsible adults, and act accordingly, at all levels of society, around the World.
      Although, I recognize will not be an easy task, people in power should realize reshaping our society through proper education, will be the key to make this change possible, and to recognize that money, and the economy, are important, but no above our main asset, that is our people, our main resource, and the quality, of them a resource we cannot do without, period.
      Governments who do not care about their people and look at them as sheep to be fleeced, they will be condemned to have a perennial problematic country, as simple as that.

      Thank you Inese, for your valuable input. 🙂

  11. selizabryangmailcom says:

    I remember cringing during the ’80s here when the mantra “Greed is good” was very popular.
    People CAN change…but hopefully not too late. My father is an example. He was one of those rare black Republicans for many years. But in his later life he switched to Democratic–even before the maniac who’s in the White House right now got there. He just slowly realized his desires for the world did not, in fact, match the same desires Republicans had…but boy, that took a long time!

    The school thing is a great focus too. Another huge problem that needs to be addressed in schooling is cultural differences and perspective and also historical inaccuracies and gaps in information. We need to learn about Plato and Caesar as much as we do about Onesimus, a slave who introduced inoculation to the newly forming Americas, the ethnically rich background of Alexander Dumas, the first elected Hispanic US senator (born in 1859) and the black founding figures involved in early America. (Black and Latino truths are especially important here in the U.S.)

    People might say, “Why does it matter what race people are?” but I would venture that question usually comes from those who never felt disenfranchised, diminished, or even outright erased from history. When kids see a different story–the one where their people ALSO made great discoveries, inventions, and contributions to society–even creating civilization/society in many cases–then they grow up not feeling isolated and insignificant but empowered and confident….and who knows what they’ll offer the world as THAT enthusiastic person instead of the disinterested, ambivalent one who never knew the truth?

    • theburningheart says:

      Well, whoever ignores there is an ideological war going on, and that racism is doing fine, and well in America, either is blind, and theft, or belong to the privilege class, and therefore isolated from the suffering of others.
      In America we also suffer from ideological isolation, and xenophobia, and care little for looking outside our borders, and see how other people live, or what they are doing, imagining that only in America things are of any importance.
      Our triumph in WWII went to our head, and refuse to see the World changing, meanwhile we become stagnated in ideological hegemony, and refuse to acknowledge, our immigrants contribute to our richness, not only economically, but culturally, as for example the way we eat, our own communities, becoming a mirror of the World outside from our borders, Americans do not emigrate to other countries, in mass, except for old retirees, looking for a cheap place to live, and milder weather.
      But with our economic crisis, the shell, its about to break, and we will see many young men, and women leaving America as migrants to other Nations in search of opportunity, its just a matter of time.
      Also the influx of large communities of immigrants in the US will change radically the ethnic landscape of the country, where hopefully will bring a change of values, we already had our first black president, a woman will follow, and diverse ethnicity will be so common, hopefully we will be able to put back in the past, racism for good.
      Of course this may take some years yet, but is surely coming, as the next day will come, as years, and generations come, and go, and the Roman Empire we read in books and do movies about.
      Thank you for your fine comment, we appreciate it. 🙂

  12. selizabryangmailcom says:

    PS, as a point of interest, even amusement, I heard about the black founding fathers of America from a story on Fox News, of all places! If you’re not aware of it already, it’s an extremely conservative news channel that generally praises Trump and conservative causes all day long. It was surreal to see the story there. I included the link in case you have any time to watch.

  13. Hello Mr Anaya. Very good post! What confounds me about this whole situation is that for some reason we did not act as a global community for all those crises you mentioned, yet for this one the CV19 we are all acting. How does one explain that? Well, to me it seems that we will act whenwe are told to (in this case we were told to) and we will not act if we are not told to (we were not told to in the case of others). What I mean with ‘told to’ is that we will not unless we are not given any other choice. In fact this already becoma evident to me some time ago when I was writing about environmental destruction. However, this brings another question to he fore: Why is it that it is only with this CV19 situation, which has a 97% survival rate, that we are not given any other choice? Whatever the answer, it seems quite clear that humans are not able to direct themselves (except for some rare individuals) but they need to be directed – and they will go wherever they are directed – for better or worse. Well, I’m not sure what we can do with that, but it does not inspire much hope in humanity saving themselves from themselves.

