Bailouts, energy crises, civil wars, global warming, the climate crisis, the Euro crisis: when you take a step back and look at the big picture of what is going on in the world it can sometimes seem pretty grim. “ Fatalism ” is becoming an epidemic, that to a greater or lesser extent it is slowly infiltrating the minds of the majority of us.
So what is the impact of this creeping fatalism? We become complacent. We complain but we see no point of action. We don’t see the possibility of change, and we certainly don’t expect ourselves to be the drivers of that change…that would be impossible!
So what CAN be done to reverse this impeding sense of doom and inefficacy? The answer lies in developing an essential leadership characteristic: the capacity to make people believe they can change their future and that it is possible to alter the reality of today’s society, thus the importance of breaking the cycle of fatalism.
Quoted: “And yet, and yet… Denying temporal succession, denying the self, denying the astronomical universe, are apparent desperations and secret consolations. Our destiny … is not frightful by being unreal; it is frightful because it is irreversible and iron-clad. Time is the substance I am made of. Time is a river which sweeps me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger which destroys me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire which consumes me, but I am the fire. The world, unfortunately, is real; I, unfortunately, am Borges.”
― Jorge Luis Borges
I drink, eat, bake, smoke and massage IT…
Because it’s the only thing which boost my immune system during lupus SLE flare times, cures my partial paralysis due to transverse myelitis during flare times, gets my whole blood count to normal, doesn’t piss off my organs…
I’m addicted to IT, as for the past two years now i’m doing great off the 23 big pharma drugs (oral pills, IV drug administration and injections) , for the past 2 years i haven’t gone for blood transfusion as i used to (every 2 weeks in a month), spine, joint and muscular inflammation highly under control, for the past 2 years haven’t had to go for long hospitalisation…
Despite having to deal with two autoimmune disorders ( lupus SLE type and transverse myelitis ) where my immune system is in constant war with itself, cannot offer protection against banal and common infections and affecting gradually each and every of my organs, i feel, live and lead an almost normal life….
In short CANNABIS is my saviour…
If Methadone ( misused as recreational drug ) is the cure to drug addicts, Xanax ( addictive drug ) the cure for anxiety and panic disorders, Opioids including morphine ( narcotic pain medication derived from opium (illegal drug), resin of the opium poppy ) is the cure for acute pain and legal in the Mauritian medical practice… Why is cannabinoids ( found naturally in human metabolism, breast milk and cannabis ) still regarded as illegal in Mauritius and many other countries ?
Well, like it or not… I don’t need advice on this matter from a cigarette smoker, a social or heavy drinker, a big pharma lover and seriously no one coming from an empty barrel.
Stop the hypocrisy..if you don’t need it, I DO and so do some.
Stop being egoistic…if you don’t need a choice, I DO and so do some.
Like it or not…I’M A CANNABIS LOVER…
The then and only terrorists are those foreign governments along with their military forces poking noses into other nation business.
The atrocities not render public are those committed by so called peace maintaining countries.
Let’s be honest, who are those governments who follow all human right standards? UK / US engaging in racist killing and barbaric torture of foreign prisoners?, China/ Korea where right to information is fully controlled?, India where corruption is in all areas? , Israel where killing of innocent Palestinian is a fun game?, Saudi Arabia who wins it all for the most disgusting in regards to human rights respect, Japan, France the puppet of all false flag, Russia, and so on?
Are those baboon governments who gonna stand up for your human rights by overthrowing governments around this globe while they terribly fail to have their citizens rights respected?
Here we go again Mauritius and Saudi Arabia shit!
Several international press articles claiming that Mauritius is amongst the participating nations in a massive military exercise launched by Saudi Arabia.
Evidence is clear that Saudi Arabia and the U.S. are NOT fighting for peace…Invading Syria and claiming in the name of ‘ Peace shit’ to get rid of the Syrian president Assad and its legitimate government, destroying the hope of people to have their own state and overthrowing a sovereign nation and intentionally starting WWIII to cover up the inevitable economic collapse. This is Evil !
Showkutally Soodhun who claims to share special ties with Saudi Arabia, can you please answer since when Mauritius, ofer service militer pou bann zafer parey? Bizin koz kreol pou pa gagne honte pou dir ki kan ena dezord dan pei nou soi dizan militer kil parade e.g intervensiyion service de force dan Cité Bois-Marchand.
Who was consulted before such claims came public or should I say international as we hear no such things from our local press?
Mauritius has nothing to do with massive military exercise, dubbed North Thunder. Mauritius has always been, is and will continue to be a peaceful island where peace is practice not fought!
We don’t want to get caught in a dirty war which has got nothing to do with Mauritius or our national security.
