I just read an article in the Melbourne Age suggesting that former Prime Minister John Howard had sought US favor to have charges laid against Australian David Hicks in order to improve Howards re-election chances. I immediately said to my wife “Can this be true? W hat would possess someone to do that?”
How naive am I … it’s greed, greed, greed!
It certainly isn’t reserved for politicians either as another article spoke of mass sackings at Qantas, OneSteel and Westpac while there were massive profits declared by BHP Billiton as the mining industry continues it’s sale into the growing Asian market. Is that the same Asian market that is also contributing enormously to local and global pollution? Yes it is and it is driven by greed, greed, greed and more greed.
Buckminster Fuller is considered by many as one of the most important human beings of the twentieth century. Fuller referred to this characteristic as one of “un-evidend selfishness”. This is where a person or a company appears to be doing the ‘right thing’ and being a generous or good person however the reality is they are really only interested in getting the best result for themselves … and “stuff the rest”.
The video clip above shows a small part of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s “Bed Peace” event in Montreal, Canada in 1969, at the same time as technology (ever accelerating change) reached a point for the first time in our human evolution where we could now provide for everyone on Earth at an unprecedented high standard of living … such that there was now no need to compete. What does it take to create a future that actually works, for everyone?
In fact competition is now detrimental to the ongoing survival and success of humanity.
A recent blog on 10billionbillionaires.org titled “How Far ‘Off-Track’ Are We … ?” looks at whether there are any leaders out there willing to declare the sort of future they are committed to creating.
Or are they just reacting to the situations as they occur and as they worsen around them?
Imagine a future (not that far away) where everyone is enjoying living there lives fully. A time when we all are able to live the lifestyle of billionaires and pursue challenges that we see need fixing. One issue that makes this future difficult for the majority to understand and comprehend is that still the vast majority of people do not understand science and technology.
However, there is a delightful way to breakthrough that challenge. It is called nature … and so I recommend you stop what you are doing and go out and sit in nature, in a park or by the beach or in a forest.
Did you know that a Humpback whale calf drinks around 400 litres of milk a day, and the mother whale does not eat for around six months losing one third of it’s size during the journey back to the feeding grounds? Who was the designer of this incredible ‘machine’?
That the trillions of phytoplankton that bloom each year, or the hundreds of millions of herring that migrate to the same area each year and lay billions of eggs that will feed nature’s cycle of lif ein almost perfect harmony … who designed all of this?
I’m very clear that we are in good hands, and we have the know how and the resources to create an amazingly prosperous future for all humankind as soon as we say so … and as soon as we let go of any need for greed, greed or even the slightest amount of greed!