compassion, collaboration & cooperation iN transistion
HAS ALWAYS BEEN the founding principle of Google’s seven-point code of conduct. BUT Google may now have to prove that its famous ethos is intact, even when tested to destruction by the bureaucrats of the European Community, following their latest decision to organise an appropriate response in the form of a European Commission anti-trust investigation.
As far as the REALLY BIG GLOBAL PICTURE goes, however, it is increasingly apparent that IT IS going to GET WORSE before it GETS WORSE, because the collective mind-set of the global community IS BEING LED by those that continue to DO THE WRONG THINGS for THE WRONG REASONS, invariably from the standpoint of self-interested arrogance and greed as well as a disconnect between the factual realities of a diversity of situations and the adopted OLD ORDER MODELS to deal with those situations.
applied to almost ALL codes of conduct, as well as my own set of values
but I want to now address it’s relevance in the context of …
1. The Economics Community and the peoples’ request of our new masters of the globe, to consider the need for creating a new global model of caring economics. NEW masters of the globe who surprise surprise, now doubt that the global economy is actually out of recession and that there exists a distinct possibility of a double dip or even triple dip recession looming large. A situation which is hardly surprising when one considers that the old order model of the global economy STILL rules OK, is absolutely dependent on growth, whatever the consequences, and is underpinned by an acceptance of completely outdated economic theories.
2. The Scientific Community and their reliance on computer modelling which has until very recently been entirely based on collective theories which reflect THEIR DENIAL of a living planet; when IN FACT, more than any other thing, WE HAVE to SEE IT as IT REALLY IS because the lives of our species as well as every other species on this planet are WHOLLY DEPENDENT upon the living Earth. THIS way of thinking makes clear that we have no special human rights; we are merely one of the partner species in THE great enterprise which IS GAIA.
3. The Religious Communities of the globe, which ALL preach that “THEIR GOD” IS the ONLY interpretation of the spirituality of our entire species and who all adhere to their own self-interested arrogance and “greedy mindset” in protection of old order status quo models which are rooted in a non-evolutionary don’t rock the boat mentality; OR their critics who can't see that secular atheism is a religion IT SELF. The only exception to this rule being the Dalai Lama who tore up the 1000 year rule book and sought to dedicate his life to a better global understanding of the interdependence of religious spirituality, scientific truth and the mutually beneficial
politics of an entirely new global model of caring economics.
4. The Political Community and THE moral dimension to leadership which President Obama has attempted to establish, as a core principle of bi-partisan mutual benefit for ALL the peoples of the USA, which has already floundered on rocky shores. Equally the democratic ramifications of the Lisbon Treaty and the "staight-jacket" of European Monetary Union is stretching the patience and pockets of the peoples of Europe to the extreme; so no wonder the kind of ourburst, supposedly in the name of ALL the people of Britain gets aired in Brussels; whilst the political systems of both India and China remain rooted in the status quo of “class and caste war”. ANY wonder then that the people here in Britain DO despair as to who at ALL to vote for as our representatives; in what has now been revealed as a predominately elitist, conniving and corrupt establishment, which lacks ANY semblance of integrity whatsoever ...
A SPECTACULAR failure of political leadership - INDEED! and somewhat disturbing in the context of James Lovelock's prediction that the British Isles is likely to be one of the only surviving maritime nations which will still be able to grow food.
Perhaps NOW IS THE TIME for us to investigate further, as Albert has suggested ...
The Curious Case of Being British in the form of a challenge to the CHE-UK
and at first consider Leonardo da Vinci's statement that "ALL [IS] in NATURE & ME/WE are a CIRCUMSTANCE of NATURE in no different a manner than the humble snowflake, which has today been highlighted by Colin Schultz in todays Smithsonian Magazine, entitled...
WE could NOT SURVIVE for an instant on a dead planet like Mars, and we need to understand the difference.
IF we fail to take our planet seriously we will be like children who take their homes for granted and NEVER DOUBT that breakfast starts the day; we will NOT notice as we enjoy our daily lives that the cost of neglect could soon cause the greatest tragedy in the memory of humankind.
The Earth, in its but NOT our interests, may be forced to move to a hot epoch, one where IT can
survive, although in a diminished and less habitable state. IF, as is likely, this happens, we will have been the cause.
MOST of all I am pessimistic because business and governments both appear to be accepting uncritically a belief that climate change is easily and profitably reversible.
WE ARE creatures of [Darwinian] evolution (THE best way to understand Gaia IS THAT it proposes a new context for evolution), a transient species with a limited lifespan, as were all our numerous distant ancestors. BUT, unlike almost everything before we emerged on this planet, we are also intelligent social animals with the possibility of evolving to become a wiser and more intelligent animal, one that might have a greater potential as a partner for the rest of life on Earth.
In conclusion I strongly recommend that you read this short and very readable book. It’s message is a hard one, but it is better to be informed than ignorant, and by some miracle humanity may even wake up to the severity of the problem and take real measures (including dramatic restrictions on human reproduction and the conversion of the population to a vegetarian diet) which will take pressure off GAIA.
us find our way, in this cosmic soup of choices and beauty."
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