We have seen the dreadful results of the civil wars in other countries and Mauritius is not to engage itself in dirty acts! THANK YOU !
Let’s not forget as well that it was the Obama administration that ordered the arming of the so called Syrian “rebels” who then became ISIS and subsequently started the Syrian refugee crisis !
If only it was a matter of changing profile pictures/display pictures then it would have been every year, month, day, hour, minute and second for the unjustified and on going wars, millions of unfair deaths and billions of destroyed lives in the name of hippocratic and warmongers governments!
(FRANCE, AMERICA (No1 warmongers and hypocrites) Russia, China and India, the weapons industry owners should be the first to be charged for terrorism and world crimes not your neighbours!
Just stop the drama of being blind followers, THIS IS NOT A MATTER OF ONLY PARIS ATTACK! Every life counts, Every nation matters, Every citizen has the right for a peaceful and life free from terror ! ALL LIVES MATTERS NOT JUST ONLY YOURS!
My thoughts are offensive to you, SO IS THE VERY TRUTH!
An existential catastrophe would obliterate or severely limit the existence of all future humanity. An existential catastrophe is one which extinguishes Earth-originating intelligent life or permanently destroys a substantial part of its potential. As such it must be considered a harm of unfathomable magnitude, far beyond tragedy affecting those alive at the time. Because such risks jeopardize the entire future of humankind and conscious life, even relatively small probabilities, especially when seen statistically over a long period of time, may become significant in the extreme. It would follow that if such risks are non-trivial, the importance of existential catastrophes dramatically eclipse most of the social and political issues that commonly ignite our passions and tend to get our blood boiling today. How is insensible to the Palestine and Israel war? Who is unaware of the rift between EU, NATO and Russia? What is the real issue behind airplanes lost MH17 and MH370?
Ignoring global risks makes sense in some situations. If there is good evidence that the risks are just too remote to worry about, for example. Or if the costs of prevention were just too absurd. But too often denial is based on ideological blinders (God will provide, the free market will provide, nature will provide), fatalism – “what will be will be”, apathy or narrow-minded ignorance of the history of life on our planet. With such an attitude and trend the Earth for sure will encounter repeated mass extinctions. We cannot extrapolate from our very narrow time frame perspective and conclude that future risks are negligible.
One would think that if we are mobilized to fight for issues that affect a relatively small number of people, we would have an even stronger moral and social emotional motivation to prevent potential catastrophes that could kill or incapacitate the entire human population. The challenge of existential risks to rationality is that, the catastrophes being so huge, people snap into a different mode of thinking.
There are psychological barrier of perceived powerlessness. Avoidance of difficult issues may be an understandable psychological defense mechanism. But the results can be maladaptive and catastrophic. There are also significant ideological barriers to overcome. For some, a belief in an afterlife of any sort may provide false reassurance. Millennialism — the belief that the world as we know it will be destroyed and replaced with a perfect world — takes various forms, from Christian movements based on the Book of Revelations to Al Qaeda beliefs rooted in Islamic thought involving Jihad. From certain theological perspectives global catastrophes are brought about by divine agency as just punishment for our sins. A believer of apocalyptic visions might judge such an event as, on balance, good.
On the whole, our evolved minds do not appear naturally predisposed to think long-term about risks on a global scale. From what we know about evolutionary history and mechanisms, this is completely understandable. The fact that sustained global planning and action might not come naturally does not, by itself, make ignoring global risks the right thing to do. Perhaps ironically (since after all survival is biologically adaptive) it will take more than our evolved behavioral inclinations to confront potential catastrophic risks and make informed decisions. Obviously we need objective factual information and analyses. But to do the job, to overcome maladaptive cognitive biases and blinders, we’ll need much more. We’ll need a motivating deep-felt sense of connection, value and responsibility toward other conscious beings and the future of life.
The prevention of existential catastrophe may not be receiving enough attention and should be one of human civilizations highest priorities.
We’re all human, aren’t we? Every human life is worth the same and worth saving.
In this miasma of forgotten wars, torture and the war on terror, there are no easy answers, especially in the face of a very real terrorism. But I can live my questions. As a humanitarian, I can act from a feeling of shared vulnerability with the victims of preventable suffering. I have a responsibility to bear witness publicly to the plight of those I seek to assist and to insist on independent humanitarian action and respect for international humanitarian law. As a citizen, I can assume my responsibility for the public world – the world of politics – not as a spectator, but as a participant who engages and shapes it. The larger force that can push back against the wrong use of power can be the force of a citizen’s politics that openly debates the right use of power and the reasoned pursuit of justice. Once a close friend, described justice as a boundary over which we must not go, a bond of common humanity between us, a balance among people of equal worth and dignity. I fight not for a utopian ideal but each day I make a choice, against nihilism and towards justice.