How gratifying to know that the two most serious threats to existence are man-made. For all of our advances in technology in the 21st century, our default position for anything that challenges us is still to beat it. It could be a neighboring country or the planet itself that nourishes and sustains us.
Because of the senseless killing of children in Ukraine in the face of the devastating effects of climate change, there couldn’t be more visible than the handprints that convict our failures.
Experience is supposed to expand who we are, not to constrain it. Even as cease-fire talks were being held, Vladimir Putin’s rockets hit Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second city. Death premiums are on the rise. Few expected Mr. Putin to deploy his full firepower.
The heroic stance of the Ukrainian people will likely spur him to engage in new acts of destruction if his advances are further delayed.
“They are fighting against everyone and everything that is alive, against kindergartens, against residential buildings and ambulances,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said of the Russian forces.
American writer Mark Twain doesn’t have much time for existential questions. But he gave an interesting answer to an answer. One afternoon, apparently with time on his hands, he thought: “What is man?”
He concluded: “Something our Heavenly Father created because he was disappointed in the monkey.
To be fair, the monkey is more maligned, it could hardly do a worse job than humans at taking care of the planet.
Five days of a barbaric conflict, potentially spreading with dire consequences, was too much.
It is not if we do not have enough to take care of ourselves.
The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released its most striking report.
Forecasting sweltering heat, fires, floods and droughts in the decades to come, it warned: “Today’s children could still be alive by 2100 which will experience four times as much extreme weather times compared to the present”. It is a legacy that we are passing on.
However, Helen Adams of King’s College London, one of the co-authors of the new report, also said: “Yes, things are bad, but really the future depends on us, no must climate.”
Haven’t we punched a hole in the ozone layer yet? To what degree of confusion are we preparing ourselves if we continue to ignore risks that are already almost incalculable?
The superposition of the dangers and challenges of nuclear threats under these circumstances seems incomprehensible.
The global solidarity stirred in support of Ukraine speaks for our better angels.
International pressure and fierce opposition from within Russia may cause President Putin to reconsider his position.
All wars end with advice or coercion. Conference table is more constructive.
https://www.independent.ie/opinion/editorial/yet-again-human-failures-threaten-our-existence-41396609.html Yet again, human failures threaten our very existence