That human opportunity amidst finite environments produces a fatal consequence is beyond doubt. This truth about human impact on other humans and the earth is attaining global consequence. For some, this consequence will be denied to continue expansionist mindsets irregardless of fact and reality.
How are good ideas and mass achievement somehow becoming deadly?
It might be called “the good life”, or “making it”, but it seems about fantasy fulfillment and not about the whole of reality. Taking grand opportunity is seen as a gift to be realized, a dream to be fulfilled. Modern humanity is encouraged to go for both; be all one can be, and be proud of the magnitude of ones achievements. This paradigm, however, is often divorced from the effects of human behavior upon finite ecosystems and effects upon others. It is then detached from reality, yet often approached as if it represents self realization itself; ones own holy grail.
Delusional thinking, thoughts unattached to actual consequence in the real world, is widely perceived as a good if there are major short term benefits to those doing the opportunistic thinking. This formula for self inebriation is driving humankind into a wall. That wall is also known as the truth. Truth must be diverted from consciousness. These negative larger impacts are to be diminished and denied for ones own benefit. This sets up desire for rationalizations which will condemn the questions, while praising the ego for its opportunism; the material world coming to represent ones proof of attainment as a human being, while others wishing they had what you have, validation of your success.
Opportunist, particularly in business, have proved ready to deny scientific evidence of poisons being emitted into the environment by their doings. From pollution of the waters, pollution of the air, pollution of all kinds. If you can make money and people want what you have, that is apparently the extent of your duty to the Whole of Life.
The Opportunist Challenge
It is understandable that those who rationalize exploitation of environments unattached to real world consequence, will be welcomed by the eager opportunist to assuage cognitive dissonance and other senses of wrongdoing. From think tanks to infiltrating religious institution, self validation will be highly desirable to disable democracy and send it down wedge issue dead ends. Yes. Democracy implies a whole commons for citizen influence as a collective. Democracy is a threat to holding polluters, opportunist, and other violators of The Commons of Life, accountable. It becomes a good for some to render Democracy superfluous. Nothing like emotionalized issues to grab attention from more sterile scientific thought.
Opportunist then need generate legions of “believers” in a kind of anti-science, or pseudo-scientific rationalization. That industry is cranking mind pollution out by the day and night. Those enticed into denying scientific evidence, will seek out other evidence, but it will not be based on a rational logic dialectic. It will go overboard, where it will be taken on faith, along with some debunking (the science is all wrong) rational. A fact based objective oriented approach to defining reality will be seen as a negative, even an evil influence, for it seems to threaten unbridled fantasy from being extended from the ego into The Commons, so denial to the context life exist in becomes necessary for self delusion to maintain its noose around perceptions neck. Once rationality is blinded, the self can be lead most anywhere on trust and faith, no matter how misplaced objectively. God and nation will become fair game in this diversion of attention.
-Balance, pollution, success, crisis, opportunity, achievement, blowback, self realization, excuse, accountability, responsibility, exploitation, survival, saving the earth from fatal abuse, God vs science. All these things plus many more are in the mix. Unless humankind gets real instead of being seduced by opportunist looking for their own small world kingdoms, we risk Life on earth as we have known it. Human attempts at unaccountability have become the earths nemesis as material growth has become worshiped as an only answer.
We treat earth as a garbage dump because we deny our connections of choice to larger consequence.
Have a sunset from today. Thanks to One Earth.