We must now become aware of a possible sinister force behind the scenes meddling in our government’s affairs. I have only a hunch yet I place much faith in this gut level knowing. This hunch is our starting point. Let us probe the matter with questions and see what we may find in the name of truth.
The ongoing divestment movement seeks to encourage states, cities, universities – essentially any and all large investing institutions – to remove investments from the fossil fuel industry, thereby weakening them and reducing their damage to our planet. States and cities, by virtue of their aim, will naturally oppose the movement a little bit given that they are political, not scientific entities, and they must maintain an immense money pool to manage their duties to the people and economy. However, divesting from fossil fuels is in line with their most prominent aim: safeguarding our people and our lands. And yet states don’t readily agree.
What about universities?
Universities are institutions of higher learning and research aiming to promote the advancement of the species in all possible human spheres. Universities were founded years ago to further and impart our human store of wisdom and knowledge to the people, this is supposed to be the aim of our universities. Are they fully doing this?
Since the prevalent belief among the political leaders of our species is that science and reason reign as our most supreme faculty, does it not follow that they should then be taking the guidance of our scientific centers? And even more so, shouldn’t our universities, imbued with the task of intellectual guidance, be the ones most vehemently driving for complete financial abstention from the fossil fuel industry?
Lets review our current reality.
So then with all of science (those studies that are not backed up by fossil fuel industries) pronouncing that climate change caused by increased CO2 pollution is a true, imminent danger, and all of these warnings coming from universities, why are they not divesting? We base such a giant portion of our daily human living by what science says; the entire globe does, so then why do our political leaders not rush to fix the climate issue?
The most puzzling situation is our universities. That’s where all of the studies are done, they know way more than most of us, they believe in science much more strongly than anyone. and furthermore their endowment is for serving the students and advancing research for the good of society – so how can Harvard administrators possibly turn down the divestment? Firstly they’re scientists – how do they ignore the threat? How do they not care about the planet? Secondly they aim to serve the students – so isn’t the endowment supposed to be for the kids? Then how do you not listen to the demands of the kids you are meant to serve with that money? It is their imperative as servants of truth and knowledge to safeguard us and our homes with their learning and to serve the students, build them up into wise members of society that can go on promoting and advancing knowledge and the good of our society.
BUT THEY ARE NOT DOING ANY OF THAT
It shouldn’t even be the case in the first place that students are the ones rallying for humanity’s better future. Thankfully we are, we are rallying and we will never stop rallying. But I just cannot fathom how universities turn us down… Yes it is complicated to take out enormously huge investments that are part of this mutual fund and that hedge fund and this bit here and there but the request is to take money out from fossil fuels over a FIVE YEAR PERIOD!!! What can be so difficult about deciding OK let’s take out fossil fuel money and calling up all the necessary people and filing the necessary paperwork and all the technicalities that follow that it cannot be done in FIVE YEARS???
And furthermore, investing that money instead in green companies will bring a huge return. US university endowments have about $400 billion all together. Imagine they all took however much of that total amount is currently in fossil fuel companies (most probably a huge majority of it) and invested it instead all in green sustainable companies – there would be incredible returns because putting tremendous amounts of money into a fledgling industry with a sustainable great idea causes tremendous growth. There is only a risk if the investment is into a company or an idea that may not hold much promise for the future – but by definition, by natural truth, investing in the sustainable energy industry will give back sustainable returns. The industry will undoubtedly grow. It isn’t the case that a bold new idea is being proposed and we must make the risky assessment of its practicality and feasibility – no it isn’t that case at all – the green sector of our economy is sitting on a stockpile of the greatest ideas and technologies of our modern times – ideas that are so imperative and crucial to a healthy sustainable future for our planet and our people, a future that will bring balance and harmony to our psychological state of mind, to our atmosphere, lower the risks of medical issues – what the hell why won’t our universities and governments put money into a GREEN INDUSTRY that will actually PAY BACK. Instead it is all going into a burning industry, that seeks to burn us all in a black void of greed and domination.
