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Political Miracles Are Also Welcome

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Pope Francis Issues a Papal Encyclical on the Environment

Let's call it what it is. A controversy. An epic battle in the making. An epic battle between realms; the spiritual vs. the economic-political. The world in which we struggle to survive is increasingly becoming a deteriorated pile of filth,  an unparalleled disgusting mess.  Already precipitating a humanitarian disaster of biblical proportions the disasters occurring  are totally unnecessary and unacceptable to modern civilization.  Climate change must be addressed and remedied by everyone including  his 1.5 billion faithful and the rich alike. Everyone must be involved, suggested Pope Francis in an edgy new encyclical on the environment. Rich countries, Pope Francis also  observed,  in his newest and highly controversial papal encyclical, are primarily responsible for climate change, the environment being a mess, a  growing cesspool of greed and human tragedy. He is demanding action.  A rallying call.  Get to it.  Remedies are to be initiated by the faithful. Immediately and decisively. Genuine thought worthy of a leader.  Kudos to Pope Francis, a genuine leader.  It seems some politicians are displeased to hear the truth. Imagine that.  Politicians  loudly object when sensitive buttons have been pushed.   A reality check for the thinking;  it has been  historically and repeatedly demonstrated  that the political realm is an unlikely source of  miracles where the environment is irrelevant  and corporate interests and greed are paramount. Presidential candidate Jeb Bush suggests Pope Francis is a nice guy but " should leave  resolving of environmental problems to the political realm." We burst out laughing. Really.  In overview, to mitigate ongoing climate change and survive ever more common serious disasters may now require miracles of the Godly kind.  Hear, hear!  —but let us remain optimistic and open-minded;  political miracles are still  welcome.  We begin to smirk , chuckle, then laugh raucously,  analyze and ponder the implications. We wink and yawn. 

"Look, Jebbie, old man,  be reasonable;  you are aspiring to follow in the footsteps of Georgie and Daddy, are you not?  A presidential wannabe?  You want to lead a mere  300 million Americans? (smirk)   Pope Francis is already leading 1.2 billion+ people worldwide. Successfully.  With respect. With dignity.  And God's on his side. He's got the jump on you and has a nice hat too.  And a pope-mobile. "     *click

  —And a Popemobile, Jebbie, this is serious stuff....wait..wait, did'ya get that, Jebbie? .—Was that a disconnect? —wait,  —Jeb...Jebbie?  Did you hang up on us, Jebbie?  Mission accomplished?'"  

Ah well.  See what happens?   No matter.  Jebbie got huffy and stormed off  to play golf. 

Political Miracles from the Political Realm?

We could not agree more that environmental destruction has been caused in  the majority, by greedy, foolish use of and thoughtless exploitation of world resources. Profiteering at any cost.  Any cost, worth repeating.  Even the destruction of humanity itself.  Living in a corporate-dictated world,  a greedy, throw-away, wasteful and uncaring society is unhelpful in all things environmental—a classic understatement. The controversial  fossil fuel lifestyle was designed by, and for the egos and benefit of the corporate rich. It is promoted by fossilized minds which detest the concept of free energy and clean technology. It has been  exacerbated by greedy corporate ideology enabled by the self-entitled, narrow-minded, obscenely rich political realm at the expense of all other human beings and other life forms.  An epic battle is long overdue. The environment is  suffocating  for the lack of  meaningful remedial action,   gasping for  the tiniest sign of hope.  Species are disappearing at an unbelievable rate, never to be seen again.  Unacceptable, says Pope Francis.   Climate change is real, the earth is heating, make no mistake about it, time is of the essence, and the rich and powerful  simply do not care.  The mind-set is tuned to greed and profit, even though, strangely,  there is much more profit to be gained by changing to clean technology. *Note to Self:  Each small step toward remediation and  and  change in societal direction requires will-power and  miracles—political miracles to be specific.  Commitment, Jebbie! Actual thinking for yourself. Actual doing.  Actually taking responsibility. **Note 2  to Self:     How unlikely. How sad for humanity. Pope Francis is right,  the process of environmental healing must begin,  no matter how many  uber- rich politicians promise political miracles and indignantly scream objections,  fearing economic  change  and loss of  both political influence and tax havens. Let us be realistic.  Agreement on  the necessity of controlling  the  corporate sector enough reclaim the environment would be a political  miracle.  Finding politicians honest enough to act with that goal in mind might be closer to the Godly variety.  Let us willfully declare our commitment to civilization and our humanity.  Let us not cop out to  garner the favour of fossilized, rich political naysayers.  Time is running out, whether or not we believe the controversial words of Pope Francis.  What do YOU think?    # Is that Incoming I hear? 
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Civilization

© by Raymond Alexander Kukkee The detailed observation of Humanity has been practiced since the beginning of time and  the conception of the earth itself.  Beliefs rooted in fear, suspicion, and worship of unknown, all-powerful  Gods were used as controlling factors by the rich, powerful and devious with their own agendas and self-enfranchisement. "Civilization" was born screaming.  We can only observe. 92      Winter Point of View: Details               photo ©2012 by rakukkee Humanity cultured the concept of civilization, and that unique process fostered and directed by the powerful established ordered cultures in turn that further  fashioned, controlled, distorted, and eventually destroyed great civilizations. Although civilization has become more advanced technologically, very little is different for humans. We are subject to the same frailties, foibles, and foolishness,  from individual personal relationships to international failures in declarations of war. 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. 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 needs to be reinvented. Humanity today remains what it always has been; a mystery to be observed, recorded, interpreted, analyzed and perhaps even  improved where possible.  That is what  "Humanity" is about, from personal relationships and interactions in all manner-- to the universe beyond --how we are perceived to interact, live, love, work and  play. What we perceive ourselves to be. How we think. --the essentials of survival itself -thought, question logic, and reason. Perhaps these are some concepts that should be understood as we move into 2013 and onward -having survived another predicted apocalypse of civilization.   Is that Incoming I hear? photo credit:   by author
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