Angrier and Angrier

Why aren’t more people getting really, really angry about situations like this and this and this?
And why aren’t all Americans as angry as I am about this country and its leadership. The Ticking Bomb, an article by anthropoligist Wade Davis that appears in The Globe and Mail, pretty much provides the best of my reasons. Thanks to b!X for most of the above links. These are some angering excerpts from The Ticking Bomb:
A nation born in isolation cannot be expected to be troubled by the election of a President who has rarely been abroad, or a Congress in which 25 per cent of members do not hold passports. Wealth too can be blinding. Each year, Americans spend as much on lawn maintenance as the government of India collects in federal tax revenue. The 30 million African-Americans collectively control more wealth than the 30 million Canadians.
A country that effortlessly supports a defence budget larger than the entire economy of Australia does not easily grasp the reality of a world in which 1.3 billion people get by on less than $1 a day. A new and original culture that celebrates the individual at the expense of family and community — a stunning innovation in human affairs, the sociological equivalent of the splitting of the atom — has difficulty understanding that in most of the world the community still prevails, for the destiny of the individual remains inextricably linked to the fate of the collective
The Western model of development has failed in the Middle East and elsewhere in good measure because it has been based on the false promise that people who follow its prescriptive dictates will in time achieve the material prosperity enjoyed by a handful of nations of the West. Even were this possible, it is not at all clear that it would be desirable. To raise consumption of energy and materials throughout the world to Western levels, given current population projections, would require the resources of four planet Earths by the year 2100. To do so with the one world we have would imply so severely compromising the biosphere that the Earth would be unrecognizable.
True peace and security for the 21st century will only come about when we find a way to address the underlying issues of disparity, dislocation and dispossession that have provoked the madness of our age. What we desperately need is a global acknowledgment of the fact that no people and no nation can truly prosper unless the bounty of our collective ingenuity and opportunities are available and accessible to all.
We must aspire to create a new international spirit of pluralism, a true global democracy in which unique cultures, large and small, are allowed the right to exist, even as we learn and live together, enriched by the deepest reaches of our imaginings. We need a global declaration of interdependence. In the wake of Sept. 11 this is not idle or na

4 thoughts on “Angrier and Angrier

  1. Head in the sand; “I’ve got mine;” “I’m just one person, I’m sure my SUV doesn’t make that much difference;” “They must have brought it on themselves,” etc., ad nauseum.

  2. I think people spend so much time working the job/jobs to make the money to buy the stuff (lawn stuff, etc.) that the media convinces them that must have to me happy, that they become exhausted. They want to tune out with social Darwinism, watching

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