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First posted almost a year ago it’s very probable that little has changed in the thinking of the majority of people alive today. Many won’t be in a place where they could consider the question and many will not have had the education to question their existence and what it is doing to the planet’s systems.
1st April 2021
My ninth post of what many individuals have in their “I” view of the world. So here’s a thing for example of the way we as individuals think. If you have owned a car, got stuck in traffic jams and complained about the cost of fuel then you would probably consider all those things normal in your modern life, in this decade or century and your location on the planet and your financial status. Think though none of that or your way of thinking would have been normal in say 1900 and neither will it be at least potentially in the year 2150.
Why’s that? Our descendants, assuming we don’t become extinct before that year and remember there’s always the mathematical possibility that we will so please don’t scoff, would hopefully be more enlightened than we are and some of our ancestors have been. They would consider the driving around and intentionally polluting the lungs of other humans and filling the environment with microplastic pollution something of a horror story. We know that we need to change drastically in so many ways but there are 7,800,000,000 of us human primates currently alive today and many are in the “I” is normal mode of thinking. So what would an enlightened “I” think this is normal look like? It would be considered normal to live in a clean and safe town and city environment where most of the things that “I” require are within 15 minutes of walking or cycling. This is already starting to happen but we are a long way from converting everyone. Paris is making huge strides through the efforts of Anne Hidalgo and Carlos Moreno. So the question is do you care how our descendants see us? For many “I”s they probably just don’t care. https://www.ted.com/talks/carlos_moreno_the_15_minute_city?utm_source=newsletter_daily&utm_campaign=daily&utm_medium=email&utm_content=button__2021-01-25#t-459254
Bees and other pollinators are under threat. Teach the younger generation to look after them in this bee friendly and well received story. One of the things that bees are suffering from is pesticide use. Pesticides kill bees as well as others that are considered as pests.
I have just had some teachers from a school that has its own bee project tell me how they thought Busy Bee and the Silent Spring was a wonderful book for children and educating them. How do I get that out to a wider audience?
As individuals we are, depending on what sort of society we live in, or where in that society we live, able to live a life of equality and of treating others with respect and equality. If you are in this position then maybe you are one of the few rather than the majority. The 2020 United Nations Development Program report into gender inequality makes some interesting and in some ways shocking reading.
In summary its study covered 75 countries that represented 80 percent of the global population and its Gender Social Norms Index (GSNI) measures how social beliefs obstruct gender equality in fields such as work, education and politics.
90 percent of men and women hold some sort of bias against women
Around 50 percent of men and women thought that men make better politicians (was this study really carried out after Trump and Johnson were elected?)
Over 40 percent felt that men made better business leaders and had more right to work if work was scarce
Most shocking was that 28 percent thought that it was justified if a man beat his wife (yes we are in the year 2020 and not 1620)