How Did Buddha Know?

It seems 2500 years ago Siddhartha foresaw not only global warming, but chemical pollution, “Love Island”, Only Fans and Porn Hub. He predicted sleazy and corrupt self-centred politics. He saw “Leaders” prepared to burn the lungs of the planet for a few quid and others out of touch with physical plane reality about a presidential election. Perhaps he also saw the watering down of his teachings for mass audiences.

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I’ll estimate that the situation in Ukraine will head towards a stalemate. It will, perhaps, remain a running sore for a long time. Russia has two trump cards, fossil fuels and nukes. My guess is that their fossil fuels will, in time, trump their nukes in terms of applicable leverage.

People are talking about food security and energy security. They mean for US, me, we. They do not mean for everyone. As it was with Covid vaccines the rich buy them up. If the economies of the west tank, there will not be the cash surplus to pay top dollar for grain. Arguments about water along the Nile are current and ongoing. Water security could become an issue. It is a part of the debate here in France.

Where are the bulk of solar panels made? China…

The climate is oscillating more wildly than ever. If that goes fully non-linear, we are in for a truly game changing time, far beyond anything we can currently imagine.

When our little river is full and above bank, it changes from being a bucolic trickle into a force of nature and it is tiny even then.

We can spend billions on clever ways to mitigate climate change. Would it not be simpler to change the way we live? It is a no brainer. But no, we must continue to consume and try to put a sticking plaster over the chasm we have created. We can kid ourselves that our tweaks are making a difference and then book a holiday in the Maldives.

Despite all the hyperbole, the extensive justifications in thousands of research grant applications, the projections in the climate models and the ticking global temperature clock, it is possible that we will enter truly uncharted territory. The assumptions in the vast climate modelling programmes will cease to be valid.

Will we then as a humanity kill each other over a kilojoule of chemical potential energy, a kilogram of wheat flour and a litre of water?

Yes, perhaps we will…

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