So back to the university board of trustees. If I was one of them, I’d be all over taking money out of fossil fuel companies and investing in clean sustainable energy. Primarily because that’s the awesome right thing to do. But then my buddies will say, in response to saying let’s invest green for the good of our home, “well yeah but let’s not forget we have a tremendous amount of responsibilities – we can’t afford to be ‘idealistic,’ we’ve got to put money first.” To this, I’d say, “Well OK then, there are studies showing that currently investing in green energy will bring just as much of a return as fossil fuel companies, but if you don’t believe them and want even more of an assurance that these studies and the obvious natural truth staring you in the face, well then if we talk to all other universities, and all of us together invest in the green industry, then the green sector will grow at such an accelerated rate having our combined endowments stimulating their economy and thereby giving us huge returns on our investments, returns that will keep on giving deep into the future way past the point that fossil fuel companies would have killed us all if we continue on the current trajectory. So how about it? We will assure that we have money to do what we need, which by the way is for educating our students and promoting the good of our species, we will also be doing the right things.”
So what will my buddy have left to say?
Money is assured – actually more money is likely assured, and the right thing is being done in accordance with university research, the student’s wishes, and our planet’s safety. Furthermore, they will immensely stimulate the green industry and we will be getting awesome electric cars like the Tesla Roadster that won’t cost $100,000 anymore. Clean energy will be cheap, technology using it will be cheap, our air will be cleaner, our planet will be cleaner, our kids will be healthier, it goes on and on, there is such a natural sense of ahhhh that comes with this dream!
SO WHY DON’T THEY DO IT??!
It’s time to go up to the government level. Same two basic concerns apply – money and safety – and same sketchiness is here too. They need money, yes, but for what? To serve the people, to secure our future, our health, our education. Investing green gives back green, and yet they’re not doing it, same as our universities…instead of serving the people, they both serve the fossil fuel industry…what is going on?
Everyone knows we have to move to clean energy. Bill McKibben’s Rolling Stone article reveals how dire the situation is. We can release about 585 more gigatons of CO2 into the air and still stay under an internationally agreed safety threshold of 2 degrees Celsius before our planet’s inherent feedback systems begin attacking us. Let me say that clearly. A safety threshold has been established internationally. We’ve raised the planet’s temperature by 0.8 degrees. If we raise it above 2 degrees, the planet’s reaction will be unpredictable and deadly. The more fossil fuels we burn, the more we raise the global average temperature. Like our body’s immune system, fighting to kill off harmful pathogens preying on us, the planet has its own feedback system – who knows what will happen. Already tremendous changes have begun and thousands of species have gone extinct with our 0.8 temperature increase. Who knows what happens at 2 degrees?
Good thing is we can release 585 more gigatons of CO2 and still stay under the limit. That’s a lot of fossil fuels we can still keep using. So we don’t have to freeze immediately, stopping all fossil fuel consumption tomorrow, boycotting our cars and throwing it in ditches before the planet blows up.
Thankfully, so thankfully, we are not there yet.
We are still in a grace period. We have enough time to limit our use and switch over to clean energy. 585 gigatons is a lot, we can still burn quite a lot of fuel in our everyday living while we make our transition to clean energy. But our transition must be a full switch. Like the body, the planet will likely heal itself, but we must first remove the pathogen – fossil fuels. We already have existing technology and knowledge for the transition and for further improvements. The world is primed and ready for this vital transition. All that stands in the way is money.
Money must flow from the fossil fuel industries to green sustainable industries.
Can’t government do something about this?
The government was established for the people. The government was established by the people. The government was established to serve the people, the government was established to protect the people.
The people want a green future, a hopeful future.
We want the health and welfare of our children and their children, and the flourishing and liveliness of our planet and our fellow kindred species.
