Academic journal article Geopolitics, History and International Relations

Geopolitics of Quantum Buddhism:1 Our Pre-Hydrocarbon Tao Future: (No Breakthrough at the Rio+20 Summit)

Academic journal article Geopolitics, History and International Relations

Geopolitics of Quantum Buddhism:1 Our Pre-Hydrocarbon Tao Future: (No Breakthrough at the Rio+20 Summit)

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ABSTRACT.

From Rio to Rio with Kyoto, Copenhagen and Durban in between, the conclusion remains the same: There is fundamental disagreement on the realities of this planet and the ways we can tackle them. A decisive breakthrough would necessitate both wider contexts and a larger participatory base to identify problems, to formulate policies, to broaden and synchronize our actions. But, who in politics is sincerely motivated for the long-range and far reaching policies? This does not pay off politically as such policies are often too complex and too time-consuming to survive the frequency and span of national elections as well as the taste or comprehension of the median voter. Our crisis is deep and structural: it is a recession of courage, retreat of our ideas, all which leads us into a deep, moral abyss.

Keywords: Rio Summit, Greece, de-carbonization, reptilian complex, limbic drives, cerebral cortex, culture of species, cosmos, light, astrophysics, anthropotechniques, horizontality, quantum biology, Buddhism, Tao, technology, evolution, energy, quantum physics, Max Planck, defensive modernization, environmental holocaust, sovereign debt crisis, civilizational imperatives

1. Introduction

From Rio to Rio with Kyoto, Copenhagen and Durban in between, the conclusion remains the same: There is fundamental disagreement on the realities of this planet and the ways we can address them.

A decisive breakthrough would necessitate both wider contexts and a larger participatory base to identify problems, to formulate policies, to broaden and synchronize our actions. Luminaries from the world of science, philosophy, religion, culture and sports have been invited to each of these major gatherings. But, they - as usual - have served as side-events panelists, while only the politicians make decisions. Who in politics is sincerely motivated for the long-range and far reaching policies? This does not pay off politically as such policies are often too complex and too time-consuming to survive the frequency and span of national elections as well as the taste or comprehension of the median voter. Our global crisis is not environmental, financial or politico-economic. Deep and structural, this is a crisis of thought, a recession of courage, of our ideas, all which leads us into a deep, moral abyss. Small wonder, there was very little headway made at the 2012 Rio Summit.

Between the fear that the inevitable will happen and the lame hope that it still wouldn 't, we have lived... That what can be and doesn 't have to be, at the end, surrenders to something that was meant to be...

Is Greece (or Spain) lagging 20 years behind the rest of the EU or is Greece today well ahead of the rest of the continent which will face a similar fate two decades from now?3 Beyond the usual political rhetoric, this is the question that many circles in Europe and elsewhere are discreetly, but thoroughly discussing. In a larger context, the intriguing intellectual debates are heating up. Issues are fundamental: Why has science converted into religion? (Practiced economy is based on the over 200-years old liberal theory of Adam Smith and the over 300-years old philosophy of Hobbes and Locke- basically, frozen and rigidly canonized into a strict exegesis. Scientific debate has been replaced by a blind obedience to old dogmas.) Why has religion been transformed into confrontational political doctrine (holy scripts are misinterpreted and ideologically misused in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, the Americas and Africa)? Why have (secular or theological) ethics been turned from bio-centric comprehension into anthropocentric environmental egotism and ignorance (treating nature as property, not as a coherent system that contextualizes our very life)? Why - despite all our research studies, institutions and instruments - are our inequalities and exclusions widening? Why has freedom been reduced to a lame here-us-now choice to consume? Why does the achieved degree of our economic development and stage of our technological advancement not enable society for self-realization (to the contrary, our democracies are in retreat, our visions are exhausted and selfconfidence depleted, while the socio-cultural and political participatory base is thinning)? …

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