Saturday, 29 June 2013

the kind of world this is

Hundreds of millions are still starving in a world that could feed us all.

Millions are dying of preventable diseases, in a world that has medicines and the know-how to treat their illnesses.

Hundreds of millions of people, whose skills and labour could be a benefit to society, are idle because it is not profitable to employ them.


Wars rage in 30 countries, with more and bigger wars prophesied for the future – over oil and water and other diminishing resources.

Hundreds of billions of dollars are being spent on ever more ingenious methods of taking life and thousands of the best scientific minds are involved in this "business".

In a world of potential abundance, in a world in which we have the means to provide every human on the planet with a comfortable standard of living, the above takes place. How sad and obscene. How hollow the word "civilisation" sounds in Capitalism.


Homelessness, poverty, unnecessary deaths, war, stress, want, fear and insecurity. All this we can safely predict. This is a certainty. For this, regardless of what the apologists for capitalism would have you believe, is the legacy of Capitalism in the 21st century.

The real challenge of the 21st century, however, still stands before us - to create a society where the happiness and good of one is the condition of the happiness and good of all.


We have the resources, both human and material, to achieve this. What we do not have is the will or understanding.

As a well known thinker once said, the philosophers have merely interpreted the world; the real task is to change it. And may it speed the day.

      
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3 comments:

Chris H said...

I would suggest a slight change:

"The real challenge of the 21st century, however, still stands before us - to create a society where the happiness and good of one is the condition of the happiness and good of all regardless and in spite of corporate interests or influences."

As a society, nation, and world we have placed the power of change into the hands of corporate interest. Unless their desire for profit is met there will be no change.

The question becomes as to how we can take off the shackles of corporate interest.

Bill Morris said...
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sometimesantisocialalwaysantifascist said...

I too feel sickened at the word "civilisation" under capitalism. It has no meaning.

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