Did I mention actively trying to start a world war in that last post? Because funnily enough, after writing that post, I came to this passage in Factfulness:
We need Olympic Games, international trade, educational exchange programs, free internet – anything that lets us meet across ethnic groups and country borders. We must take care of and strengthen our safety nets for world peace. Without world peace, none of our sustainability goals will be achievable. It’s a huge diplomatic challenge to prevent the proud and nostalgic nations with a violent track record from attacking others now that they are losing their grip on the world market. We must help the old West to find a new way to integrate itself peacefully into the new world.
– Factfulness by Dr Hans Rosling p. 239
In my sleep I thought, maybe the conservatives know exactly what they’re doing? If they understand (and aren’t doing anything to prevent) climate change, then it would make sense, as a particular course of action, to:
- lock down your country & promote nationalism
- become self-sufficient in manufacturing, etc
- budget for more military spending
- withdraw from multi-country agreements
- reduce spending on poor people
- increase spending on wealthy people who might survive
In other news, saw this tweet the other day. Below is the picture from it (embedding from Twitter wasn’t working).
We were moseying along. We were trusting the people in charge were well-informed and working hard (as best they can) to make the world a better place – do what needs to be done to prevent climate change from wrecking future lives. But the report came out and James had a nightmare about it and I thought about it on and off each day; what sort of apocalyptic future is coming? We’re a bit freaked out.
We’re getting solar panels.
Reducing meat and milk.
Installing a water tank so we use rainwater for the garden – if the rain continues.
Growing our own veggies.
We get eggs from a small family farm.
I vote Green.
Trying to walk more, drive less.
I’m getting a secondhand bike.
Meanwhile, I’m reading Factfulness, which presents a fact-based and positive view of our current world. I don’t know what to think.
P.s. received this email from a clothing company today. nice to see other people are trying to do something.
Two quotes I’ve been thinking about:
1. Esther Perel
Women are not less interested in sex than men, they’re less interested in the sex they can have. What makes women lose that interest? Domesticity. Motherhood. The mother thinks about others the whole time. The mother is not busy focusing on herself. In order to be turned on you have to be focused on yourself in the most basic way. The same woman who’s numb in the house gets turned on when she leaves. She doesn’t need hormones. Change the story.
2. The School of Life (Kindness Card)
Kind people know how to talk about their failures. They know that others need to hear external evidence of the problems that make us all feel so lonely: how abnormal our sex lives are; how misguided our careers are proving; how unsatisfactory our family can be; how worried we are pretty much all the time.
So beautiful. So funky. You can listen to all of “Hive Mind” on YouTube ~ ~ ~ ~