The Ultimate Time For Common Sense!!

By Donald A. Collins | 5 November 2021
Church and State

The world spends an astounding US$423 billion annually to subsidize fossil fuels for consumers. (Credit: United Nations Development Programme / YouTube)

As the UN Climate conference draws to a close with some leaders expressing promises for the urgent attention, called for by our best scientists, one has to remember other crisis points in world history where humans failed to act at crucial times.

Think about how major wars kicked off—two in the last century for example plus our own Civil War in 1860.

One time during our colonial history there was given the right advice taken from a 47 page pamphlet which led to our separation from England and on to the world’s greatest democracy. Our behavior in getting there was heroic, brutal and racist, but that history is now well documented.

The pamphlet’s author is a fascinating character, an immigrant from Norfolk, England, which Wikipedia gives us a bio worth reading. I put its first paragraph here, but the full tale can be read here.

Thomas Paine (born Thomas Pain; February 9, 1737 – June 8, 1809) was an English-born American political activist, philosopher, political theorist, and revolutionary. He authored Common Sense (1776) and The American Crisis (1776–1783), the two most influential pamphlets at the start of the American Revolution, and helped inspire the patriots in 1776 to declare independence from Great Britain. His ideas reflected Enlightenment-era ideals of transnational human rights.

Should you read the attached full Wikipedia account of Paine’s life, the bitterness of political vicissitudes was a feature of life then as now.

Our entire world is surely at the edge of huge disaster now as reiterated in my new book, “What Can Be Done Now to Save Habitable Life on Planet Earth” with the subtitle, “Leaders Commit to Reduce Human Population” which you can now obtain on Amazon.

A friend emailed me the attached clip which show a dinosaur advising the UN Climate conference about the need action despite the inability of those larger dinosaurs to survive that meteor 66 million years ago.

If you haven’t seen this by now, you can see this here.

We humans like the dinosaur are at the top of the food chain yet we are completely aware of the already occurring disaster and still unheeding just as we continue to ignore the overpopulation or the threat of racism and the rise of Donald Trump!

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC, has spent over 40 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of “From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013”, “Trump Becoming Macbeth: Will our democracy survive?”, “We Humans Overwhelm Our Earth: 11 or 2 Billion by 2100?” and “What Can Be Done Now to Save Habitable Life on Planet Earth?: Leaders Commit to Reduce Human Population”.

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