Saturday, July 10, 2010

July 8 - The G-8 and the G-20: a Matter of Vision and Consciousness‏

Dear Friends,

Be Well.


The G-8 and the G-20: a Matter of Vision and Consciousness

by Ervin Laszlo on July 8, 2010

Where there is no vision, the people perish
Proverbs 29:18

One can’t solve a problem with the same level
of consciousness at which the problem arose
Albert Einstein

The final statements of the June 2010 Canada meetings of the G-8 and the G-20 make for impressive reading (G-8 Muskoka Declaration – Recovery and New Beginnings, 25-26 June 2010, and The G-20 Toronto Summit Declaration, June 26-27, 2010). They contain a long list of marvelous commitments through which the leaders of the advanced world decide to join forces to ensure a better future for all.

All is well then? Hardly. A closer look reveals important lacunae and a major fallacy.

To begin with, the flawless harmony communicated in the G-8 and G-20 Declarations was not mirrored in the actual debates. There was little agreement on how to move forward, with the U.S. insisting on additional public spending to re-launch recovery, and the UK and the other European nations opting for budgetary cutbacks as the way to move forward. The proposals of the member states also had a tacit “beggar-thy-neighbor” dimension: if implemented they would serve the given nation’s economy, without much regard for the sacrifices incurred for the others. The crux of the matter is that there was no real effort to overcome the structural reasons for underdevelopment in the world—not to mention maldevelopment. Beyond earmarking some more of the reserves held by the advanced economies for humanitarian purposes—reducing infant and under-five mortality, for example—the goals were to re-launch material growth in the member economies.

The statements disclose a serious fallacy. The vision of the “leaders of the advanced world,” and of their role in the world, is obsolete. For them the world is made up of groups of nation-states, with national governments in charge of ensuring the national interest. The national interest is economic interest. The leaders’ role is to bring about “recovery,” “renewed stability” and “balanced growth” in the nation’s economy. Cooperation in this domain is to rebalance the kind of world that the recent economic and financial crises had unbalanced.

There is no indication that the G-8 and G-20 leaders would recognize that recovering and re-establishing the economic-financial order of the past would be tantamount to re-creating an intrinsically unsustainable and now terminally crisis-bound system. There is no indication that they would entertain even the possibility that what is needed is not more of the same, but a thorough transformation.

Can we expect this kind of recognition from the leaders of the world’s most powerful nation-states? Evidently not. Real transformation would—or at any rate could—place in question the legitimacy of the very system that grants them power and privilege.

Yet re-launching the kind of growth that the world experienced in the late 20th century is not the way forward. Throwing money at the problems, while necessary and frequently (although not always) helpful, is not the panacea. The current economic-financial system is structurally flawed and will ultimately break down—hardly any serious economist would contest it any longer. The leadership choice is not between allowing countries and peoples to suffer imminent crises or postponing their onset, but between leading the transformation to a more sustainable system, or becoming its victim.

The self-proclaimed leaders of the advanced nations need a better vision of the world, and of their role in the world. In a world where a third of the people live in abject poverty, as many if not more face critical water shortages, and where the atmosphere heats up, the climate changes, sea levels rise, and the processes enabling the regeneration of vital biological resources are seriously impaired, a uniquely or even primarily material focus is not just inadequate; it is strongly misleading. With that kind of vision, the people, or a large segment of them, will perish.

A better leadership vision can only emerge from a level of consciousness that is different from that which produced the current economic, social, and ecological conditions. It must be a consciousness that wide-ranging cooperation based on solidarity and oriented toward fundamental transformation is the basic precondition of peace and sustainability in the world. It must be a consciousness that inspires and motivates cooperation not only in the economic and financial domain, but also in the domains of ecology, technology, education, public information, and cultural contact and communication; it must be a consciousness of interdependence, and, in the final count, the oneness of all people on spaceship Earth, the oneness of their destiny.

The “games” our leaders must play are not the kind where one wins and the other loses, but where everybody wins. Because in the planetary survival and growth game, if not everybody wins, everybody loses—and sooner than most leaders may think.

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How to Digitally Record/Video a UFO sighting:

Como registar digitalmente ou gravar um vídeo de um avistamento de um UFO:

Stabilize the camera on a tripod. If there is no tripod, then set it on top of a stable, flat surface. If that is not possible lean against a wall to stabilize your body and prevent the camera from filming in a shaky, unsteady manner.