Here are some terrifying numbers from Bill McKibben. The fossil fuel industry currently has about 2,795 gigatons of fossil fuels that they have already figured into their share prices and have begun selling stock based on it. Meaning that they are planning on burning 5 times more than the safe allotment of 585 gigatons…These huge amounts are still underneath the ground, but the act of figuring these numbers into share prices and then selling stocks based on these fuel reserves means that digging these reserves out of their grounds and selling it to be burned into the air and wreck our planet and our lives is on their to do list.
I can’t fathom how though they can go ahead and make these plans despite knowing the devastating consequences … how can they do that?
Does greed and lust for power go so far? Am I naive for even thinking this? On the one hand, I see the good in all people, I see where their anger and hatred stems from pain, from their hearts dismissed and rejected at young or old ages, pain brewing inside, never faced, never released, soon forgotten into murky depths as they turn away from inward pain to outward domination as a form of shallow, fleeting therapy. I do not blame these CEOs of Exxon or Shell, or rich bankers, and corrupt politicians – I see their actions and their base motivations all within me. I see within me all of their darkness, I see within each and every one of us the will and desire for preservation or destruction of Life. We are all mirrors and reflections of one another, and within me lies the seed of their darkness, within me lies the light for their salvation.
Yet on the other hand, as I peer inwards and see the many roads I may take, I choose, I choose by the force of my conscious will, to walk in a direction that will pit the full force of my existence in a pursuit that will lift alongside myself every other bit of life sharing this realm with me. I choose this way by free will. And who knows the dangers I face in this pursuit, who knows how twisted the web of power and corruption really is? I am still just a kid, and I really don’t know much. Perhaps my very life is at stake for speaking these words. Yet I still continue, despite the growing sense of fear within me as I type. I still continue by sheer force of will.
Do we not all have this will, this gift of free will? Do we not choose our path, our lot, and our actions? So then how can there be those who choose what profits solely them at the expense of all other lives? As I look outwards with such love, how can you look at me with such hate, with such disregard that I am alive as you, breathing and feeling, fearing and loving?
But perhaps this choice I make is not fully a free choice; I feel within me a strong inclination to follow this direction at whatever cost. So is it really me making this choice? And there is much in Life that we cannot choose or control.
So though I do not understand this matter fully, the matter of how will and inclinations balance each other, my heart tells me strongly not to hate, not to hate those that are corrupt, that are lost, that are dark, that are mean. My heart tells me to tell you not to hate such villains as Rex Tillerson and his cohorts, and all others that plummet our planet into darkness and pain for sole power and profit.
They have simply lost their Way.
Love will be the force by which we move forward, by which we bring all of humanity upwards to the full majesty of this Life.
But amidst this Love and understanding flares up anger. Anger that will do no violence, anger within a sea of composure but yet agitating the waters to move forwards.
Let us continue our search for Truth.
Our government knows that there are 5 times the safe amount of fossil fuels in the reserves of the companies they have put money into. They know the safety plan, we signed it internationally. We ask for a divestment in 5 years, and this they cannot do. Why?
It comes down to universities and high level government either not wanting to or they somehow cannot. How can universities or governments not want to? Yeah it’s complicated to move all that money around but divestment demands give 5 years. Yes they need strong returns on their investments but we’ve already seen investments in the green sector do and will continue to pay well into the future. Lastly, sadly its the last point while it should be the foremost concern in all matters everywhere, they will be doing the right thing, they will both be fulfilling their function as they were originally designed to do so, serving and protecting people. So how could they not want to?
I can’t believe Harvard’s or other university board of trustees are evil, sitting there plotting our doom. It just doesn’t add up. We humans like to be nice and do what is right, it makes us feel good. We have a conscience. But I can believe that they are cowards. And similarly in Congress – the public can unanimously favor one direction and yet nothing happens in Congress as Republicans and Democrats put on a puppet show of a debate.
Literally nothing important happens through Congress… isn’t that weird? They do not fulfill their function whatsoever, little bills come out here and there as placation, but for the most part nothing actually gets done… and meanwhile they get richer and richer.
Maybe before most of these officials, politicians, and board members go into their meetings, their balls are being squeezed, and threats are whispered in their ear. Maybe their hands are tied, that it isn’t that they don’t want to do it but that they actually cannot.
