Forgiving the destructive tendency in everyone as climate chaos grows « Professor Jem Bendell
One of the questions I suggested we use for exploring our responses to the predicament of disastrous climate change was:
“With what and whom can we make peace with to lessen suffering?”
I called this the fourth R of reconciliation within the Deep Adaptation framework.
Part of this “making peace” and reconciling is forgiveness.
The human race has destroyed so much life on Earth and will continue to do so. Some cultures and countries have collectively been far more destructive than others and will continue to be for some time. Some companies are more destructive than others, as are some individuals. And they may continue to be so for some time.
Anger at this situation is understandable. More than that, such anger is a sign we are awake to the situation and that we care.
But then what do we do with that anger?
Some may look for whom to blame and develop hatred for whichever category of person they choose. Because they won’t be just hating one person, but a category of person.
Every category is arbitrary.
For instance, shall we blame and hate oil company executives?
Or those who invest in them?
Or perhaps our parents who have shares in pension funds invested in those same companies?
Or perhaps ourselves, for that gift we received from our parent’s profits from the dividends that helped us get a mortgage?