Wednesday, 8 March 2017

It's worse than I thought

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I knew that Fukushima was bad. I had heard that about 400 tons of radioactive water has been leaking into the Pacific Ocean every day since the Fukushima disaster in 2011, but due to the complete lack of media coverage I had no idea of how bad it is. Out of sight, out of mind.

It turns out that it's worse than I thought, a lot worse. It is not remotely fixable by the human race on this planet at this time. We don't have the technology or even anything like a full understanding of what we have unleashed on our biosphere. If nothing changes the pollution will circulate all over the globe and the oceans of this planet will become radioactive dead zones with nothing left alive apart from maybe a few mutants.

Goodbye fishing industries, goodbye the sea as a food source. And that's only the start. If the oceans of the world become polluted by radioactivity we have no idea at all about the impact that this will have on the planet as a whole and how this will affect our prospects for survival. Apart from the fact that it won't be good.

Water evaporating from radioactive oceans will be radioactive too, so the clouds and rain from the clouds will also be radioactive which will make the ground, anything growing on it, and anything eating what grows on it more radioactive.

In other words we have started something which is in the process of completely fucking up the whole cycle of planetary life. Why, you may ask, aren't we hearing about this through our news media? After all we have 24 hour news, social media, print media etc. etc. etc. why the silence?

Maybe, just maybe, the powers that be, the ones who control every aspect of our lives, where and how we travel, what we read, watch and listen to, maybe they don't have a clue how to deal with this.

Maybe, just maybe, if word started spreading about this, people would start asking the wrong kind of questions, like what the hell are we giving you a good chunk of our income in the form of taxes for if you can't keep us safe?

That was the deal, wasn't it, we pay taxes to live in a civilised society, with police and armies to keep us safe against bad stuff, and scientists showing the way to the sunny uplands of a glorious future? We surrender our liberties, privacy and freedom of movement so that we can be kept safe from evil-doers by our leaders who are so much wiser than us?

Maybe they aren't any wiser than we are. Maybe they are so psychologically deformed by greed and lust for power that they are not fit to be put in charge of a public toilet, never mind a nation. After all, if your average citizen was told about how dangerous nuclear energy was, and how much it would cost to deal with the waste, and how long the waste would remain dangerous, it is very unlikely that he/she would have given nuclear power the go-ahead in the first place.

So here we are, approaching the final stages of the Sixth extinction without any idea about how to deal with it. None of the pillars of our society, law, politics, science, education, industry or the military have a clue, apart from when it comes to finding ways of protecting themselves while the rest of us die off. And using our money in the form of tax revenues to do so. Instead they seem to be studiously avoiding the question and hoping that nobody is noticing.

However, just because we at our current level of consciousness don't have the solutions for dealing with this, doesn't mean that those solutions don't exist. It's just that we don't have access to them yet.

Einstein said “Problems cannot be solved with the same mind set that created them.” What this means for us is that our only chance of survival is to escape from the confines of our current view of who and what we are, our place in the world and our responsibility towards it.

It is encouraging that people are waking up, but whether there are enough of these to counter the dead weight of the billions who can't be arsed to find out the most basic things about how things actually work in our so-called civilisation is another matter.