I woke up this morning to the full force of Storm Desmond. Every weekend in the last month we have had a Storm that deserves a name. The weather is relentless.
I switch on the TV and see floods in Peru and Chennai. In Svalbard they are short on snow in December. Australia faces the worst heatwave and drought on record.
There is no longer any doubt that mankind has altered the weather patterns on Earth. Yet at the Climate Talks in Paris the politicians will continue to dither and prevaricate. They won’t make the hard economic decisions that are needed to arrest the pace of climate change.
Politicians are too worried about the next election to make decision that will affect our great grandchildren. But we, the voting public, have the power to change this dynamic. As a species we need to place the common good over individual desires. Not an easy ask.
Perversely it is centrally planned utilitarian states who can make unilateral decisions for the common good. China and the one child policy being a case in point. Imagine trying to impose such a restriction in the USA?
So to other events on the goggle box this morning. Famine in Yemen, Civil unrest in Ecuador and Venezuela. San Bernadino laments another mass shooting and ISIL claims responsibility. Britain, France, Russia and the USA queue up to drop bombs in Syria.
In the back of my mind I heard the words of the Prophet singing the verses of his 1960’s vision. Yes folks, forget Nostradamus. Listen to the words given to us by Bob Dylan. The recording below is brilliant because it is so flawed. It is real, visceral, truthful. The live recording in New York Town Hall carries all the hallmarks of unedited live performance. You can hear when Dylan turns his head slightly away from the mike.
On top of that this is a Vinyl recording, complete with hiss and cracks and there is even a scratch on the record. Pure class.
You heard it from Dylan, A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall