© 2015 by Raymond Alexander Kukkee
If anyone happens to ask, I happily and optimistically describe myself as a Christian, a believer in God, a writer, a published novelist, story-teller, poet, blogger, reader, creative dreamer, explorer, outdoors enthusiast, prospector, inventor, gardener, carpenter, builder, DIY’er, Jack of all trades, farmer, family man, father, husband, grandfather, and loyal friend to one’s end, however challenging. The list is long, but as long as it may be, it feels inadequate and incomplete for any human being, much less an aspiring writer full of words and ideals. Wanting to change the world for the better. What then?
Perhaps more importantly, I consider myself a dedicated observer of humanity; at times it seems we exist somewhere in the outlying fringes and watch, undaunted, as an experiment on a blue bubble in space drags us ever onward out to the unknown. Undaunted? The old adage ‘there’s nothing new under the sun’ comes in handy, and ‘the only thing sure in life is change itself’ might be applicable.
No matter; in the last few years we can easily suggest there have been changes on earth, in the environment, in weather, in probabilities; There have been disturbing changes in civilization, as usual not necessarily for the better, warfare, racism ugly politics, manipulation, not for ‘improvement’ of society, but for the benefit of social feel-good manipulators, the profit of power-mongers, self-awarded perks of the self-entitled rich, the development of seemingly uncontrollable, unethical corporate interests, parasitic freaks with over-the-top one-world agendas, and blatant, exponential growth and expressions of shameless, insatiable greed pursued at any cost to humanity as a whole.
In the humble beginning of IncomingBytes.com it was my dream,
a fantasy, absolute madness, delusion, foolishness,or perhaps just a fond wish to somehow do the impossible — with logic, reason, humility, cajoling, satire, good writing, or just good-old-fashioned persuasion—tempt individuals to actually think for themselves, one at a time or with circles of friends, in neigbourhoods, provinces, states, and even nations. Start dialogues. Discover new paths. Encourage. Initiate. Cultivate open minds.
We hypothesized that all of humanity could be persuaded eventually into entertaining and participating in serious new dialogues on the reinvention of civilization and humanity itself. One miniscule motion toward common sense, one step at a time would eventually complete the longest journey, the pen is mightier than the sword; speak up, wake up, take those essential, first, difficult steps, and all that. —the astute reader will get the idea.
So here in 2015 the need for change is still almost painfully obvious; back in 2012 the necessity for civilization reinvented was obvious; two hundred years ago , even two thousand years ago it was fact—unheeded, —and it is inevitable the bell already tolls for humanity.
Humanity continues to fail itself; civilization is becoming less civilized instead of advancing. Should we tear our hair out and blacken our faces in repentance? In preparation for doomsday so desired by so-called “leaders”? Shall we, like sheep, silence ourselves and like the majority, practice apathy in anticipation of the end of humanity itself?
There has never been a period in history without greed or warfare. Countries, long recognized in the ‘modern’ world, are becoming increasingly unstable and self-destructive. The universal model of a ‘nation’ is deteriorating and fragmentation is occurring. The greatest causes of failure on all scales continue to be poverty, disenfranchisement and economic disparity—the result of greed, abuse and corruption of imperfect, existing models whether they be social, religious, political or economic.
This same topic was approached in a previous post optimistically called ‘Civilization’ (1.0) which in part suggested little has changed over the duration of ‘civilization’ as we know it :
“The modern world remains subject to the same economic disparities, with groups of defined peoples divided into ‘have’ and ‘have-nots’ –relative at all levels, from the personal and individual to the largest universal, international scale. The rich and poor struggle bitterly in established classes, while ideological and political warfare is shamelessly propagated. The powerful and political exploit individual weaknesses. Ambition coupled with greed, hedonism, and mindless power preys on fear and apathy of the masses to realize and maximize their own entitlements regardless of lack of compassion or ethics. ” (1.0)
It seems the concept of logic or reason, somehow, is not only individually, but universally difficult to understand —or is it perceived as treason to become genuinely human, accept, initiate, and practice civility, which is currently trumped by hedonism, corporate culture, brainwashing, corruption, power and greed? Is there a silent collective, disheartened acceptance of destiny doom,and self-destruction?
