Do we really want to diagnose and medicate everyone with “deficits in rule-governed behavior”?
Albert Einstein, as a youth, would have likely received an ADHD diagnosis, and maybe an ODD one as well. Albert didn’t pay attention to his teachers, failed his college entrance examinations twice, and had difficulty holding jobs. However, Einstein biographer Ronald Clark (Einstein: The Life and Times) asserts that Albert’s problems did not stem from attention deficits but rather from his hatred of authoritarian, Prussian discipline in his schools. Einstein said, “The teachers in the elementary school appeared to me like sergeants and in the Gymnasium the teachers were like lieutenants.” At age 13, Einstein read Kant’s difficult Critique of Pure Reason—because Albert was interested in it. Clark also tells us Einstein refused to prepare himself for his college admissions as a rebellion against his father’s “unbearable” path of a “practical profession.” After he did enter college, one professor told Einstein, “You have one fault; one can’t tell you anything.” The very characteristics of Einstein that upset authorities so much were exactly the ones that allowed him to excel.
|—||Bruce Levine, Ph.D. | Why Anti-Authoritarians are Diagnosed as Mentally Ill (via america-wakiewakie)|
Last week, the Pacific Island archipelago of Tokelau turned on the first of three solar-power plants. Once all three are online, it will be able to switch off it’s diesel generators. Meanwhile, not far away, Tonga is also undergoing a rapid transition to renewable energy. The first solar-powered plant it has switched on will help Tonga save 470,000 litres of diesel annually for 25 years. And that’s just the start of their plans for solar. Tokelau and Tonga are not alone in the Pacific - just about every Pacific Island nation has plans in action to make the switch from fossil fuel dependence to renewable energy. As the renewable energy revolution spreads across the Pacific ocean, there’s important lessons for the world:
1. Make fossil fuels more expensive and renewables will win. Getting diesel to remote Pacific Island nations is expensive, and it makes energy very expensive. If you read the reports for why the New Zealand Government funded the Tongan solar powered-plant, it wasn’t because it would be good for the climate. Actually the New Zealand Government’s recent performance on climate change is not pretty. Domestically, they have created new subsidies and opened swathes of new land to oil and coal mining. So the New Zealand Government is hardly a strong proponent of renewable energy - or of climate solutions. The reason it supported renewable energy in Tonga was because of the economics. Renewable energy is much more cost-effective than constantly importing diesel.
This is a great demonstration of how fast the global transition to renewables could happen if Governments got serious about putting a price on carbon pollution. Make economies pay the true cost for fossil fuels and renewables quickly start winning.
2. Take out the influence of the fossil fuel industry and leaders act on renewable energy. The Pacific Islands is kind of an annoying place for the fossil fuel industry - small economies and demand, spread far apart, and not much oil or coal to drill for. When you travel around the islands, the fossil fuel industry is still visible in the major towns, but it has nothing like the reach and influence they do in other parts of the world. This has meant that the fossil fuel industry is not polluting the airwaves with fossil fuel propaganda, it’s not lobbying so actively against climate change policies and renewable energy plans. Implementing solar-plants is not a simple process either, but without the destructive influence of the fossil fuel industry, leaders in the Pacific Islands have taken on the challenges of renewable energy and are ovecoming them.
Sure, the situation is always more complicated than these generalisations here (for example different scales of economies etc) - but both of these are important lessons and reassurances we can take - from the fact that the Pacific Islands are winning the renewable energy race. Now to help the rest of the world catch up: as a global movement we need to be pushing for genuine, non-corrupted pricing on carbon emissions, and campaigning hard against the fossil fuel industry to clear the airwaves of their fossilized influence and exploitation.
Fighting evil by moonlight. Selling propane by daylight.
In the name of the Moon, I will whoop your keister!
sit on it
Dream to vision…or is it vision of a dream or…
The skies are filling with giant humanoid forms tearing through the heavens in a mass motion of mechanical hopes hurtling towards oblivion, and he thinks, “At least I got to see them fly.”
What? What is it? Where is it? When is it? Who is it? Why is it?
Where do these dreams come from and why do they come when I am awake…
__turn and pivot back into -
Daniel writes, “It was the last days before Heaven fell to flame and the order we had built so carefully crumbled. When the very upholders of all things become the destructors of new intent…well it makes for a very strange experience and so I said to you, ‘You probably don’t want to be around when he reacts to all of this.’
So we ran. It wasn’t like there was much else to do. You either run into infinity or run with infinity or from it…not much in the way of intermediary options.
Memories. It’s most important that we retain our memories, I said, and that’s why we need to leave now because if we stay we will be caught in his vortex and we’ll lose even the barest sense of who, what, when, where, and why.
You were nonchalant and smiling when we started that long lop to the far edge of things and even in the distance the rising chaos was apparent in the escalating din of screams and explosions.
So we ran, and I still remember us moving fluidly across the Barrens and reaching the Break Wall and then?
I don’t remember what happened next.”