    Here is an interesting documentary I saw yestersday about environmentalists and how unaware they are of what they actually support or don’t support – I think you will see what I mean and how that ties in with the rest of my comment above:

    Best wishes to you!
    Jean-Jacques

    • theburningheart says:

      Sadly depressing but true, it seem the whole Human race, is gone come to a rude awakening, more of the sooner, than the later, right?
      The only one thing we humans can do is reduce our population growth, that’s it.
      The rest, as the video clearly shows, has not work, the sad thing that for unlimited progress, they need unlimited growth, and on a finite planet that’s impossible, at the root of the problem is the fact we all need to consume in order to live, and that’s how money is made, the more people consuming, the more money to be made, these may be food, or energy.
      Energy= Food= Living=Consuming=Bio-degradation, and all kind of maladies, not only to our planet, and human beings, but for everything that lives.
      And they need you to be alive, to keep consuming!
      In other words we need to be less, so we all can fit in our habitat.
      I Had a teacher that used to say:
      “Mother Earth, will fix us, she is gone get angry with us, and sooner or later from nurturing Mother she will turn in to the Goddess Kali!”

      Kali is the Hindu goddess (or Devi) of death, time, and doomsday and is often associated with sexuality and violence but is also considered a strong mother-figure and symbolic of motherly-love.
      So, like a good parent, she will teach us a good but hard lesson!
      I will not moralize, about who is doing the right thing and who doesn’t, we all are in the same boat, and all of us will meet our day of death.
      Then our wanderings, money, power, and even worries, will be useless.
      Just some months ago I wrote this Post:

      https://konekrusoskronos.wordpress.com/2019/10/13/the-future-its-not-hard-to-see-dystopia/

      Best wishes to you, Jean-Jacques, and do your best, as we all should do, and that’s all each of us can do, be at Peace.

      • Well said and concuded, Mr Anaya. As individuals we csn only do so much and the collective is often misguided in how it approaches or deals with challenges. Just a quick not about the link you posted – when I try to open it, it directs me to a Pdf document. Could you test it to see if it opens properly? I tried more than once with different browsers, but with the same result.
        J.J.

      • theburningheart says:

        Thank you, Jean-Jacques, personally also think governments around the World, should be looking on ways to reduce population growth, rather than economic expansion, of course in a wise, and measured way, not all counties have the same problems, about population, but certainly will not hurt to make people aware small families live better, and cause less degradation, and of course a change of lifestyles.
        By no means I am expert, but I can see clearly, little or almost nothing it’s made on that regard, some years ago EF Schumacher wrote a book “Small is Beautiful” It resonated for a while, then disappeared when “Greed is Good” mentality took over.

        Schumacher argues that the modern economy is unsustainable. Natural resources (like fossil fuels), are treated as expendable income, when in fact they should be treated as capital, since they are not renewable, and thus subject to eventual depletion. He further argues that nature’s resistance to pollution is limited as well. He concludes that government effort must be concentrated on sustainable development, because relatively minor improvements, for example, technology transfer to Third World countries, will not solve the underlying problem of an unsustainable economy. Schumacher’s philosophy is one of “enoughness”, appreciating both human needs and limitations, and appropriate use of technology. It grew out of his study of village-based economics, which he later termed Buddhist economics, which is the subject of the book’s fourth chapter.

        Also wrote a post, on February 2013, where I included some of his ideas:

        https://konekrusoskronos.wordpress.com/2013/02/25/western-civilization-dualism-and-separatedness-technological-determinism-e-f-schumacher-and-the-great-chain-of-being-the-eastern-view/

        About the link it works from my side, my advice in that regard look at it by date, and do it from a PC, not a phone, or small tablet, noticed that the dates I provide on my post, do not appear on the right side, were you can click the date and send you to the post, the post you cannot link I published on October 2019..

        Thank you for your response. 🙂

      • Thank you for your response, Mr Anaya. To me it seems we need a complete mind-shift, one that would be completely counter-intuitive to the modern mind – one that would involve being prepared to move away from technological solutions, rather than seeking them out – I think this is our folly: we are looking for ever more complex solutions to complex problems that are the result of too much complexity. The counter to that can only be simplicity and simple living – and in that we we will have to – at least partially “go back in time” (return to a life of fewer conveniences that reply upon modernity itself which relies upon fossil fuels – and even renewables reply upon them – as we saw in the MM doccy. I also agree that tech transfer to poor nations won’t do much in the long run, except for introducing a reliance upon technology. Sustainability itself is an oxymoron, because no modern living is sustainable … The other factor that rarely gets mentioned is that not all nations or countries are equally responsible for the destruction, consumption or overpopulation. Nations all play different roles in all of this so it’s not really that we have a global problems, but rather we have localised problems that are made everybody else’s problem. So in effect localized or regional problems are globalised because nobody wants to take responsibility. Its true that there are also globalised benefits, but at what costs? Thinking globally instead of local is one of the reasons why we are not able to move forward with soltutions, which can only be bottom-up, rather than top-down. (but I think nobody really wants to hear that).
        Thanks for the discussion, Mr Anaya! 🙂

