Reflections

“There is a view among many of us that this is failing. What’s the point of having such negotiations if they don’t lead to progress or solutions to problems that are related to the lives of people worldwide?

Maldives UnderWater Cabinet Meeting _ Dr. Ibrahim Didi Minis… _ FlickrWe are not prepared to die. We are not going to become the first victims of the climate crisis. Instead, we are going to do everything in our power to keep our heads above water,”

Mohamed Nasheed, head of the Maldives delegation, at the UN climate conference in Poland, December 2018. The Maldives is an island nation in the India Ocean and it is among countries most vulnerable to the effects of climate change such as rising sea levels and coral reef deterioration. Scientific reports have predicted that, is sea levels keep rising at the current rate, the Maldives will be completely submerged in 30 years. To dramatize their plight the Maldives government held an underwater cabinet meeting last year.

Image: Maldives Underwater Cabinet Meeting. By Sindi. Divers Association of Maldives. https://www.flickr.com/photos/diversmv/4084294081/.

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Reflections

“Yet another explanation for the deadening of our survival is that the changes in living that would be required are so drastic that people prefer the future catastrophe to the sacrifice they would have to make it now.”

“If I am what I have and if what I have is lost, who then am I? Nobody but a defeated, deflated, pathetic testimony to a wrong way of living.”

“Our conscious motivations, ideas and beliefs are a blend of false information, biases, irrational passions, rationalisations, prejudices, in which morsels of truth swim around and give the reassurance albeit false, that the whole mixture is real and true. The thinking processes attempt to organise this whole cesspool of illusions according to the laws of plausibility. This level of consciousness is supposed to reflect reality; it is the map we use for organising our life.”

“Those who unconsciously despair yet put on the mask of optimism are not necessarily wise. But those who have not given up hope can succeed only if they are hard headed realists, shed all illusions, and fully appreciate the difficulties.”

– Erich Fromm, “To Have or to Be?” (1976)

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