We’re Late, We’re Late

Lawrence Krauss and Thomas Pickering with the Doomsday Clock.

PHOTO: Lawrence Krauss and Thomas Pickering reveal that the Doomsday Clock has moved closer to midnight. (Reuters: Jim Bourg)

50,000 fulltime jobs lost in Australia in the last 5 months.  Technology is making human labour obsolete.  We no longer can all work fulltime and the options to date see the casualisation of the workforce.

Our heads are still firmly in the sand over global warming.  We simply refuse to change our wasteful, must have it now and throw it away attitude is ruining the globe upon which we we all stand.

The gap between the haves and the have-nots grows wider with a diminishing middle class in the centre.

Baby boomers have rode the long and glorious wave of materialism and wealth and following generations are the flotsam and jetsam who are forced to live lesser lives.

Corporations have ever increasing power and democracy is fraying markedly at the edges.  With this trend, public services like roads, hospitals dental and mental health care require more and are allocated less.  Taxation is considered an impost rather than a means to provide that which will benefit us all.

People walk around with their attention firmly upon their phone screens so eye contact and real life social engagement shrinks.  Media is on a slippery slope as social media becomes endemic.

Change is no longer evolutionary, it is revolutionary.

So, what is to be done?  Get out of our private spaces, our personal preoccupations, the collective ennui and engage.  Then organize to demand a better deal for more of us.

 

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