Focusing on Solving our Biggest Problems Dec 2012

Posted by Willard Anderson on January 27th, 2013.



Life seems to have a lot of interfering annoying, cloying irritants such as reach of the corporations activities for one, the city is not run well, the streets are in disrepair and could damage our car. Or our spouses are irritating to us. They have different ideas than we do, in our choice of entertainment, clothes, furniture. He or she is a late riser or a too early riser. Our kids don’t take our advice. Someone elses religion is too different. But really when one looks at it these are all small things, so perhaps we need to look at the Buddhists way of treating life. They said one should be ready to accept what life threw at us, and to accept changes. But in fact we have a way of problem solving. We have learned how to cross a stream by learning to build a bridge. We have developed books on problem solving and applied them to marketing so we can sell product around the world .We developed more and more convenient cars. These are problems that in earlier times companies fought over. Now we have resolved many of them, but we create new problem areas. We realize all earth is connected so previous actions may impact today in harmful ways. In fact we often say, “don’t sweat the small stuff.” which is usually good advice. We are quite able to deal with the small distractions of life if we do not magnify small things into unmanageable things. In medicine we even learned to sterilize and to immunize, big developments that have saved many people. But then there are also the unmanageable things.

In Manitoba a man was driving his child to Thunder Bay. the child had a cold and the man went on about his driving. When he arrived the child was dead. A woman’s first concern would have been the child. It never would have died, but rather would have had care along the way. Men are not tuned into children even after birth. Why do so many women follow the ways of men. The Taliban destroyed what saved womens’ children. International aid workers were distributing polio vaccine. The Taliban killed the workers.

Women follow a religion with male priests only, a misogynistic system. Child molestation had become a huge problem. Who supports such systems? Such religions have many dead ideas.

Now we want the Pakistanis and other ethnic groups to think as we do. But we have institutionalized a different kind of behavior. It is called global capitalism, and is violent and needs to be modified.

Well we have to do certain things so we can improve the situation. We have to look at the big picture. We have to democratize and inform religion. Roberts says that very often research is very narrow. It examines one species, one disease, one behavior. We have forgotten the health of the macro systems that we depend upon to live. We don’t examine corporations, just buy what comforts us from them. We don’t look at the collective impact of large corporations on our biological living systems. So now we have to question more, find answers and take positive action. How does religion sometimes hurt us? How do unregulated too big to fail banks destroy the real economy. How do we define economy- why is it defined only in terms of profit at any cost one can get away with. How can we build the macro biological environment in to the economy? There are many negatives in our systems including: the Tar Sands, the deep sea draggers, and agriculture that depend upon fertilization that increases the salt and infertility of the soil over the long run, deforestation that reduces oxygen production and destroys much of the diversity of species, diversity that is a key to survival.

Think tanks need to have diverse specialties, particularly to ensure the biological sciences are represented and they must have the power to be listened to and have the power to act for the good of the planet.

Jan 2013


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