And I shouldn’t call them cowards. I do not know them, I do not know their story, so how can I judge? Who knows how sinister the power play is at these corrupted influential posts? Perhaps most of them started with pure intentions of service, got up to high ranking positions, and found themselves one day wound tightly by a snake, the same snake that helped them up there.
But that stills leaves a greedy few that are squeezing all the balls and whispering all the threats. There are snakes with power and money. But we don’t yet know where they are.
But wherever they are, they are standing in our way.
The way forward for humanity is painfully simple. There are two opposing industries – fossil fuels and clean energy. One hurts us and the other helps us. Our governments and universities have a lot of money – whichever industry gets the most money gets bigger, grows, and will give back the most money.
Yet whats happening is that a vast majority of the money is in and keeps going to the industry that is slowly killing us, so they get bigger, and hence give large returns and take even more money to grow and so on and so on until what end, until we die?
I’ve always actively avoided listening to far flung conspiracy theories. It seems to always have an unhealthy, impure strain, as if they are trying to convince me of something, instead of taking me on a search towards Truth, and I get the sense that my agreeing will somehow validate them. Truth need never be validated, Truth is never a personal possession. Although the initial questions that are raised are always pointing to something unsettling, their conclusions can take off to anywhere. Perhaps they begin with true and profound premises but then their thinking may get hijacked by paranoia when they ponder how far people in power will go to subjugate and manipulate. To have such exorbitant doubt of humanity renders one incapable of healthy living, and prone to self inflicted isolation.
But in our growing sketchiness these days, we must learn certain noble attributes from conspiracy theorists, and never lose them. They display a willingness to question, to never be easily fooled or deluded, they seek to ascertain truth wherever it may be cloudy, whether the mist be deliberate or not. They are not afraid to think outside the box, to question the norms of convention, to question the information constantly fed to us through the media, and most honorably, they are not afraid to voice their differing opinions.
But let us go one step further to transcend fear, place our hearts vulnerably in the hands of fellow humanity, and thus be sure that fear does not violate our search for Truth.
Now, I must also say that I do not mean to attack or discount anyone who entertains conspiracy theories. If I am wrong in what has just been said, please forgive for I judge only so that I may better adhere to Truth. What I say stems from personal experiences, which are few in years. Our differences are merely in how far you and I are willing to accept that people in power will go to subjugate and manipulate the masses. Perhaps I am misled by a certain young naivety and have yet to see first hand the horrors and evil capable by fellow beings. I intend only, purely and precisely, only to emphasize that searching for Truth in a time where we can no longer trust that our government is indeed serving us, or even has any power anymore, we absolutely must avoid fearful, paranoid thinking.
Perhaps in time, I will come to meet you at your conclusions. I do not discount the validity of any theories, for the truth is that I do not know, I only warn against fearful thinking.
Fear takes our minds away from what is. Only truth will lead us out of this mess, and a tranquil mind sees best.
We must take care to never let fear guide our thinking and actions. Investigations should be clear minded. And also, avoid isolation. We are a communal social species by design, we garner truths implicitly through healthy relationships. We must come together in our homes and friendships.
And for our generation, in our modern times, the willingness and daring to question everything is a growing necessity. Our sense of sketchiness is alarming these days. Why are the rich getting so damn rich? What’s with all these bailouts for the banks and corporations that were apparently the ones that started it all? What’s with the whole climate issue? There is a unanimous voice clamoring for a unified direction and the government is not hell bent on it – but we should be though, all of our studies and common intuition shows how much we’re hurting the planet. Man, what is going on?
But don’t be too alarmed. Let us raise our awareness and fully know our reality. There is no doomsday upon us, the grass is still green, trees wave in the wind, and children still laugh every morning we wake up. Down here among the common people, in the heart of our species, we still laugh and enjoy one another.
But there is indeed a sinister force caught up in our politics.
