I’m 26, and I’m part of a special generation.
First, our generation was told we had to pay for our education.
Then we were told we had to fork out for higher rents or pay vastly more to own a home.
Then they told us we would have to work for less money and for longer hours.
Then we found out we probably wouldn’t live as long as our parents have or be as healthy as them.
Then they told us we would have to be the ones to pay off the environmental mess.
Lastly we started getting fired.
We’re the generation that has been taught to expect less – and we have no illusion that progress will magically make things better that they are. We know things are going downhill fast – the important questions are – can we pull things up before they hit the wall, and if so how?
For better or worse, by the time our generation is finished nothing will be the same. Either we’re a selfish bunch of wankers eating up the planet until it hits the wall or we’re going to turn it around – giving our species another chance. This is it, there is no third option. Only greatness or oblivion.
This blog is my own small attempt to make something of the situation we find ourselves in.
My blog will cover three main themes – every post will in someway relate to at least one of these themes:
(1) Just how stuffed the world is today (and was yesterday and possibly will be tomorrow).
(2) What a socially just, ecological sustainable and prosperous world would look like. Let’s get a bit creative here people – I want to engage in some meaningful debate. We’ve been told that there is no alternative to a world of corporate control but we were also taught that we’re only limited by our imaginations.
(3) The road map to another world. This includes discussion about strategies and tactics for change, including debate about what sort of change is possible where – this is the spot to be honest, hard-nosed and realistic (and I don’t mean the sort of realism which holds against all evidence and reason that the world will forever remain unchanged). Here I will include (at least what I find) interesting news from various social movements and nations around the world.
I’m going to set one rule for myself – posting at least once per week (I think I will regret that later).
So tell me folks – are things really this bad? If they are that bad, are any rational grounds for hope? Maybe we’re already past the point of no return. If we’re not, what do we do to avoid hitting the wall?
Let the conversation (or maybe only my monologue) for change begin…