Reconciling Individualism and Collectivism in the Information Age - Improving Social Cohesion and Human Solidarity in the International Community
Dear All, 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 over 3,600 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. 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 families and the Global Community. 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. The crash death rate is over three times higher in low-income countries, than in high-income countries. The problem is that people are expected to drive and own a car, being a prerequisite for many jobs; as well as giving a person status and prestige in society – propagated by car companies like Ford, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, General Motors, Stellantis, Toyota, Nissan, Honda, Dongfeng, FAW, Chang’an and Tesla (TSLA) - which are shielded by corrupt and powerful politicians. People get rewarded by society for having a car, but have to take many drawbacks into account, if they do not drive a car. The main reason why the religion of car driving emerged in 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. Consequently the number of car accidents also increase; millions of them fatal. Also, environmental pollution caused by over 1.4 billion cars in the world increases by the day. Because of the car industry people are increasingly falling victim to the rat race; an endless, self-defeating pursuit - which increasingly kills People. Action is needed to convince politicians to curb the influence of the car industry and save lives; in particular financial and ecological incentives - such as a Basic Income Guarantee (BIG) and the creation of sustainable social-economic Ecovillages - so that people can circumvent the car industry, traffic injuries and the rat race; and still be able to provide for themselves and their families.
- Publication Date
- Oct 11, 2021
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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."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)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."Clean environment is a human right, UN council agrees" / Human rights council also appoints special rapporteur to monitor impact of climate crisis on rightsThe 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 :)THE JAPAN TIMES: "Japan to boost aid to children seriously disabled due to traffic accidents" / This is certainly a step in the right direction by Japan, which the International Community should follow - in particular the US, Russia and Austria.GUARDIAN: "Spoof billboard ads take aim at BMW and Toyota over ‘going green’ claims‘ " / Subvertisers’ hijack 400 posters in Belgium France Germany and the UK to satirise what they claim are misleading ads by carmakers.Carmakers use marketing campaigns to promote oversized SUV models that are no solution – they’re too big and their tall bumper size and excessive weight present an increased risk to pedestrians especially children involved in road collisions.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.Hence it's imperative that a Basic Income Guarantee (BIG) is implemented in the International Community - so that people will have the option of not using fossil fuels. It's imperative that ALL politicians in the world support this initiative.European Commission - Competence Centre on Foresight / A Basic Income Guarantee (BIG) would unleash creativity and encourage new work forms that would reduce unemployment, underemployment, and work-related health risks.It should also be noted that there is an element of inevitability to road traffic deaths and injuries. Car companies and automobile organisations claim that if drivers cyclists and children would heed their advice, most accidents could be avoided.Although this notion by car companies is not entirely false - it's not true either - as cars, bicycles and human bodies crumble like paper during most car accidents - as evidenced by empiric data. Hence we must aim to have less cars in the world. Period.TIMES OF ISRAEL: "Liftoff: Israeli startup’s ‘flying car’ aces first test" / AIR says its AIR ONE aircraft a two-seater eVTOL vehicle performed ‘flawlessly’. So this is certainly the way to go to provide more safety and space for pedestrians and drivers.ALJAZEERA: "Formula 1 in the skies: could flying cars soon be a reality?" The world’s first flying car race could make futuristic vehicles an everyday reality. So this is the road to take to provide more safety and space for pedestrians and drivers :)