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Cartoon of the evaluation of the
2015/2016 Paris Agreement on climate change at the Eiffel Tower, Paris
(The Brussels Times, posted 4 April 2019, accessed 10 October 2020; fair use, educational)
Investigation of Climate Change Hysteria at the US Capitol Building (Cagle Cartoons; fair use, educational)
The Wrath of the Ents
(Ted Nasmith, from The Two Towers by JRR Tolkien; fair use, educational)
| Save the World with Money?
In Money, we briefly looked at whether we can save the world with money.
For decades we have known that this is possible.
We saw that only a tiny fraction of global military spending would suffice:-
Yet we are spending all this money on the wrong things.
We are hoarding it and not redistributing it for the well-being of all life.
Why is this?
In my view, it is the refusal of the superrich to allow a Culture of Love. They would rather create a Culture of Power. As a result, there is no political will to save the world:
“Human beings have all the elements necessary for the kingdom of God to come to earth. The only obstacle to this happening is their own unwillingness: they do not want to participate in this work for the good of humanity. They are too preoccupied with their own interests. How can the kingdom of God be realized in such circumstances? If we were all willing to make the few necessary efforts, progress would be very quick. But the crux of the matter is consent. Take someone like Hitler, for example: do you think he had such exceptional qualities? Not at all, but due to the prevailing circumstances, he was able to unite and gain the consent of millions of Germans, and this is why he became so powerful. And if we now gave our consent to the ideas of universal brotherhood, instead of to racism and discrimination, the kingdom of God, the Golden Age, would come.” (O.M. Aïvanhov)
'Greta Thunberg has blasted politicians as hypocrites and international climate summits as empty words and greenwash. Until humanity admits it has failed to tackle the climate crisis and begins treating it as an emergency like the coronavirus pandemic, society will be unable to stop global heating, she said. In an interview with the Guardian, Thunberg said leaders were happy to set targets for decades into the future, but flinched when immediate action to cut emissions was needed.'
(The Guardian, posted and accessed 9 November 2020)
Eiffel Tower cartoon by The Brussels Times
Let us now look at the same question in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic of 2020.
Here is the monetary cost of this pandemic at various dates, and other statistics:-
These figures even dwarf those of military spending and corporate tax avoidance, etc.
This is even more proof that we save the world with money!!
Here are some related quotes/stats:-
US Capitol cartoon by Cagle Cartoons
We urgently need to transform or oust current political systems and install those that serve Earth and its creatures. So-called 'democracy' is a sham. The people are not being served. Organisations are trying so hard to change the system like Burning Pink. The Green Party (England & Wales) and Extinction Rebellion consider Citizens Assemblies as essential.
But the global elite are heavily entrenched and many in the Rich World are still too comfy.
For me, it seems that only the wrath of Nature will be enough to topple the current entrenched political systems.
Just as the Ents routed Saruman in the Lord of the Rings. They were slow to act, but when they did, it was decisive.
In our world, Nature's wrath has been slowly but surely - and entirely - aroused by human ignorance and arrogance and greed.
It is manifesting in the form of the current Climate & Ecological Emergency.
We must continue our activism but it seems only Nature's wrath is enough to dislodge the superrich elite from their apparently unassailable dark towers - and secure victory!
Finally, I'd just like to add that we must beware of reducing everything to numbers, stats and amounts of money. There is a real danger of missing the human side to our crisis (e.g. here). We can lose empathy and compassion, when of course the purpose of this article is to evoke the Love that resides in all of us...