So… here we are at the cusp of something AMAZING
Scientific and engineering advancements whooooshing ahead with talk in some quarters that there is availabilty of free sustainable energy for all….the ability to actually CREATE water in such abundance that this too could reach even the most drought stricken areas…plus the developments in crop production anf medicines…. BINGO… utopia on planet earth
BUT….and here lies the rub
WHO exactly is going to benefit from all this…where is the fundamental ideology… the motivation driving it all!?
Are we REALLY going to have a world of equity whereby technological advancements have led us to robotics doing all the work and us humans spending our time just swinging in hammocks…tablets in hand with blue skies above?
Are we on the way to becoming android?… Well YES on this last point I would argue… we are already being microchipped…overtly.. like the lone worker device that increasingly large numbers of public sector workers are having to carry… and covertly… thro our smartphones and tablets being tracked, hacked and memories stored in the various e’ clouds
You see from where Im sitting it depends who you are and where you are
We have recently had the Olympic games in Brazil….. this is a fine example….much talk of not having to walk too far from the Olympic city or the more affluent streets to be in areas run by gangs and druglords
Is this suprising?
Is this peculiar to latin american countries?
I can comment on an estate here in the UK where I used to work ….it was a good few years after the Miners strikes of the 1980’s…. I had just moved back from living and working in inner city london.. and was shocked by the rift between the generations at that time in the particular area… those areas had been reduced to nothing… the pits had been closed without any kind of attempt at engagement with the communities or back up plan…. the miners were made out to be backward thugs and out and out villains at the time
What I found was a very warm… (albeit understandably suspicious of outsiders initially).. ..community
My first morning driving onto the estate I was struck by the children being walked to school predominantly by men… that alone blasts a stereotype out of the water doesn’t it?
It also soon became apparant the HUGE drug problem with the younger people on the estate… Heroin was rife yet unheard of prior to the strikes… and I mean RIFE….there was a whole black market set up around it at that time… in areas like this which were pretty much self contained and away from the larger metropolis areas… if your washing machine broke down you didnt need to go to argos….just see the local dealer…. and how did such vast quantities of Heroin find its way to these pretty remote places ANYWAY?
Do you see where I’m going with this?
In short its about ‘inclusion’…. whether this be on an individual level… communities…. countries….
If you don’t carry ALL with you equatably in ‘development’…. even in this shiney new dawn… you get problems
Too many places… people… cut out… and you get ‘schisms’….. which create ‘chasms’…. and the whole thing riddled with holes falls apart….it is everyones problem…. you can’t pretend difficult issues don’ t exist… have gone away….and its no good blaming the people…. look beneath the veneer to root causes of the difficulties
So…. the CRUCIAL factors .. as we are at this cusp of humanity and the planet at large’s future as I see it … are
What are the motivations?
Where is the accountability and to whom?
Some of us are getting tired of the bullshit and want some honesty and transparancy
I am as excited as the next peron about all these brilliant minds coming up with all these ideas and solutions
BUT….. here I am in one of the richest countries in the world… which is in fact just a small island.. .I have worked all my life…. yet cannot afford to shop in mainstream supermarkets… live to a very tight budget to ensure bills are paid…..work ALL hours well beyond those contracted…. and am frustrated as hell at the moment that I only have access to this damned phone with intermittent connection..
This is the UK people…. there are similar areas in the US….and lets not even go there with places like Saudi Arabia, Russia and China…wealthy,powerful nations with similar if not worse divisions
It is NOT some kind of utopia… it is that only selected voices are heard within countries and across the world…and that needs to change
I just hope there is enough folk out there wanting to move in a more positive direction…. STOP PATRONISING US… or even WORSE demonising…we are NOT the idiots you think we are….lets talk the real issues not cute cats in hats…how to look like a clone… and look what a lovely holiday I’m having bungee jumping with the arubi tribe in bongo bongo
Give em all the information ( honestly) then let the arubi tribe speak for themselves they probably have something worth listening to too….its a 2 way thing