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Virus: Creeping authoritarianism no answer

A paradigm shift amidst a pandemic

Yamin Kogoya - "The pandemic is revealing the cracks in society, about how unprepared the system is when it comes to uniting people against a common enemy"

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CANBERRA - The creation of an illegal Indonesian state in the sovereign nation of West Papua has brought death and unprecedented catastrophic destruction to Papuan ancestral homelands.

The Indonesian government, with the complicity of Western governments and institutions such as the United Nations (who supported the absorption of West Papua into Indonesia in the 1960s) are guilty of crimes against humanity.

These crimes are not isolated events – they are a continuation of the long war that has been waged beginning with the dawn of the industrial revolution in Europe.

When European travellers sought the discovery of new land, they ignored the already established societies, uprooting entire cultures to build cathedrals, universities, courthouses and estates.

Land is important to people. It is integral to cultural and social networks. When it is stolen, so is culture. First Nations people watch on helplessly as their land is sold, traded, destroyed and built on. It is a grim reminder of how their freedom was stolen.

The religious wars, famine and natural disasters that engulfed Europe during the early period of our modern world convinced enlightened intellectuals that man is alone, and God has abandoned humanity.

Hence, man must choose his own path, navigating his world through scientific method and rational mind.

As the coronavirus pandemic generates fear among the world’s population and forces humanity’s day-to-day rituals to cease indefinitely, this is a time for getting back to what is truly important: family, relationships, a shared purpose, union of ideas, respect.

For the first time in a long time, the industrial world is quiet with inactivity, as we are left with nothing but time and space to think.

This is the time for humanity to reflect on our poor treatment of our only home, and how we have treated those who live here.

We need to ask sincere questions about fundamental ideas that shaped the mind of modern man, and how we blindly accepted this indoctrination without pause.

Just as the philosophers of the past challenged the paradigm that guided mankind for thousands of years, we too must challenge the current paradigm we find ourselves trapped in – the industrialist, capitalist world order.

The pandemic is revealing the cracks in society, about how unprepared the system is when it comes to uniting people against a common enemy, and how the broken system favours the rich and the powerful institutions that keep people indoctrinated.

We are on the brink of the first major paradigmatic shift that will influence civilisation since the Renaissance.

We need to critically re-examine the framework that legitimates our thinking, as our current system is failing at every turn – health care, housing, unemployment, education, privatisation and commoditising the natural world.

“It seems inevitable, then, that we must move from a discussion of history to a discussion of nature if we are to address seriously the question of the end of history” - Francis Fukuyama.

“We cannot solve our problems using the same thinking that we used when we created them” - Albert Einstein.

For First Nations people around the world, instead of joining the industrial countries and helping them destroy the world in the name of progress or development, it is the best time to get back to cultural roots, knowledge, and connection with nature – who we are, where we come from, what we have endured.

And most importantly, acknowledge the systematic powers that induced our cultures into a coma for the past five hundred years.

We urgently need to shift the legacy of the colonial paradigm from “I think, therefore I am,” to “The Earth lives, therefore we are.”

Else, we continue to ignore the cry of our fellow humans and animals across the world, from West Papua to Rohingya, From Yemen to Palestine, from Afghanistan to Syria, and many other nations who are victimised by the global enterprise of exploitation, slavery, and death.


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Philip Fitzpatrick

Iain Millar, commenting on the Ex-Kiaps website, has an interesting quote from Bronwyn Bishop, an Australian ex-politician of considerable bouffant who once thought she was prime minister material until her hair was brought undone by a helicopter's down draft.

She suggested China created the virus for its own nefarious reasons. "It is to get rid of non-productive Chinese ... So they don't have to be fed," Ms Bishop told Sky News. She also said China planned to "export the virus into the United States" and "test whether or not it is possible for this sort of action to send the rest of the world into recession".

Iain's own succint summary of our relationship to China and the USA is worth repeating too.

"We are in the middle of a world war, fought between USA and China, a struggle for power & influence over the rest of the world. They have different ideologies; USA relies on weapons and threats because this has served them well in the past, China relies on the power of the yuan, the dollar, the kina: whatever it takes to buy politicians and influence. Unfortunately PNG (and Australia) is caught in the middle and attempts to play one against the other; because of the quality of our politicians this isn't working well. It is a difficult choice between Donald Trump and Xi Jinping - we have no hold on either. Australia is viewed as either "our spy base in the south" or our "future rice bowl in the south"."

Bernard Corden

A fascinating article that reflects and aligns with the concept of ecoliteracy and the work of Fritjof Capra and Guy Claxton:

Lindsay F Bond

About the “current paradigm”, “how unprepared the system”, one might liken “systematic powers that induced our cultures into a coma”, to that of an affliction at which too many humans yield unaware.

Infecting even killing sufficient but not too many, malaria has survived among populations of humans. COVID-19 is finding its access as humans try to comprehend its ambit to blunt unwelcome intrusion.

Yet a vector of human to human contact is where humanity has ‘traded’ away it’s essence, it’s charity. In addition to tasting fruit of each their own forest, humans go far to entice and strip fruits from others.

Clarity of an immunology in self-giving? Singularity is insufficient if “we are all in it together”. Each might a little more give, as is advocated, living simply…

Not as a “once more unto the breach” or oral if devoid of moral. Nor mere ‘multitud-ing’ a push.

Not a time for disparaging those for whom “prayer is never the last resort.”
Yet measures of wealth exchanged and garnered invite clarity about preying.

The quantum of scientific endeavour particular to proofing existence avails a landing of more promise than political process of current aspiration. Magnitude of objective and strategic blunders in warring’s past is ‘mi-nute’ to the enormity of damage ever more probable where caring is corralled.

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