He’s not just a singer of children’s songs! He also networks to advance Child Honouring as a universal ethic for creating sustainable peace-making cultures.

The science on global warming is clear and compelling. Earth is in serious climate crisis. That’s why many writers have recently upgraded climate change to climate collapse, climate catastrophe, the long emergency. We need a new story to convey the threat.

[looks out the window. laughs hysterically]

But despite the best efforts of climate scientists and environmentalists to explain the dangers of climate inaction, political response is slow, most people don’t get the seriousness of the issue. CO2 emissions aren’t falling, they’re rising.

Experts use escalating phrases to describe climate change. James Hansen: “the coming climate catastrophe,” “our last chance to save humanity;” Gustav Speth: “system failure,” “looking into the abyss.” Lester Brown writes: “The signs that our civilization is in trouble are multiplying.”

That’s why we need a new lens and lexicon for conveying climate change as the greatest threat on Earth, a tragedy of epic proportions, especially for the world’s young.

A new “lexicon”? I’m thinking, a new con. A new angle.

Climate change is not one among many issues, it is the crisis, the greatest threat on Earth, the cumulative damage that has no partial remedy. It’s best addressed with systems change, beginning with belief systems learned very early. To cut pollution and GHG emissions for good, change personal belief systems. Start young.

This is where Raffi starts to creep me out.

The young have the strongest moral claim on climate action. It’s their future on the line. And they may hold the key to inspiring an emotional tipping point for critical mass.

We urgently need to embrace social and economic systems that constitute a culture of respect for children and their planetary habitat.

We need a stunning paradigm shift that stabilizes climate by reducing suffering and increasing joy. We may need a youth-led cultural revolution to get there.

The Khmer Rouge found the youth especially useful in their great leap forward.

In a manner reminiscent of George Orwell’s 1984, the regime recruited children to spy on adults. The pliancy of the younger generation made them, in the Angkar’s words, the “dictatorial instrument of the party.” In 1962 the communists had created a special secret organization, the Alliance of Democratic Khmer Youth, that, in the early 1970s, changed its name to the Alliance of Communist Youth of Kampuchea. Pol Pot considered Alliance alumni as his most loyal and reliable supporters, and used them to gain control of the central and of the regional KCP apparatus. The powerful Khieu Thirith, minister of social action, was responsible for directing the youth movement.

Hardened young cadres, many little more than twelve years of age, were enthusiastic accomplices in some of the regime’s worst atrocities. Sihanouk, who was kept under virtual house arrest in Phnom Penh between 1976 and 1978, wrote in War and Hope that his youthful guards, having been separated from their families and given a thorough indoctrination, were encouraged to play cruel games involving the torture of animals. Having lost parents, siblings, and friends in the war and lacking the Buddhist values of their elders, the Khmer Rouge youth also lacked the inhibitions that would have dampened their zeal for revolutionary terror.

The parallel here is indoctrination. Raffi is suggesting that our children be indoctrinated young, so they can bring about the social change he wants.

Raffi calls his specific version of socialism “Child Honoring.”

Putting children first involves restoring our planet

As an integrated philosophy, Child Honouring allows us to question everything from the way we measure economic progress to our stewardship of the Earth; from our physical treatment of children to the corporate impact on their minds and bodies; from unthinking consumerism to factory schooling. By honouring the child we honour the Earth, as we work toward a sustainable world.

I don’t know where to begin.

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3 Comments on “Raffi”

  1. beasn Says:

    No different than Hillary wanting your toddlers in state run preschools.

  2. JAM2 Says:

    “from unthinking consumerism to factory schooling. By honouring the child we honour the Earth, as we work toward a sustainable world.”

    wtf does that really mean?
    is he on the same drugs that M Jackson took?
    these ppl can’t even do long division… and they lecture the rest of us on how to think.

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