Is Peace Possible?
a cold war made guns
now held by the children of Africa
as the soldiers of unwitting tyranny
fighting for kings and generals and ceo’s
AK-47 rebels against a system they cant understand
I’m running a poll of my followers (and their followers if anyone cares to reblog), please respond with a number, or detailed answer:
do you think that global peace is realistically possible?
1- Yes, it is, and all it would take is the removal of subversive elements such as Structural Violence, Institutional Racism, Neo-Colonialism, and other similarly harmful socio-economic practices. And the inclusion of co-operative practices which encourage positive social behaviour.
2- Yes, but the subversive and harmful socio-economic practices are deeply entrenched, so it is very unlikely and would take several generation at the very least.
3- No, the subversive and harmful socio-economic practices are too deeply ingrained, and it is more likely that global warfare will persist to the point of social and/or environmental collapse.
4- No, the human species is genetically hard-wired for violence, and Warfare is an inevitable result of growing populations requiring ever more resources.
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she turned, her great girth giving birth
she burned, her cruel cancer stealing worth
Here’s to the love that lies in people’s eyes. And lies, and lies, and lies.
in the quiet moments of the morning
only my thoughts keep me from drifting apart
I am nothing, embodied in everything.
I am something, but I could be anything.
Thoughts, tying my realities
Into knots of unrealistic imaginings.
When I wake, will I be me,
Or will this life be a wisp of memory?
Normal - the enforced mentality of one that is enslaved.
Morals and ethical questions are based on societal or religious teachings. They give us the false perception that there is a right or wrong answer to the questions we’re asking. The answers themselves have perceived ethical value, not actual ethical value. Because actual ethical value is a variable intellectual construct. It doesn’t actually exist. I’m not saying there is no right or wrong, i’m saying that it is impossible to know right from wrong without knowing EVERYTHING about the given topic. The best we can hope for is a balanced moral relativism which we patch with laws and government.
Unless we shift the paradigm….
Let’s leap ahead to a Global Post-Scarcity Society that is fully implemented and functional. Society at large is working within a system that provides maximum abundance for and of everything we know we need as a species to survive. But, since this includes almost every other living organism on the planet, we are tasked with establishing the needs of our fellow planetary inhabitants to ensure their survival. Science has been scratching the surface on this front for decades and biologists are beginning to learn far more than they ever expected about the fauna and flora of our planet. About the communication techniques used by plants within vast ecosystems about the true nature of balance in networked communities. In this hypothetical society, the question is never asked of us: “do we need this resource in order to survive?” because the question is moot, of course we need this resource to survive, we need it all to survive because it is vastly interlinked. but resource allocation is not up to us and our opinions. if that resource is needed elsewhere, perhaps a 3D factory providing sustainable housing parts, regardless of market demand for new barbie doll handbags if it is an oil-based plastic, then that is where the resource must go. Our survival is part of the greater survival of the planet. we are dependent on it, and it on us. this understanding of symbiosis and dynamic life cycles changes how we approach resource usage.
Now this seems difficult to align with our current thinking and systems, but thankfully it only seems that way. We already understand the interlinked nature of the world a little better thanks to the internet, our sciences are uncovering the means to communicate with the rest of the life on the planet, and everywhere i look i’m seeing more and more people waking up to this new world where we are more an more capable, again, thanks to the internet. As the rest of the systems on the planet crumble, the internet is showing us faster and faster just how relative our ethics are, and we are beginning to see the new ways of approaching life, that permit for us to put morals and ethics aside and make correct decisions that benefit all.
If people cannot be trusted, and so need to be governed by laws, how can people be trusted to create just laws.