As a species, we are facing challenges never before experienced by human beings.
Generally, we don’t talk about them. Most if us are too busy simply getting through the day.
This is an opportunity to learn more about these challenges, and possible responses, and to discuss these things.
Discussing them is important because while we all all ignorant, we are ignorant about different things. By discussing the things that concern us we increase our understanding, and the possibility that we will be able to find or develop positive responses.
Some of the challenges we face about which we are grossly ignorant are: population; the impending end of cheap energy; economies based on the fatally flawed principle of unending growth; gross mal-distribution of wealth and access to resources; the privatization of military forces, prisons, law enforcement, and traditionally public utilities; and the increasing control of governments by corporations whose economic activity exceeds that of most nations.
We can positively address these challenges, but not with the level of ignorance about these matters that marks public discourse today.
If we are to meet these challenges, we need to increase understanding in ourselves and our neighbors, and lead our governmental representatives into a future that is reasoned, equitable, possible and sustainable.
We need to talk, to discuss, to disagree, to learn, to lessen our ignorance, and to come to common understanding. And we need to do it in a civil manner.
I invite you to join in this public discussion.