Estabilize a camera com um tripé. Se não tiver um tripé, então coloque-a em cima de uma superfície estável. Se não for possível, então encoste-se a uma parede para estabilizar o corpo e evitar que a camera registe de maneira tremida e instável.

Provide visual reference points for comparison. This includes the horizon, treetops, lampposts, houses, and geographical landmarks (i.e., Horsetooth Reservoir, Mt. Adams, etc.) Provide this in the video whenever is appropriate and doesn’t detract from what your focus is, the UFO.

Forneça pontos visuais de referência para comparação. Isso inclui o horizonte, cimo das árvores, postes de iluminação, pontos de referência geográficos (como o Reservatório de Horsetooth, Mone Adams, etc) Forneça esses pontos no vídeo sempre que for apropriado e não se distraia do que é o seu foco, o UFO/a Nave.

Narrate your videotape. Provide details of the date, time, location, and direction (N,S,E,W) you are looking in. Provide your observations on the weather, including approximate temperature, windspeed, any visible cloud cover or noticeable weather anomalies or events. Narrate on the shape, size, color, movements, approximate altitude of the UFO, etc and what it appears to be doing. Also include any unusual physical, psychological or emotional sensations you might have. Narrate any visual reference points on camera so they correlate with what the viewer will see, and thereby will be better able to understand.

Faça a narração do vídeo. Forneça pormenores sobre a data, hora, local e direcção (Norte, Sul, Este, Oeste) que está a observar. Faça observações sobre as condições atmosféricas, incluindo a temperatura aproximada, velocidade do vento, quantidade de nuvens, anomalias ou acontecimentos meteorológicos evidentes. Descreva a forma, o tamanho, a cor, os movimentos, a altitude aproximada onde se encontra o UFO/nave, etc e o que aparenta estar a fazer. Inclua também quaisquer aspectos pouco habituais de sensações físicas, psicológicas ou emocionais que possa ter. Faça a narração de todos os pontos de referência visual que o espectador irá ver e que, deste modo, será capaz de compreender melhor.

Be persistent and consistent. Return to the scene to videotape and record at this same location. If you have been successful once, the UFO sightings may be occurring in this region regularly, perhaps for specific reasons unknown, and you may be successful again. You may also wish to return to the same location at a different time of day (daylight hours) for better orientation and reference. Film just a minute or two under “normal” circumstances for comparison. Write down what you remember immediately after. As soon as you are done recording the experience/event, immediately write down your impressions, memories, thoughts, emotions, etc. so it is on the record in writing. If there were other witnesses, have them independently record their own impressions, thoughts, etc. Include in this exercise any drawings, sketches, or diagrams. Make sure you date and sign your documentation.

Seja persistente e não contraditório. Volte ao local da cena e registe o mesmo local. Se foi bem sucedido uma vez, pode ser que nessa região ocorram avistamentos de UFOs/naves com regularidade, talvez por razões específicas desconhecidas, e talvez possa ser novamente bem sucedido. Pode também desejar voltar ao mesmo lugar a horas diferentes do dia (durante as horas de luz)para ter uma orientação e referência melhor. Filme apenas um ,inuto ou dois em circunstâncias “normais” para ter um termo de comparação. Escreva tudo o que viu imediatamente após o acontecimento. Logo após ter feito o registo da experiência/acontecimento, escreva imediatamente as impressões, memórias, pensamentos, emoções, etc para que fiquem registadas por escrito. Se houver outras testemunhas, peça-lhes para registar independentemente as suas próprias impressões, pensamentos, etc. Inclua quaisquer desenhos, esbolos, diagramas. Certifique-se que data e assina o seu documento/testemunho.

Always be prepared. Have a digital camera or better yet a video camera with you, charged and ready to go, at all times. Make sure you know how to use your camera (and your cell phone video/photo camera) quickly and properly. These events can occur suddenly, unexpectedly, and often quite randomly, so you will need to be prepared.

Esteja sempre preparado, Tenha sempre uma camera digital, melhor ainda, uma camera vídeo consigo, carregada e pronta a usar sempre que necessário. Certifique-se que sabe como lidar com a sua camera (ou com o seu celular/camera fotográfica) rápida e adequadamente. Esses acontecimentos podem acontecer súbita e inesperadamente e, por vezes, acidentalmente, por isso, necessita estar preparado.

Look up. Be prepared. Report. Share.

Olhe para cima, Esteja preparado, Relate, Partilhe.



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