Reconciling Individualism and Collectivism in the Information Age - Improving Social Cohesion and Human Solidarity in the International Community
The number of annual road traffic deaths has reached 1.35 million. Road traffic injuries are now the leading killer of people aged 5-29 years. The burden is disproportionately borne by pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists, in particular those living in developing countries. Every day, almost 3,700 people are killed globally in crashes involving cars, buses, motorcycles, bicycles, trucks, or pedestrians. More than half of those killed are pedestrians, motorcyclists, or cyclists. Between 20 and 50 million more people suffer non-fatal injuries, with many incurring a disability as a result of their injury. Road traffic deaths and injuries cause considerable economic losses to individuals, their families, and to the International Community as a whole. These losses arise from the cost of treatment as well as lost productivity for those killed or disabled by their injuries, and for family members who need to take time off work or school to care for the injured. It is estimated that fatal and nonfatal crash injuries will cost the world economy approximately $1.8 trillion dollars from 2015–2030. The crash death rate is over three times higher in low-income countries than in high-income countries. The problem is that every person is expected to drive and own a car, being a prerequisite for many jobs in today's world, as well as giving a person status and prestige in society – not having a car causing a loss in prestige and limitation in job possibilities. In short, a person gets rewarded by society for having a car, but has to take certain drawbacks into account, if one does not own and drive a car. One of the main reasons why the religion of car driving emerged in human society, is because of humanity’s fixation of unrestrained mobility, leading to a constant rush and obsession with speed. Hence the number of cars constantly increase in our world; and consequently the number of car accidents also increase; millions of them fatal - as well as the environmental pollution caused by over 1.4 billion cars in the world, which is increasing by the day. Constructive action is needed to persuade the global community to use cars much less and save lives – such as a Basic Income Guarantee (BIG), so that people will have the option of not driving a car and not using fossil fuels, and still be able to provide for themselves and their families. Therefore it is imperative that a Basic Income Guarantee (BIG) is implemented in the International Community.
- Publication Date
- Oct 11, 2021
- Social Science
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- By (author): Mark O'Doherty
Live Science: "The Milky Way Is Totally Twisted" / New research finds that at the edges of the galaxy, where the pull of gravity weakens, the shape of the Milky Way warps.Discover Magazine: "Why Is Our Universe Filled With Spirals?" / From hurricanes to galaxies, spiral patterns seem omnipresent in our universeScience X: "Study finds that patterns formed by spiral galaxies show that the universe may have a defined structure" / Observations of geometrical patterns of more than 200,000 spiral galaxies suggest that the universe could have a defined structureThat our universe is filled with spirals and twists – and that spiral patterns are omnipresent in our universe – substantiates the concept of evolution as a whole, I think.Namely that we do not evolve by moving in circles, and are not condemned to a perpetual existence of repetition – but should rather follow the example of the universe, and evolve in a more spiral and fun way.So this may well be a divine message by the universe to us – in particular our very own Milky Way – to break linear thinking habits and encourage creativity, to further human evolution.Healing the International Community - Reducing the use of cars and fossil fuels in the International CommunityThe number of annual road traffic deaths has reached 1.35 million. Road traffic injuries are now the leading killer of people aged 5-29 years.Every day, almost 3,700 people are killed globally in crashes involving cars, buses, motorcycles, bicycles, trucks, or pedestrians. More than half of those killed are pedestrians, motorcyclists, or cyclists.The problem is that every person is expected to drive and own a car, being a prerequisite for many jobs in today's world, as well as giving a person status and prestige in society – not having a car causing a limitation in job possibilities.One of the main reasons why the religion of car driving emerged in human society, is because of humanity’s fixation of unrestrained mobility, leading to a constant rush and obsession with speed.Hence the number of cars constantly increase in our world; and consequently the number of car accidents also increase; millions of them fatal - as well as the environmental pollution caused by over 1.4 billion cars in the world.Constructive action is needed to persuade the global community to use cars much less and save lives – such as a Basic Income Guarantee (BIG), so that people will have the option of not driving a car and not using fossil fuels.Therefore it is imperative that a Basic Income Guarantee (BIG) is implemented in the International Community - to improve public safety, social cohesion and harmony in our global community."How Many Cars Are There In The World in 2021?" / There are about 1.446 billion vehicles on Earth in 2021. Most of the cars in the world are in Asia. North America is in third place with total vehicles, behind Europe.WHO | World Health Organization / Every year 1.3 million people are killed as a result of a road traffic crash. 