Are governments and universities caught in a tug of war? On the one side is us, the people, wanting a cleaner, healthier future, and from the other side likely pulls fossil fuel companies and big corporations. I fear it literally has become true that corporations are running our government. But let’s try to be surer with a simple thought experiment.
Consider there is no tug of war. Instead it is a pyramid, the way it should be. Government on top, us on the bottom, and fossil fuel and clean energy in the middle. Government’s purpose – stimulate economy and help people, keep things running smooth and healthy. First industry killing us. Boom easy solution for government – take money out, put into second industry. Clean energy grows, gives back returns, and improves our lives with clean technology. People are happy. Fossil fuel companies go away. And the world is saved. So simple, so easy, the way it is supposed to be happening.
But this isn’t happening. So the pyramid must unfortunately be false.
Let’s go back to the tug of war and see how this matches up to reality. Clean energy weak on the side with no money. We want a clean energy future and so we pull on the government for it. They are supposed to serve us, help us, as they are one of us, being just people after all. Yet they’re not helping us. So then it follows simply that there must be some force pulling on them. It cannot be that the hundreds or a thousand however many human beings like you and I make up the government are all greedy, corrupted, and selfish to such a murderous degree. It can only be a minority pulling the strings, holding the balls of all the rest. It must be so! Thus our search takes us here. We place the snakes as likely being few in number in the government and mostly concentrated outside of the government as heads of fossil fuel industries and other large corporations as well, I’m sure. We here have only focused on fossil fuel companies because it is a dire planetary health issue.
The effort so far can be summed succinctly as we no longer have a government serving us. If they were indeed serving us, then how do they not shut down an industry that is profiting off of ruining the planet, killing millions of species, and endangering all of our lives? They’ve completely gone off the deep end, their political campaigns costing them fortunes only corporations can fund, thereby slowly putting them in the pockets of the ultra rich and now they find themselves completely bought out and bullied by fossil fuel companies and unable to help the middle and lower class Americans. Now they only serve the rich, and themselves, they only serve those with money, and host puppet shows on TV as placation. The United States Government, the most powerful nation in the world, has been completely bought out. There no longer is a government. The truth becomes much clearer now, and more examples quickly surface. Being the most powerful political entity in the world right now, can we really believe that if our government, our President, wanted to fully stand against fossil fuel companies that they would have a chance?
It’s a sad story now. The hunch is abundantly clear. The US government that was established by the righteous and farsighted Constitution is no longer valid. The system of checks and balances has been bought out from the top up. We are in a tug of war. High level governments and universities are helplessly caught in the middle, caught in a web, indebted by favors. So they’re not even in the middle. In our tug of war analogy they’ve been pulled very far to the other side. We’re losing right now, we’re losing the war. So we must pull harder by directly weakening the fossil fuel industries and other corporations. And then perhaps the government will be free to do their job and help us, if they haven’t already completely deserted us in corruption. I hope not. I don’t think so, I believe in the heart of humanity, we are true hearted people deep inside. When the fossil fuel industry’s power begins to wane, I think those virtuous in the government will have more of a voice, will find courage within themselves, and rise up for true justice.
We must help them.
It is up to us, the people. Our divestment movement must change its focus. We must continue to keep pressure on universities and governments but recognize that real power is in the people, we are the focal point. The majority of our efforts must be focused at the local level, at ground zero. Local governments (towns, villages, counties) are not yet caught in the web of corruption. Schools, too, local schools – down here on the ground humanity is still pure, has a strong beating heart, and sees beauty in Life. Let us observe the virtue in ourselves and each other. We must stay grounded and not seek higher levels of power and influence where the web may snare us.
Remember that governments and institutions have been bought out from the top up. Lower levels are still true to their functions.
And the lowest level, the ground of the Earth, at the common level of mankind is the real root of all power and the seat of all Truth.
We the people have the ultimate power. It has been the case throughout history and it is the case in this very moment. Our neighborhoods, our highways, our malls, the mass of people in all these places hold such a vast powerful potential energy. And now we must awaken to set things right in our world.
