Our communities need to reflect deeply

Editor:

Civilized? Haven’t we seen enough of Earth/home poverty … the worse forms of vicious violence… abuse… neglect?

Editor:

Civilized? Haven’t we seen enough of Earth/home poverty … the worse forms of vicious violence… abuse… neglect?

Will burying/countering … discounting/denying/dismissing/distorting … valid scientific evidence/knowledge … permit unchecked market/extraction activities … fostering unrestrained human growth … depleting natural resources, species, forests, biosphere … polluting, toxifying potable water, health … degrading climate, arable land, oceans … maintaining economic failure and/or pursuing sociopathic interests/ideas?

Are we focused on increasing global competition for depleting/depleted vital resources to produce colossal sociopathic wealth in the marketplace, acquired madly through unlimited pathological growth … fortified with a military might/force capable of killing every human being 10 times over … in command … those who can/will put every human being at risk?

Will “classical” Adam Smith, “neo-liberal” Ayn Rand/Milton Friedman market economic growth economics determine our value … with unremorseful financial/mega-corporations pirating social wealth … democracy … controlled by the power elite for private wealth … pursuing pathological consequences … outsmarting all social beings … massively diminishing individual and human rights … unsustainable for civilized being?

Are we dysfunctional … co-dependent … fearful, insecure, anxious, stressful, confused … in turmoil, crisis, mistrustful … socially conflicted with unrelenting losses of dignified work, foreclosures, homelessness, hunger, inadequate medical care, ignorance, disease, poverty … with endless social injustice on a vast scale by systemically increasing social inequality?

Can only a community of real social equals build a real democracy?

Can it really already be too late … living for real evolutionary democracy … for real social equality for all … for real liberty and justice for all … in really safe communities for all?

Ultimately … what kind of social order will best serve the needs of all communities respectfully … the needs of all its members now … for future generations … justly?

Consider where we live … where we die.

Earth is our only home.

Deepest reflection is called for … in our communities now … for reconsidering who we are … what our purposes are … our reason for being in this universe.

Herb Nakada

Williams Lake

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