Monday, December 5, 2011

what have we become?

We’ve pursued wealth and have become greedy with excess.
We’ve sought power and have become brutish and aggressive.

We’ve chosen to play with shifting goal posts on an uneven playing field.
To our advantage
of course.

Sold our country's soul to the highest bidders.
Ignored common sense in our quest for ‘growth at all costs’
And what a cost it is - living on borrowed time,
But the borrowing will need to be repaid … with interest … soon.

We’ve chosen to ignore wisdom and generosity of spirit.
But Christmas is coming, let’s be jolly and pretend all is well -

South Australia. Open cut coal mines.
photos: D. Abbott.

The Australian Government has voted to sell uranium to India - because we sell it to China. Neither country has signed the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (saying they won't use the uranium for aggressive purposes). 

We're mining black and brown coal and shipping it (mainly to China) to help fill their increasing energy needs. Soon, some of this shipping will be through the fragile, stressed Great Barrier Reef, taking coal-seam gas to China. We don't invest enthusiastically in renewable energy to prepare for the time when the earth has nothing left to give. 

We watch with idle curiosity while some of our Island neighbours watch their homelands get consumed by the rising seas. IMHO we seem to be taking one step forward and many backward.

We used to call ourselves "The Lucky Country" - I wonder when our luck will run out.

What do you think?

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walk2write said...

It's really tough to balance the need for energy and jobs with the preservation of the earth and all its resources. The U.S. economy used to be booming like Australia's until some people here decided they didn't want coal-fired electrical plants or refineries in their back yards anymore, let alone have to look at oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico. I wonder how long foreign investors are going to wait before they cash their chips in and collect on our debt? It'll be interesting to see what they do with the land once we have to forfeit it.

sue said...

w2w, interesting indeed. I think we may be in for some turbulent times ahead.

M Pax said...

My country isn't doing much better. Hope lies in the growing movement to wrest the country back from greed & corporate interests.

sue said...

Mary, it seems that that is what it'll take. There are glimmers of hope but generally corporate greed is rampant.

Spadoman said...

What is sad is that this is the norm all around the globe. It is not just localized in your neck of the woods. I don't know if we'll witness the ramifications, but our children might, and our Grandchildren will for sure.
Yet I know I am part of the problem even though I am aware and do some of the things that need to be done to implement change.
Noel, yes, Peace starts with our own hearts, and so does change. One at a time, a little at a time, then it sopreads. And even if we are too late to make a difference, every step will help.