Disenfranchisement of the poor is perpetrated not only upon the poor as individuals, but as complete segments, classes of people, and ethnicities, all conveniently exploited by the powerful. The same indignities are suffered by complete nations of peoples on a global scale; the international community of nations itself is divided into ‘haves and ‘have-nots’, exacerbated by historical exploitation of the resources of poor countries with little or no social benefit or remuneration, and abandonment when resources are depleted —a historical plague which continues unabated.
Poverty, hate, racism, unrest, uprisings, civil war, ugly, uncivilized expressions of disenfranchisement and ambition surface, fueled by hate. Terrorism, expansionism, and most recently, arbitrary, lunatic ‘declarations of imaginary states of perfection based on questionable ideology and misinterpreted religion’ ensue– and are today being forced upon populations with horrific genocide, murder and terror at a huge cost in innocent lives.
As human beings, we must object strenuously to the essential wrong and foundation of evil of many existing processes; the pretense of ‘advancement of civilization’ is blatant hypocrisy. As previously noted:
” Civilization at times is most uncivilized; and humanity is, at times, the least humane entity observable upon the face of this earth. It will not change until quantum changes are made in basic thinking. Humanity and civilization itself needs to be reinvented. ” (ibid)
Can civilization be reinvented?
Civilization reinvented —essential for survival of the human species, —to be sustainable —will require a planned, thoughtfully-executed and somewhat brave quantum leap from the status quo. There remains little doubt a major overhaul is essential with current environmental, economic and socio-political models clearly unsustainable. Why?
Think and consider:
- Interference by powerful nations in the political affairs of third-world nations and the Middle East have long-reaching and unintended results including the establishment of undesirable, ugly regimes. Can this policy be continued?
- There are enough nuclear bombs in modern nuclear arsenals to destroy the globe several times over;
- Can the world continue to consume resources at the existing rate? No.
- Is it logical to waste millions of lives and limited resources on warfare that could be used for the betterment of humanity?
- Is it logical or feasible to burn non-replaceable fossil fuels with atmospheric carbon dioxide levels already at the highest levels in 800 years—when clean technology and superior materials are readily available?
- Should the population of the earth continue to grow, uncontrolled, without adequate resources, without food and clean water, —when many world nations are already suffering starvation, poverty, overpopulation and inadequate water?
- Some 50% of known species of all wildlife have gone extinct in the last 50 years
- Deserts and dry lands are expanding
- Underground aquifers are dropping as ocean levels are rising
- Underground aquifers are being polluted with gas and oil fracking processes with toxic contaminated fracking fluids being disposed of underground
- Thousands of spills of crude oil and other petroleum products occur every year;
- Polar ice caps are melting and glaciers are retreating at an unprecedented rate
- Large ‘dead zones’ already exist in the oceans; traditional ocean fisheries stocks are depleted or contaminated with chemicals
- The oceans have been used as dumps for raw sewage and garbage; huge ‘gyres’ of floating garbage including plastic endangering sea life and birds are known to exist
- Choking and deadly smog already blankets major Asian cities a result of uncontrolled industrial pollution. Industrial pollution is ignored.
- ____________________________ (the reader is encouraged to fill in the blank)
….and the list goes on, and on…with “leaders” worldwide and corporate interests in a state of denial. The broken clock is ticking. Right, Alice. Fantasyland.
The sad fact is, there IS no “Plan B” for the human race. There is no magic solution, no place to run to. Loyal readers of Incoming Bytes are encouraged to think for themselves and take those first tiny, difficult steps..wherever possible. What do YOU think?
Is that Incoming I hear?
1.0 Civilization: http://incomingbytes.com/civilization/