First and foremost, we must weaken the fossil fuel industry by reducing personal fossil fuel consumption. Currently, we have about 313 million people in the United States. If 300 million of us reduced our gas consumption by $500 in a year, that’s $150 billion for the fossil fuel industry… Saving $500 a year on gas is about $10 a week! If you can’t hit $10, how about $5 a week? Save just five bucks a week and if we all do that TOGETHER then that’s still about $75 billion dollars!
Damn. Talk about power of the people. And imagine, just imagine if this initiative to reduce personal fuel consumption spread among the masses of the entire globe….
Can you feel the truth of our power deep in your body? The energy latent within us, that power within us to change, to cause effects, vast effects on a global level. Whenever the masses have come together in history, game over.
Secondly, we must remember it isn’t only fossil fuel companies winding its tentacles through the government. Corporations are as well. The Constitution was written to keep the government in check within itself, but not to fend off a power more powerful than the government. Other corporations, such as the fashion industry, and others that I’m sure we’re all well aware of, are likewise sinking power hungry claws into Congress halls.
So then secondly, if each of us reduces our consumption of unnecessary technological upgrades, like getting the Iphone 5 when a 4S or even a 4 makes no difference but a perceived social image, or buying new unnecessary clothes, new jeans, new shoes, new shirts, and dresses and whatnot for no good reason other than just to have something new, if each of reduces our unnecessary material consumption, as a general whole in any way, by about $500 a year, then boom that’s $150 billion of power.
Pick an industry, any industry, and together as a mass save money against it and we have the power to blow a cannon shot into their plans.
Of course, the economy takes the hit as well… People lose jobs. So we must know when to make the blow, if we ever even need to, only a dire situation will require such an action. Perhaps communal happiness will improve soon, as a growing wave of self and green awareness is spreading through our planet, but let us realize for a potential moment of necessity that in a consumer based economy, with corporations getting more and more powerful, as they grow, so do we. The richer they get, the more dependent they become on us.
We have them by the balls, we always do.
These industries serve us. We are their masters, we are their source of power.
And the highest call of power is that of Love. As Uncle Ben said to Spidey, with great power truly does come great responsibility.
Let us be the people of history that act as One under the guidance of love emanating from our hearts for all of Life. We see no enemies, we have no enemies but our own hatred and misunderstandings. We do not move against any humans, even those that seek to exploit and hurt us, we move together as one, as humanity, for a sustainable future, for the moment in history that our species awakens to the full miracle of our given existence. Our true imperative is to awaken and see Life fully for the bright, glistening orb of joy, sadness, sorrow, and triumph that it is. This orb is one of pure beauty, one that will make you cry, laugh, cringe, and thrum with joy.
Only then will we assure that our actions will not ripple through the future and damage those whom we love. Anger damages whom we love. Fear cripples our mind’s sight. Hate dries our hearts. And our actions will then falls short of True Action.
We will act purely, guided by the sight of a tranquil mind, and the all encompassing understanding of a compassionate heart.
For now, let us concentrate on the imperative, which is self cultivation and the weakening of the fossil fuel industry.
We must drastically reduce fossil fuel consumption in every way possible. Go out and buy bikes, exercise makes us and our planet healthier, improves our relationships, and our courage.
Carpool, interact with more friends, roll together and carpool! Walk, skate, run, prefer hybrid cars, don’t buy gas guzzlers, see the folly of big ass tanks driving to the grocery store. There are countless ways – brainstorm together, come together, and let us drastically reduce the power of the fossil fuel industries.
Alongside this outward movement against an industry, we must move more thoroughly inwards. Our greatest fight lies within us as we strive endlessly to better ourselves, to cultivate happiness independent of material goods, to cultivate contentment, patience, compassion, to better our relationships, to improve our physical and emotional health, to master Life.
Thus self-mastery is our true fight. There is no beauty in saving a planet if we cannot be happy and blissful to enjoy it.
The movement begins in us
and ripples outwards