For today’s Provocative Question, Fandango asks:
What do you think are the three most pressing issues facing us today?
First off, Fandango, thank you for the nod.
I tend to see issues in tiers, starting at “global” and gradually getting narrower.
Top of my tree is man-made climate change. Because that’s existential. If we lose the planet, the human race doesn’t exist any more and nothing else really matters.
Frankly, I think it is an issue we already ducked, we lost by a default, and have already sealed our fate. The only reason I keep making an effort is as a delaying tactic, and I seriously doubt that what I do makes a whole lot of difference.
Incidentally, I see the refusal to wear masks during COVID in the same tier – it seems incredibly dumb to me that somebody is worried about protecting their civil rights in the face of a killer virus. But mostly I don’t see it as an issue – if somebody chooses to die rather than to wear a mask, I don’t really care.
I think that man-made climate change encompasses many other issues, too, by the way. Fairness, for one. Why should we consume more or less than somebody else? But even capitalism itself. Do we think there will ever be a time when protecting the planet becomes more important than making a buck? That’s why I think what I think.
Underneath that – there is a definite hierarchy here, since if we don’t exist, none of this matters – my big issue in the UK is electoral reform. Fairness. I want a situation where, if 50% of people vote for a particular party, then that party has a 50% say in governing the country. I concentrate on the UK here but, frankly, it applies to other countries too, not least the USA. We should all hang our heads in shame that our systems resort to trickery to get somebody elected.
And, of course, that “big” issue has many spin-off issues, too. For example, in the UK, the imposition of somebody as a hereditary Head of State. If our queen is so good, let her stand for president and be elected to the position!
I’ve probably said enough.