by MuHammad Nejmi
IT Is tough to perceive that as often as not there is more going on than meets the eye.
THE Following link gives you opportunity to hear and meditate on a rational argument about decision-making in the face of an apparent pattern of global average temperature-increases. When you have listened to the material, we will then adduce some additional points for further thought:
WHAT We face as a social species is the problem of how best to allow objective (sic) data to play a proper part in political decision-making.
Because of our social, not to say gabby, nature, virtually everything is political, including “the objective.”
Therefore, a great deal of individual self-knowledge is necessary before one validly can begin to express an opinion about future activity. I want you to note that the speaker in the above video was both very clear about his personal (temperamental) preference about what should be done — and, he also allowed room for what the Japanese call sometimes “aesthetic drift.”
He did this in his call to pass on the information, thus acknowledging implicitly that while we here are confronting a logical “black box,” still the very process — the action, note this well — of disseminating the information further and generating more thought and discussion itself will condition outcomes.
Indeed, if the desired effect is to happen from this operation (and a host of others like it, on the topic of “global warming”), then it will of course occur to a critical number of persons that the four-fold logical “black box” is in practical fact not an adequate matrix, and that much more experience is needed by our species in the development of necessary supplemental imaginal faculties — indeed, it can be said that the very process of muddling up this latest “challenge” to our “future existence” and making the “wrong” decision(s) very possibly in long retrospect can be perceived as a necessary and inescapable part of the evolutionary tale, of our growth away from this inadequate human stage of being.
As to “the Apocalypse” and the end of the World, it is the fate of men to be creatures of imagination….
Us Muslims talk about this stuff every Friday in the Mosque, with the weekly reading of the 18th chapter of our holy Quran. We’ve been yelling about the “end of the World” ever since long before there were scientists and thermometers and global warming, or for that matter “Zionists” and “President Bush.”
In that last fact itself, as in the above video-link, is some real food for thought, and a wonderful opportunity first of all to observe the panicky role of fear in the lives and plotting of every generation.
To set fear aside with some few comforting words, and fear’s nearsighted shortterm schemes, that alone is the straight way out of this obviously-doomed state of existence and onto the next thing:
IT Is the subjective process in a host of brains and minds, of receiving and brooding over information that is the royal road to “really” objective and accurate decision-making.
[Emmett R Smith
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[24 June 2007]