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Thought #16. One step forward, two steps back.

Life is perfect as it is, at least for people like me who seldom foresee a dismal and gloomy future. It is called having a positive attitude towards life. I called it a “Life Is Too Short” attitude. On the one hand, some individuals appear to be hardwired to love their own life whilst others seem to be prone to detest their existence. Consequently, attitude exerts a large influence on living life to the full.  There are, of course, people who occupy the middle ground and that is fine.

The crux of life is the resourcefulness of living beings to overcome all manner of hard times, tragedies and misfortunes, though this should not lead the reader to think that creatures are always hardwired to thrive. Dinosaurs died out millions of years ago and, according to the WWF, species as diverse as the Amur Leopard, the Mountain Gorilla or the Vaquita (the world’s most rare marine mammal) are on the edge of extinction.

How can we pave the way for a prosperous and enriched planet Earth? There is no easy answer to this question, at least not a definitive answer. Nevertheless, sustainable development could be an approximation to this challenge. I know full well that the moment the word “sustainable” is heard, a combination of boredom, scepticism and utopia immediately springs to any mind. Moreover, it has been thus far unable to effectively tackle global problems such as poverty or climate change.

Fortunately, a good many of lively people do believe in human brains (more than in brawn). Its phenomenal power has not been hindered by, for example, narrow-mindedness or pettiness. Seemingly, evolution continues unstoppable with the course of time. That is good news. We have not run out of time yet.

I must admit my lack of knowledge when it comes to reporting scientific advances. It is certainly not my field of expertise. So I am nowhere near understanding the origin of species, evolution, the causes of global warming or their effects on animal life. On the other hand, you do not need to be an expert to grasp the root of contemporary problems.

We are too many people: overpopulation. We overuse the natural resources: overexploitation. We do not believe in sustainable development: blissful ignorance. We do not take care of our environment: ridiculous foolishness.

After watching Planet Earth I & II, an astonishing TV series and a landmark in the history of nature documentaries, I do really love life, all sorts of life. No sooner had I started to watch the first series than my mind completely changed. For those who have an inquiring mind I strongly recommend binge-watching Planet Earth. Sir David Attenborough’s insightful comments will never disappoint a sensible and sentient person like you. Flippancy is not allowed. Only a couple of chapters and I promise you will end up watching it with rapt attention. Attenborough passion is buoying as a companionable friend.

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. One step forward, two steps back is not that bad.

Thought #5. Appearances can be deceptive.

The way something looks can sometimes mislead the viewer, making him get the wrong end of the stick. Appearances can be deceptive and often they are. 

Politicians have always lied, that’s a fact, a thing we can’t deny. Maybe that’s the reason why post-truth has recently become the Oxford Word Of The Year 2016 with Mr Trump and Brexit being the leading exponent of the collocation “post-truth politics”. 

We could define post-truth in layman’s terms as ‘the art of the lie’ although the politeness of the renowned dictionary has defined it as ‘relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief’.

The problem arises when such a term is the mainstay of political commentary. It seems like the concern about fake news has diminished among the public opinion. Its a perilous time for journalism, at least for the kind of journalism that does not aim to hit the headlines at any cost. 

In my opinion, freedom of speech and thought must prevail over the blatant lies that Mr Trump has spread countless times. Let me take Global Warming as an example to illustrate his behaviour. 

These are some random Trumps’ notorious tweets: 

    • 6 November 2012: “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive”.
    • 5 February 2014: “When will our country stop wasting money on global warming and so many other truly “STUPID” things and begin to focus on lower taxes?”
    • 17 November 2014: “The entire country is  FREEZING – we desperately need a heavy dose of global warming, and fast! Ice caps size reaches all time high.”
    • 18 February 2015: “Among the lowest temperatures EVER in much of the United States. Ice caps at record size. Changed name from GLOBAL WARMING to CLIMATE CHANGE”

Trump may come up trumps winning the presidential election but he who laughs last, laughs longest. Fortunately, facts and figures overcome Trump’s campaign against Climate Change (or Global Warming) treats. Taking a look at NASA’s “Global Climate Change” website would keep more than one mouth shut.

Appearances can be deceptive. It might be bitterly cold in the USA but it doesn’t mean that devastating weather events are happening in every corner of the globe. Please, don’t let those post-truth statements undermine your trust.