"But most of us used our houses as ATMs for new forms of consumption that were unimaginable to our parents, from holidays around the world to endless renovations and a constant flow of updated digital gadgets and virtual diversions."
wayne wrote:That generation was the first in recent decades to have a fairly pampered life. Im not talking about money and economy. Their parents, grandparents, great grand parents experienced ww1, ww2, and vietnam. The boomers missed all that. They and future generations were not hardened by simply surviving. After these wars it was a volunteer army and the population didnt have to participate , nor did they have to do without because of the needs of the army (rationing).
Its reasonable for them to be confused, angry and unable to get past 'how could you?'
Hugo Morvan wrote:Judith i am from Netherlands, great to see kids wanting to do something. Here they were spurred on by their teachers to go and demonstrate for the climate in the capital The Hague. Great! 10.000/ 15.000 kids. After they went en masse to Burger King and McDonalds, to celebrate how well they had done for the environment.
All the attention is on climate change, which is not correct. All the money is going into investing in CO2 decreasing measures. The economic reality is that if the whole of Europe uses less oil and gas the prices will drop, which will lead to more consumption elsewhere.
At the world economic forum in Davos the rich came together to talk about climate change, they came in a record number of private jets...
No one talks about build forests/food forests in politics,but that really tips the balance and takes care of the other problems we have as well.
Erosion, major die back and mass extinctions, food desserts, people accumulating in dense cities, desertification, attrecting rain, no future in the countryside for kids etc, etc.
Chris Kott wrote:I don't think that's an accurate assessment. You have to make government do things.
A participatory democracy only works if we participate; we have to do things to make them happen, and the least of these are voting. Right above that is engaging intellectually, rather than emotionally, with the subject matter being decided, which is made difficult by every special interests' spin doctors.
What's the average voter participation rate where you are? Because I know it's lower here than it should be for the number of people I hear complaining about the outcome.
I think your reaction, Judith, will be by far the most common, with many being less sincere about it than you are.
We are waking from the whole bread and circuses rope-a-dope, and as with all such shifts, some started a decade or two earlier, and some have been avoiding the whole mess since it started.
Systemic change will occur either because the existing system fails or because it has been changed from within. If it fails, people die. Maybe lots of people, and maybe worse than that.
I think that's something worth working to avoid, eh?
"If there's going to be change, real change, it will have to work its way from the bottom up, from the people themselves. That's how change happens."
“TO BE HOPEFUL in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.
What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.
And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.”
― Howard Zinn
After having played with the privilege of free tertiary education, most of us fell for the propaganda and sent our children off to accumulate debts and doubtful benefits in the corporatised businesses that universities became. We convinced our children they needed more specialised knowledge poured down their throats rather than using their best years to build the skills and resilience for the challenges our generation was bequeathing to them. For this we must be truly sorry. - David Holmgren