Humanity, Right Livelihood
& Quality of Life: Strategy
"What would happen if one woman told the truth about her
life? The world would split open."
"To tell the truth is to tear aside the conventional masks adopted
due to convention or compliance, the masks adopted to hide women's being
in the world. . . Concealment does not simply mean hiding; it means dissembling,
presenting something as other than it is. To "unconceal" is to
create clearings, spaces in the midst of things where decisions can be
made. It is to break through the masked and the falsified, to reach toward
the half-hidden or concealed. When a woman, when any human being, tries
to tell the truth and act on it, there is no predicting what will happen.
The "not yet" is always to a degree concealed. When one chooses
to act on one's freedom, there are no guarantees." From Dialectic of Freedom, by Maxine Greene, 1988.
What are the relationships between individuals, families, communities,
cities, states, countries? What are the responsibilities and opportunities
for the 21st century enterprise in building, supporting and strengthening
all live in the South Bronx because that neighborhood is the unavoidable
proof that American civilization can stop. It can stop literally right
around the corner, and if it does nobody can do a thing about it. Americans
know this and are obsessed with it. Almost every new movement, and certainly
every public institution, is focused on not becoming the South Bronx. .
. We live in the first phase of American history not obsessed with progress
but with survival." SHADOW DANCING IN THE USA; Michael Ventura, 1985
Today's business environment is most preoccupied with . . .
the robotization of many manufacturing processes, the demand for manual
labour did not decline markedly during the twenty-first century. . . As
society became more highly technological, depending on an ever-increasing
range of complicated artifacts, more and more work had to be put into reconstruction
and repairing the artificial environment. Because maintenance work, unlike
most manufacturing processes, is occasional and idiosyncratic rather than
ceaseless and repetitive, it cannot - even to this day - be wholly turned
over to machines. Machinery is vital to such work, but so are human agents.
Governments employed more and more people to do centrally organized work,
and collected the taxes they needed to do it." THE THIRD MILLENNIUM: A History of the World: AD 2000 - 3000; Brian
Stableford & David Langford, 1985
This "occasional and idiosyncratic" labor will most likely
be supplied by . . .
history of our time will be marked by recurrent eruptions of newly discovered
diseases (most recently, hantavirus in the American West); epidemics of
diseases migrating to new areas (for example, cholera in Latin America);
diseases which become important through human technologies (as certain
menstrual tampons favored toxic shock syndrome and water cooling towers
provided an opportunity for Legionnaires' Disease); and diseases which
spring from insects and animals to humans, through man-made disruptions
in local habitats. To some extent, each of these processes has been occurring
throughout history. What is new, however, is the increased potential that
some of these diseases will generate large-scale, even worldwide epidemics.
. . AIDS does not stand alone; it may well be just the first of the modern,
large-scale epidemics of infectious disease." THE COMING PLAGUE; Laurie Garrett, 1994
What is the likelihood that humanity will suffer a global "plague"
proportional to the "black plague?"
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