My Mea Culpa To The Future

Tomorrow's cohort have cause to complain:

we've squandered their birthright (this fragile earth,)

burning resources for personal gain

and left them all this mess. For what it's worth

 

though we've claimed no right nor shown contrition

for leaving their world denuded of life,

with nature in such a raped condition,

stripped-mined by greed at the point of a knife.

 

Too few of us feel overtly concerned,

nor hope their survival won't hurt too hard,

nor try to right the atrocities wrought

 

by those whose scheming this planet has burned

but time's running short though - we fight, ill-starred,

knowing their pardon can't justly be sought.

◄ A Life (1897-1980)

A Few Lines Conceived In Poor Mimickry (A Mere Matter Of Minutes After Concluding A Biography Concerning That Conceited, If Colourful Cove, Coleridge) ►

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Martin Peacock

Wed 22nd May 2019 16:01

We are in a parlous condition at the moment, aren't we? These are nothing if not 'interesting times' for us all. How, or even whether we make it through all this, it will be no thanks to 99% of us alive today. We have a lot to answer for and if only those who will have to suffer for our selfishness and ignorance could demand that explanation, face to face I think we'd all burn with shame as we gave it. It's only because we will never have to account for ourselves to them that we are so slow to act. It's funny, isn't it, that so many of us shout, "what about the children? Who will think of them?" even as we do the very opposite. Rank hypocrisy, I call it.

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M.C. Newberry

Wed 22nd May 2019 15:39

The stark reality is that all things are finite...but at least there is the
awareness that can delay what may have always been inevitable.
It's more a question of time and expectations. Certainly, the
"emerging nations" seek their place in the sun as far as the perceived
benefits of progress are concerned - with India reported to be set on
being wealthier per head than the UK and similar nations in the not
too distant future. How that is compatible with so much poverty and
homelessness in that country has yet to be explained. But at least
there can be no homegrown excuse not to address those problems
while the country comes to terms with its responsibilities towards
the manageable survival of its wild life. Ditto - other such countries.
The end of the world may be nigh - but not just yet.

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Don Matthews

Wed 22nd May 2019 13:16

I sadly agree with Dorothy, Rich and Martin. I know what the cause is - greed, money and me first. As a society we have become infected and while strict laws are not brought in to 'get us under control' it will continue. Seems we have this inbuilt I, Me, My bugger everyone else. It makes me angry..

But.....

Politicians make the laws. Good one Don. But politicians are in bed with developers, big business and money providers.

And so......

The circus goes round, and round, and round......

I rest my case.

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Dorothy Webb

Wed 22nd May 2019 10:59

I agree with Rich.
Extinction means extinction, we can never return to the way things should be -

People who hunt for pleasure justify it as 'natural'
over eating meat is equally justified.

Felling trees without replacing every one of them should be made illegal.

We have become undisciplined and unaware of our esponsibilities, pleasure is king.

So sad.


Dorothy

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Rich

Wed 22nd May 2019 09:33

Hi Martin - I must agree with you. I believe it's already too late. We're living through the anthropogenic catastrophe. All of us must wake up and realise what our species has done, is doing, and will continue to do. For our followers in time, their choices will be severely restricted. We've already done it. Too late now.

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Martin Peacock

Wed 22nd May 2019 07:49

I wish I shared your optimism, M.C., but I fear that we're already too far gone down the road of unenlightened self-interest and wanton (self-)destruction to address any issues in any meaningful way. China alone lays enough concrete every 3yrs to pave over the USA; we are using plastics at too high a rate ever to recycle them all, we lose 3.5% of all insect biomass year-on-year (culminating in total loss in approx. 100yrs' time) and we have lost nearly 60% of all animal life on earth since 1970. And even now, politically we lurch ever farther to the right, with 'populist' politicians the world over either in the grip of climate-change denial or in the pockets of big business and relaxing, not tightening conservation laws. It is my belief that we are singularly failing to address anything.

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M.C. Newberry

Tue 21st May 2019 18:10

Every generation that comes along takes as it finds...literally. We
appear to be following that path BUT with the exception that shows
us aware and ready to act to address the issues that pose difficult
questions for both the present and the future. That provides hope.

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