Sustainable Energy Leads to Cultural Protection.
Sustainable Energy Leads to Cultural Protection –
If the world switches to sustainable and renewable sources of energy, this could go a long way in protecting very vulnerable cultures.
You have to understand that cultural protection should seriously be one of the highest values of humanity as a whole. We’ve made great strides in developing and championing the concept of political sovereignty.
Whether these people are united by language, religion, ethnic affinity, or some other point of distinction, they are entitled to determine their own political fate at some lever or other. The whole idea is actually a relatively recent political innovation. It seems like it’s something that’s been around forever. At the very least, it’s easy to assume that such thinking traces back or is born of the enlightenment, but it isn’t. This is relatively new.
For the longest time, people organize themselves based on a priest, a king, or some other arbitrary political figure or alignment. It’s only been recently where the whole concept of democracy on a group and individual level has gained any currency. In fact, in certain parts
There are many pockets of cultures here that are under pressure. They really are, and there’s really no other way to describe it.
We’re not just talking about pressure in terms of guns pointed at them, although that is the most obvious and surely the starkest. However, usually when things reach that point, we’re a day late and a buck short. We’re going to be faced with a refugee crisis and all sorts of humanitarian disasters. At that point, it’s just basically too late. I’m talking about something that precedes that by many decades, and this involves resource allocations and demographic movement.
Cultural groups, rightly or wrongly, live in certain parts of the geographic distribution, and oftentimes this flies the face of geopolitical lines. You have to understand that politics and economies often go on one track, while ethnic connections and language groupings go to another track.
If you want a good example of this, just look at the map of Africa. It may seem like there are all these nice lines that delineate where countries begin and end, but those are artificial lines. They’re not really based on anything except the European colonial powers slicing up Africa amongst themselves like a cake. That’s what that map reflects and manifests. It really is colonialism written large. An ethnic map of Africa would look completely different than those geopolitical lines.
The same applies to very diverse places like Southeast Asia. For example, Indonesia has many different language groups. How can it not when it has over 10,000 islands? It’s the same with the Philippines. It may seem like it’s united by Catholicism by and large, but there are many different ethnic groupings there if you determine ethnic differentiation along dialect lines.
There’s this seemingly fictional reality of cultural unity all over the world, but there isn’t. This is why sustainable energy, including the whole mindset and the political movement behind it, can help in protecting these different cultural groups because cultures tend to fragment over time.
That’s just part of the human experience, and any kind of legal and political protection, as well as military protection, has to take this into account. Otherwise, the bodies would just be too much to count. We’ll just be racked by guilt by all the unnecessary suffering unleashed by a dogmatic view of geopolitical lines, which are often bolstered by a lack of imagination as far as energy policies are concerned.