50 million more people suffer non-fatal injuries, with many incurring a disability as a result of their injury.CDC: "Road Traffic Injuries and Deaths - A Global Problem" / Every day, almost 3,700 people are killed globally in crashes involving cars, buses, motorcycles, bicycles, trucks, or pedestrians.The Lancet: "The global macroeconomic burden of road injuries: estimates and projections for 166 countries" / Road injuries are among the ten leading causes of death worldwide and also impede economic wellbeing and macroeconomic performanceThe Guardian: "Greta Thunberg tells world leaders to end fossil fuel madness" / The burning of fossil fuels is the biggest driver of the climate emergencyScientists predict catastrophic impacts unless deep cuts in emissions are made rapidly, but global emissions are still rising.The massive car industry, oil drilling and the overall exploitation of the planet are among the main reasons for massive carbon dioxide emissions, and global warming.So I think let us start with basic, fundamental things of making human life more eco-friendly - such as socio-economic reforms, by implementing a basic income guarantee around the world.Healing Austria – Restoring the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Freedom of Press and a Basic Income Guarantee (BIG) in the Republic of AustriaPeople which need to make a greater effort to restore the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in the Republic of Austria: SPÖ Parteivorsitzende Pamela Rendi-Wagner, Kanzler Alexander Schallenberg, Grünen-Chef und Vize-Kanzler Werner KoglerNEOS – Das Neue Österreich und Liberales Forum: Parteivorsitzende Beate Meinl-Reisinger / NÖ Landeshauptfrau: Johanna Mikl-Leitner (ÖVP) / Wien Landeshauptmann: Michael Ludwig (SPÖ)Universität Wien - Juridicum, Universität Wien - Fakultät für Psychologie, Institut für Soziologie - Universität Wien, FH Salzburg, FH Joanneum Graz, FH Vorarlberg, FH Wien, FH St. Pölten, FH LinzWIFI Österreich: Wirtschaftsförderungsinstitut, ARBÖ: Auto-, Motor- und Radfahrerbund Österreichs, ÖAMTC: Österreichischer Automobil-, Motorrad- und Touring Club, Bundesministerium für Soziales und Gesundheit: Bundesminister Wolfgang MücksteinMagistrat der Stadt Wien: Magistratsabteiliung 40, Amtsführender Stadtrat für Soziales und Gesundheit: Peter Hacker, Lower Austria: Bezirkshauptmannschaft Neunkirchen (NÖ)World Health Organization (WHO) "The enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic or social condition."The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) / "Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services.The right to life, the right to social security and the right to an adequate standard of living are acknowledged by the member states of the United Nations in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Articles 3, 22 and 25.1)Therefore it is imperative that lawmakers and politicians in Austria finally make an effort to guarantee fundamental human rights and basic health insurance, by implementing a Basic Income Guarantee (BIG) in the Republic of Austria.Basic health care and fundamental freedoms - including freedom of press and expression - must finally be ensured in the Republic of Austria.GMX: "Van der Bellen entschuldigt sich und nimmt neue Führung in die Pflicht" / Nach dem Rücktritt von Bundeskanzler Sebastian Kurz will Vize-Kanzler Werner Kogler mit Alexander Schallenberg ein "neues gemeinsames Kapitel" aufschlagen.Gegen Kurz und neun weitere Verdächtige wird wegen des Verdachts der Untreue, Bestechung und Bestechlichkeit ermittelt.Times of Israel: "After quitting amid corruption probe, Austria’s Kurz names FM as successor" / "Austria’s Kurz joins list of EU leaders tainted by corruption claims"Several leaders forced out in last decade for offenses including illicit real estate deals, interfering in a murder investigation and having a mistress misuse military intelligenceAustria’s outgoing chancellor Sebastian Kurz joins other European leaders who have had to resign over corruption claims during the past 10 years. Here is a recap.Human Interest"Israeli-American Joshua Angrist among trio to win Nobel Prize in Economics" / Professor awarded prize for his work on unintended experiments; taught at Jerusalem’s Hebrew University and at Harvard before his current position at MIT"Clean environment is a human right, UN council agrees" / Human rights council also appoints special rapporteur to monitor impact of climate crisis on rightsThe UN’s main human rights body has overwhelmingly voted to recognise the right to a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment as a human right.The Guardian: "Met decision to drop Prince Andrew inquiry ‘no surprise’, says ally" / Source close to royal speaks as Met says it will take no further action over Virginia Giuffre’s allegations of sexual assault"Priti Patel’s fury as Johnson blocks public sexual harassment law" / Home Office fears PM views aggressive targeting of women and girls as ‘mere wolf whistling’ amid moves to create specific offenceBoris Johnson personally intervened to torpedo attempts to make misogyny a hate crime. It emerged, however, that Tory peers and MPs plan to defy Johnson and push ahead with attempts to change the law.The ORF ("Austrian Broadcasting Corporation") has about 67% propaganda. Although a bit of a propaganda machine, the ORF is a very cute Austrian public service broadcaster, with some very charming and cheerful presenters - both men and women :)It's just that they are being used as eye candy, to manipulate and indoctrinate the Austrian people, so that the Austrian government can lead them like a herd of sheep :) In short, the ORF is a bit of a propaganda tool for the ÖVP, SPÖ and FPÖ Party.In other words, the ORF is the primary apparatus of the state to enforce the status quo in Austria - and not furthering equality, equity and a BIG enough ("Bedingungsloses Grundeinkommen"). But I'm sure in due course of time that will change :)STANDARD: "Politikwissenschafterin Prainsack: Wir müssen die Impfpflicht jetzt begraben" / PULS 24: "Politikwissenschafterin: Müssen Impfpflicht begraben" / "Angriff statt Argumente: Putin-Diplomat im Interview" / "Liveblog zum Ukraine-Krieg"HEUTE: "Helene Fischer packt aus: "Verabscheue ihn zutiefst" / Putin-Soldat ergibt sich, übergibt Panzer zu Spottpreis" / "NATO njet, EU da – Putin soll neue Forderungen haben" / It's imperative that the fighting finally stops and Russia makes Peace.