We’ll not find hope’s light, flickering, even faintly, through the signs of the times. Ecologies cascade, resources are pillaged, economies hollowed and people dispossessed. Man-induced climate change will soon make chaos of the works of Man and what’s more, 99.9% of us in the UK have had a hand in causing that chaos and in removing the possibility of a settled life for our own children.
The intelligence of our senses must come to that conclusion. All that I’ve mentioned is plainly visible, while it’s also apparent that a personally-induced acceleration is intrinsic to all those tragedies.
Yet turn on BC Radio Four, open the Times, or Guardian newspapers and we’ll find quite different anxieties. Those anxieties are to maintain the ways of life, which have caused that tragedy.
The only course to escaping the coming chaos is to utterly change how we live and to abandon the ways of life advocated by BBC Radio four, the Guardian newspaper, mainstream political parties and so on.
We’ve become accustomed to seek change – not by changing ourselves – but by our consumer choices, casting votes, lobbying governments, petitioning corporations and by posting comments below internet articles.
This is crazy. Corporations, governments and internet articles are all three, ideas – abstractions. They have not the physics to cause anything. They lobby us to live as they wish. It is foolish to lobby them to behave as we wish, since they can only behave through us, who one, by one, are composed into a society.
To be sure we can cast a vote to change the direction of government and corporate coercion, and that may create fewer obstacles to behaving properly, but each action I take is morally attached to me and not to governments.
If enough of my friends and neighbours choose to stop shopping in super markets, and instead seek out proper shops and market squares, then the local super market will close and new opportunities for trades’ people will open. If most of my friends come to cancel their holiday flights, because they see it (which it is) as child murder, then many, who were careless of such thoughts and may also be fashion-conscious will cancel theirs to be seen as a part of the new fashion.
If gossip in town becomes suddenly much louder, because of a fashionable evacuation of retail parks and a new love for diverse shops, pubs and so on, then the coercive voices of newspaper, internet, radio and television will become muted to the same degree.
If the impulse spreads (and the power of fashion is a powerful thing), then corporations will collapse along with the voices of the politicians which they’d “employed” in New Labour, Tory, UKIP and Liberal parties.
These truths are irrefutable.
Maybe, says the comment column soon to appear beneath this article, but pigs might fly, people won’t change and so all the above is pie in the sky. The comments, for the most part, won’t say my proposition is untrue, but that it lives in Cloud Cuckoo Land.
Flying pigs eating pies above Cloud Cuckoo Land, are what tamed corporate politicians most fear. They are the innocent truth. Imagine that innocence. It is delightful and it is possible.
Now imagine the weary “realism” of the commentators. It delusively denies the place to which it heads – that is cascading ecologies, crashing economies, flood, drought, storm, famine… The weary realism urges acceptance of the end of civilisation. So, the weary realism is a delusion and my flying pigs are the truth.
The weary realism of Radio Four & the Guardian is persuading us that personally we are meaningless and that we must cast our vote in the coming general election for the realism that will sack economies, pillage resources, forget the ecologies upon which all economies depend and also forget the mother of all human catastrophes, which is climate change.