Tempus ex machina

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I’m in the middle of writing a post which will be fairly lengthy, and I thought I would write this sort of as a preamble.

We have a problem in the world:  We consider independence to be such an all important thing that we don’t realize that interdependence is the only way to live.  We call our new reality a global community.  Community implies interdependence.  The sooner we realize this, the sooner we won’t have to complain about how we are being oppressed or used for political or economic ends beyond current control.  To believe in true independence means that you are capable of doing anything without the assistance of anybody else.  Sort of like God.  You can feel falsely independent driving your car which you didn’t conceive in your mind, design on paper or on a computer, managed the resources necessary to make it happen, marketed the product and then sold it.

We are all stuck on this planet together.  We can choose to pull out our big sticks and fight till all the weakest (or meekest) are dead, and the aggressors are left to deal with each other.  Or we can choose to make this a place to live that doesn’t require aggression to sustain ourselves beyond a few, or even a few hundred more, generations, until we are extinct and the planet is habited once more by (sub) human species.