      • theburningheart says:

        I totally agree with you, on my past response I just wanted to say, the way was pointed quite some years ago, by EJ Schumacher, and others, simply put the Neoliberals appeared on the scene, also at that time, and did a 180 degree turn, the way we were going, actually it seem if this crisis has any benefit, there is a little glimmer of hope, I just read an article by a fellow blogger very encouraging:

        The neoliberal era is ending. What comes next? By Rutger Bregman

        Here:

        https://theconnectivist.wordpress.com/2020/05/19/bregman-on-post-corona-basis-2-for-synthecracy/

        Yes, the powers that be do not want to hear that, but we will see, in my view if nothing is done, things will continue to deteriorate, until will be evident, and then change will be the only way out, as an old friend of mine used to say: “Do you know how egg bread taste like?
        Now, translate the answer into colloquial Spanish= “Pues a huevo!”
        If not familiar with the expression, let me know, but by your wanderings in South America I am sure you already know it

        Thanks to you Jean -Jacques 🙂

  14. Dear Dream says:

    So true. I really appreciate the article. It is so insightful and there is much we have to learn if we want to get things right.

  15. A poignant and timely post. I agree with Martina, that we need to start with our children, give them the backbones and necessary understanding to change our course. Which would include encouraging responsibility and creativity.

    • theburningheart says:

      Well, we find ourselves in the proverbial situation that in many other languages is described as: “To be between the Hammer, and the Anvil:” or in English Between a rock and a hard place, so if something need to done, is not in doubt, the question is when, and at what cost?
      Here in the comments you can see the terrifying video by Jeff Gibbs and produced by Michael Moore, all so far we have being doing it’s to lie shamelessly, and painting a good image, to fool people into inaction, and conformity, I agree we should teach children to know and do the right thing, but I am afraid by the time they will be in charge, they may want to put our current generation in front of the firing squad for our irresponsibility!

      Thank you Otto, for your comment. 🙂

      • And of course, you are right. We can’t really wait for the next generation. Maybe we need more catastrophes like the corona pandemic to wake us up. At least it has been good for earth, if not for the human race.

      • theburningheart says:

        Well, at least they are saying our quarantine, is giving a break to the Earth on the burning of fuel, so you are right on that one.

  16. natuurfreak2 says:

    Great post.hanks for following my blog.

  17. gaiainaction says:

    Yes I too agree that a change can only be brought about through the right type of education, and especially the education of our children and young people. From what I observed here very many privileged people received a rude awakening when Covid-19 fear started to spread and the lock-down became a new reality. All the buying of ‘stuff’ stopped because no shops were open. Many folks had the opportunity to do more thinking because they did not have a job to go to. My question now is if things will really change or if the majority of people will go back to their old ways of spending and more spending or will we all become responsible in every way, responsible consumers, responsible as a society.
    I have found your post very interesting and thought provoking and I am very happy to have been able to read all the comments too, and will check videos. I tried to listen to Richard David Precht, however he speaks to fast for me, my German is a little rusty. But I could read up on him or get one of his books as it really interests me what he believes about schooling. Thank you Martina Ramsauer, very interesting comments.

    • theburningheart says:

      Well, I guess some of us may get it, others may not, but certainly infusing values, and virtuous behavior through education, it’s a key factor.
      Every government on Earth should try to implement, teaching every young generation, without skipping here, to there, otherwise we will have a whole generation who go back to zero, and become a future problem, whose consequences, not only the whole of mankind will have to deal with, but our Planet as well.

      Thank you for your interest, and your great comment. 🙂

  18. da-AL says:

    tx for a thought provoking post — I sure hope people will learn something from all this, compassion at the very least…

  19. theburningheart says:

    Hopefully.
    Thank you for your comment. 🙂

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