The G20 And The Voice Of Wisdom

As world leaders meet once again  to talk about the problems besetting the planet, including our environment, economies and political stability, the newspaper columns are full of Putin and the Ukraine border crisis. His manner is contained, unapologetic and stubborn, blaming any difficulty on misrepresentation of the facts or terrorist activity by the West. As private citizens we seek tranquillity and periods of adventure, but  beyond the concerns of domestic life do we ask “How will this pan out?”

The  “News” is like a train which moves through our world bringing events to our attention as our newscaster’s carriage moves on from one event to the next. Later when our eye is caught by some new occurrence, those events which previously gripped the interest of the media continue often unresolved, but now our view is of some new and apparently more gripping story line.

Syria, home to a human catastrophe of truly horrific proportions, is harder to find among the headlines yet I heard a doctor reduced to tears because the medical facilities there are completely overwhelmed by the human suffering. Meanwhile some celebrity forgot to dress properly, and more than one newspaper is keen to explore her absent mindedness as thoroughly as possible.

Gaza, another tragedy with a dark undercurrent of man’s inhumanity to man is hard to find any mention of because the dramatic shelling is over and that poor displaced population is now free to suffer the situation free of the media’s attention.

I am reminded, when I reflect on these situations how the marketing of escapism seems to demand our increasing attention and man’s inhumanity to man should be discussed, we all agree,  but on another day. As Samuel Taylor Coleridge said so eloquently, ” He prayeth best, who loveth best, All things both great and small;” and a man who reflect on a events beyond his own life  “” hath been stunned, And is of sense forlorn: A sadder and a wiser man ”  is he.

Isn’t curious how these observations made around two hundred years ago remain so topical. A species who can land a spacecraft on some distant comet can vent its destructive desires on itself but with increasing skill and power, often exhibiting a blind greed and hatred  as immortal as the gods to whom we profess such tender respect.

About Peter Wells aka Countingducks

Trying to remember what my future is
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19 Responses to The G20 And The Voice Of Wisdom

  1. And we continue to shape those gods in our own image and strive to call them just. Until we reach higher, and see farther, we will continue crush humanity. By direct assault or apathy. We must begin to care, deeply.

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  2. catterel says:

    Absolutely agree. Meanwhile, Richard Branson wastes millions on his egotistical projects …


  3. Caroline says:

    Very eloquently put my friend. One day those who we elect to govern us may wake up to the destruction we inflict on our own species. It isn’t money which will stop the hatred – or in fact the greed – but a new way of thinking. An understanding that we are custodians of our species and this planet.

    Hatred destroys the mind of the hater not the hated.


  4. Ina says:

    Good posting! Kim’s bottom was big news here too for some reason. Strange world.


  5. Marcus Case says:

    That’s such a great post. Thank you.


  6. If you think about it, Peter, it’ll drive you crazy.


  7. Nonie de Plume says:

    Cameron and Putin should get together at the Swan or one of the other Batham Public Houses and sort it out over 6 or 7 pints, they might even play spoof and eat scratchings. You can’t post this as its code not understood by your American ladies


  8. The tragic irony of humanity, the species with the greatest capacity for interacting with our environment, changing and improving quality of life for everything on the planet. What do we do with our creative talents? Find more effective ways of destroying everything, ourselves included.


  9. gwpj says:

    Very well said, Peter; so well that I’ve reblogged it on my Musings blog to share with my followers there.


  10. Al says:

    While being the most intelligence of the animal species, ironically, we are also the least likely to admit that we are, nonetheless, animals.


  11. Jerry grant says:

    Well put…what irony,humans can be the kindest and the crueliest of the animals all at the same time….it’s all about who’s ox is being gored at the time


  12. r e douville says:

    I’m 60, and yet the world still astounds me in its tolerance of inequality, poverty, the consolidation of power to a few who blame the inequities on the laziness of the many, and the endless cruelties that come at us faster than we can absorb what just happened.

    Today I’ve been called a man-hater for advocating gender equality in the Catholic church. That… is how this world rolls.


  13. It is what made us, after all – we are one of a very few species willing to kill a rival in a fight, but it is an instinct as old as the first man who walked, and is probably why we keep our place at the top of the food chain. The camera gives us evolution over dinner, so I guess it has a role in curbing some excesses to an extent, but our collective need to kill will never leave us.


  14. Jane Thorne says:

    Great post Ducky. We are all connected. ❤


  15. Excellent post, Peter!


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