Today the absurdity is real.
The largest problem I can discern facing our society is our impoverished collective understanding of human action.
I’ve listened, pressed, and devoted time to some of the greatest issues that face us. In what is a large research project, it is also dismal.
To my tally,
-Most of the world’s shallow water reefs are collapsing, which is devastating to the ocean and human life.
-The Paris climate accord and the likes are a “fraud” according to anybody with some sense, but also in regards to our world’s leading climate scientist, those like James Hansen.
-Most of the land around us is deteriorated significantly, managed for business and agriculture and persisting with striking amounts of pollutants.
-Life’s chronic exposure to our polluted environment has cancer and illness soaring.
-The largest and most destructive institutions have seized power in all aspects of the citizen life and operates with virtual impunity.
-Most of the citizenry is fighting to hold onto illusions that delay, even refuse mitigation.
-The moral fabric is nearly completely destroyed.
So, Happy Earth Day.
We’ll go pride ourself for caring by worshiping celebrity and smiling at a google doodle.
Meanwhile, a person or two will be over there in reality doing their best to discern, in an attempt to navigate, the consequences of our action and the future.
Rebellion is born of the spectacle of irrationality, confronted with an unjust and incomprehensible condition. But its blind impulse is to demand order in the midst of chaos, and unity in the very heart of the ephemeral. It protests, it demands, it insists that the outrage be brought to an end, and that what has up to now been built upon shifting sands should henceforth be founded on rock. Its preoccupation is to transform. But to transform is to act, and to act will be, tomorrow, to kill, and it still does not know whether murder is legitimate. Rebellion engenders exactly the actions it is asked to legitimate. Therefore it is absolutely necessary that rebellion find its reasons within itself, since it cannot find them elsewhere. It must consent to examine itself in order to learn how to act.
-The Rebel by Albert Camu