Nero and his lyre
At this point this text could end.
Because what I
have to tell you,
and say it all.
You can draw the
conclusions for yourself.
You can predict the decision of the Board of Reprieve.
We have an
explosion of population on the one hand,
an explosion of greed and waste on the other.
These are the facts and are what we have to cope with.
Ours is the Earth and ours is the decision.
Either we climb a
hill to have better view of
the burning city and play our lyre like Nero,
or we do something.
And please, don't
tell me that it is not our concern and
not our responsibility to care about it, because there are
the wise men,
the Prime Ministers
and the others.
I will not accept it.
It is the responsibility of each one of us.
you are, sir, actually a highly developed mammal,
a thinking primate, and not a gastropod, and you
see this beautiful planet threatened with catastrophe,
your own species with extinction, and the civilization
that your ancestors built stone by stone with destruction,
then you have to do something.
the leaders would
do well to treat you like a mollusc,
and you do well, to condemn
yourself to elimination.
Whoever wants to
can take his
lyre and climb to the nearest hill.
Isn't this what most people do anyway?
Don't they give this answer at every opportunity?
"What's it to me?"
The question is,
will anyone remain
will want to do something?
But do not ask me
to tell you
what should be done.
I had no such
I just wanted to open the discussion.
If you want, we
can work together
to look for the solution.
But it will not be easy.
We have a long way
until we get to this point.
We have to solve a problem.
And there are not
to solve a problem.
There is only one.
The other way is
to hide our
heads in the sand like the ostrich and
pretend there is no problem.
In other words
just as we
have been doing until now.
If we want to deal with the problem,
• we need first to understand it,
need to recognize the facts
that define its conditions,
• we need to analyse them,
need to search and, if we can,
find the causes of the phenomena,
have to agree on these
(and I consider this step very important and very difficult,
because you will see how those who are infiltrated from
the spirit of the system under which we live will react)
• then begin to make suggestions and
• discuss the possibility of solving the problem.
If we can succeed
in making this analysis
with a few pages of simple text,
we should be more than happy.