How Many Cities Must Be Inundated by Global Warming, But Not the President?

It truly is an amazing scenario that cities like Huston, in Texas, can be completely inundated as a result of global warming yet leaders, like Trump, continue to deny it. What does it take to wake them up? While he has reversed many of the sensible decision by Obama on this issue he has caused grief in so many because it would appear that his ego won’t allow him to be wrong.

There is no doubt that we are in the last days and everything points at it. Floods are everywhere as the Northern Hemisphere summer draws to an end. India and Pakistan are also inundated again, and it gets worse every monsoon season. These devastating events leave many dead, and one might be tempted to think that is a good thing.

Overpopulation and crowding of cities is impacting as resources dwindle and food shortages also bite hard. Crops are devastated and animals are killed by catastrophic events that include super-fires, droughts, and cyclones. Tornadoes are also increasing in intensity and bringing more devastation and heartache to many regions.

While climate sceptics appear to be more concerned with money than with what is happening to the planet there is little likelihood that such leaders will change their mind. In Australia the government is aiding an Indian Company to open a new coal-mine in Queensland that will be bigger than any other in the world.

People are protesting it but the Australian Prime Minister, like Trump, is denying the need to take heed of weather patterns and members of his government are behind the push for more coal-fired power-stations. We are truly at the end of what the planet can stand as far as man’s stupidity is concerned.

The end result will be death to every living thing and that is becoming more obvious by the day. Politicians who are so out-of-touch should be pushed out-of-office so that better thinkers replace them. On the other hand, however, it’s up to the population who protests the pollution and want a cleaner environment to raise their voices to build agree with them.

Of late, it seems that many are on the side of Trump and Turnbull while the hatred they conjure up against those who want a cleaner environment is hard to break through. This is another case of blindness within the communities who are more spurred on by violence and threats of war rather than peaceful solutions to the earth’s problems.

The Betrayal of Wisdom

Robert Kreyche, The Betrayal of Wisdom, New York: Alba House, 1972, ISBN 0-8189-0248-5, pp. xii + 237, Cost not mentioned.

Our world is exhibiting a considerable amount of fragmentation. It is a tragic fact that man despite the tremendous expanse of his scientific and technological knowledge, is still in fundamental ignorance of the real needs of the human spirit and the type of knowledge that would integrate the values of his intellect, will and spirit. The postmodern culture which pervades our world is characterized by distrust towards ideas like finality, goal, soul and the like.

In this book the author aims at attempting to clear up the confusion caused by contemporary philosophy’s failure to provide a healing remedy for the ever-increasing skepticism, positivism and agnosticism affecting the mind of man. He presents a skillful analysis of the dethronement of human reason and the steps that are needed to reintegrate it with life. Philosophy has sadly, with the rise of analytic and similar schools, moved away from its original vocation, i.e. to help human beings shape their lives in keeping with the challenges of reality. He emphasizes the need of ‘integral realism’, an idea borrowed from Jacques Maritain. If I may summarize the essence of integral realism in a line, it would be: integration not only between philosophy and life, but between values and facts, theory and practice, the area of individual concern and the facts of social life.

The book has 13 well-chosen and well-presented chapters. The author displays his erudition and grounding in modern and contemporary philosophy, particularly American philosophy. American by birth, it is only natural that he writes about philosophy in his context and for his context. Therefore, in this regard it is not possible or even right to fault him. However, the book has two drawbacks, not in-itself but in the present context. First, the book was written in the early 1970′s and hence some of the “issues” and perhaps some of the counter arguments are not really relevant anymore. Second, the books’ target audience is American and hence people like me, from a different country, find little of what is discussed relevant, interesting and relatable. For example, the author frequently quotes John Dewey and William James, authors who are purely American and hence aren’t very well known in the context of India. Nevertheless, the chief topics that the author discusses in each chapter offer valuable food for reflection.

The book would work well as a primer in philosophy. Beginners will find the author’s language simple to read and understand and the issues easy to grasp. I would recommend this book to all those setting out on the adventure of philosophy. One has to keep in mind though, that the author wrote this book many years ago, addressing a malaise of that time with the knowledge he then had. Therefore, he doesn’t use concepts or ideas that emerged later like the ideas of postmodernism for example, although some of his proposed solutions were taken up and promoted by postmodernists. The book offers an interesting thesis and throws up many possibilities for further study and reflection. The author must be commended for his work and for his practical approach to philosophy. Despite being critical of the prevalent American pragmatism, one can notice its subtle influence. The author concludes the book by stating his purpose of writing it which was to motivate individuals to assume roles of intellectual leadership and provide reasonable responses to the challenges of human existence aggravated by the advancement of technology and fundamentalistic doctrines.