This is the third and final part of my series about … anything and everything! I’ve really enjoyed this, felt like I was actually chatting with Mary all the time. I hope you guys feel free to chime in on any aspect or topic addressed here. As with the first two, Mary’s comment is in normal text, my responses are in blue.
And none of this mentions the third world countries and the horrible living conditions and poverty and starvation that are in their daily lives. And we think this will change?
No, sadly the situation in the third world countries is likely, with the effects of climate change, to become far worse in the coming years. It would take the cooperation of all the industrialized nations and their willingness to work together to help those in poor nations, to make a concerted effort to combat the loss of arable land, to help find solutions to provide potable drinking water, and to help them become economically stable, not to mention providing a wide array of health services. All of which is a pipe dream, when the industrialized nations cannot even agree on the simplest of concepts.
Some may say I’m pessimistic, but I feel I’m realistic. Maybe it’s just the way of Mother Nature. We are the destroyers and the only ones who can bring about a possible eventual return of a healed planet, when we are gone and nature can flourish once again in peace.
Until recently, at least a few of my friends said I got on their nerves with my optimism. But that optimism has faded with the things I have seen from the human race in the past few years. Like you, I consider myself neither an optimist nor a pessimist, but rather, a pragmatist, a realist. The reality is that the human race is not living up to its potential, and in the process of destroying the planet, we are also destroying ourselves. There is still time for us to start listening, learning and trying to change, and there are signs that some are, but unfortunately not enough. I liked a comment Robert Vella made on Part I of this series … that we have to find a way to make Joe Blow feel like he is part of the solution. When we figure out how to do that, then perhaps there will be hope.
And although the environment is of the utmost peril to fix if at all possible, something must be done to change people’s minds about the validity of science and the scourge of racism. Education, to me is key. The two things that work against it are far right religion and racism pure and simple.
You are spot on! Education is the answer to both of these things … making people realize that science is not a hoax, and that all people are equal, regardless of skin colour, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identification, height, eye colour, language, culture, etc., etc., etc. And education begins where? In the home. We can blame the Department of Education for a lot, rightfully, and we can blame the colleges for not stepping up to the plate, but we, as parents and grandparents, have the most influence over our children in their early, formative years. Racism breeds racism, bigotry is carried from one generation to the next. The question, then, becomes … how do we break that cycle?
Future generations could maybe slowly reverse this environmental damage through scientific research and new technologies, but not if science is not taught and respected.
I think that if we wait for ‘future generations’, based on what I have read of the IPCC and NCA reports on climate change, it will be too late. We have to convince governments and industries that if we don’t act now, the human race won’t survive, and it won’t make a damn bit of difference how much money they had or how large their investment portfolio, how many rooms in their mansion, or how many trips to the Riviera they took. In truth, I suspect that those who claim to deny a belief in the science behind climate change know that they are being obtuse, know that the science is real, but are just too stubborn to act, for it might require sacrifice on their part. And some of the extremely religious, I imagine, believe that their god will not allow anything bad to happen. Blind faith, they call it.
Wars will continue as long as politicians and big business makes money off of them.
Agreed. Many profit greatly from wars, especially arms manufacturers. Others lose their lives, their sons, their husbands …
Racism and bigotry in the US will continue as long as religion castigates other non Christian beliefs and lifestyle choices.
Bigotry in all its forms will continue as long as people believe, whether because of religion or society, that they are somehow superior to others based on some irrelevant criteria. We keep fighting the same battles over and over, thinking that we’ve finally learned something, and then, a generation or two later, we fight the same battles again. It’s the fatal flaw of the human race.
And thus concludes this three-part series. I hope you found it interesting, found some food for thought, and maybe even shared your own opinion on some of these topics. Special thanks to maryplumbago for sharing her thoughts, and for agreeing to participate in The Conversation.