Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Collective Insanity

I just read an article by someone called Bhikkhu Bodhi, a Buddhist monk. The entire article is here - http://philosophersforchange.org/2015/08/11/taking-notes-49-climate-change-a-moral-call-to-social-transformation/

The article itself is worth reading as it goes into many of the issues humanity currently faces. But I was struck by the last paragraph which goes:

At this point in time we stand facing two alternatives about our common future that lead in opposite directions. One leads deeper into a culture of death, toward increasing devastation and eventual social collapse; the other leads to a revitalization of our humanity, to the emergence of a new culture of life. As climate change accelerates, the choice before us is becoming starker, and the need to choose wisely grows ever more urgent. The resources for making the necessary transition are at our disposal. What is missing is collective insight and unified will.

My question is this - just who is the Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi referring to when he talks of collective insight and unified will? Is he talking to the Billions of people around the world whose lives have been reduced to being cogs in the global capitalistic machine? Or is he talking to the well-educated and highly-paid professionals who administer and engineer the elaborate system of oppression and destruction that surrounds us? Or is he talking to the sociopathic men in charge of world affairs who are intent on winning and taking what little there is left of a dying planet? Where does that collective insight and unified will come from?

Beats me!

Here's the classic depiction of the Pyramid of Capitalism -

A more modern version -

So, again, where is that collective insight and unified will expected to come from? Who among the 7.3 Billion people on the planet is doing anything about it?