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Thursday, May 10, 2007

Let us be Brief (Rev'd)

There is the "doomsday clock" of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists....there is the South African proverb that says it's "2 minutes to Twelve"....and then there is Al Gore, and "28 Days Later", and Chicken Little and all the Rest.

So let us be brief.

All of us claim to want a world bereft of poverty, pollution,tyranny, and least I think we all do, except perhaps for a small cohort of the certifiably insane. We can get a more Demo-cratic, Eco-cratic (though not Theo-cratic) world in one of two ways:

The first is to try to use Violence, Force, Shock, and Awe to impose it on the world. The futility of Force used this way was obvious to Simone Weil in 1939 when she wrote her essay on the Iliad. It was clear to me at the tender age of 22 when I put my Selective Service System I.D. in an envelope and mailed it back to Gen. Lewis Hershey. The futility of such an approach is obvious to most of the world by now.

And now for a more excellent championed by Paul Hawken, among others, for at least thirty years.

That this was evident from the publication of his book THE NEXT ECONOMY was abundantly clear to anyone who read it. In the June 2007 issue of ORION...

Hawken set out what he perceives to be the beginning of a global movement to tame the brutal Forces which wreak most destruction across the globe.

Based on decades of talking ecology with tens of thousands of Global Thinkers, Leaders, Movers, and even Shakers, Hawken now argues that the world is positioned not only for a new era of democracy, but also a worldwide movement away from greed and pollution.

God help us if he is wrong.

God will help us, too, if is right.

Your Obdt. Svt.,


1 comment:

davebuehler said...

[ Hawken's essay "remake the World" is drawn from his new book BLESSED UNREST (2007) of which David Orr has remarked:

'On one side the four horsemen of the apocalypse; on the other a vast and nameless uprising of peoples and organizations fighting for justice, places, communities, diversity, and health--the planetary immune system. Paul Hawken's Blessed Unrest is not just a good book, it is a necessary book, wise, eloquent, perceptive, sober, and timely but above all, hopeful. A landmark!']