Phoenix in the ashes
When Chile exploded, people pouring onto the streets this October (and ongoing since then), the metro stations, buildings and buses burnt. A large modern public transport and road network was quickly jammed with smoldering vehicle shells.
If that sounds a little counterintuitive—why burn the systems poorer people rely on because of a 30 peso ticket price rise—it was a reaction to 30 years of deep inequality and difficulty. The divide between rich and poor had become intolerable.
As one person put it to me “I’m so proud, we’ve woken up”.
Yet, amidst the tear gas grenades, water cannon charges and a million people on the street, there is great beauty too.
This video, A harpist on a burnt-out bus, is just one example.
We are seeing this all around the world. Climate strikes. Chile, Haiti, Hong Kong, the Lebanon and Extinction Rebellion globally are all part of the same phenomenon.
At the same time our capacity and capabilites to fix this for everyone have never been greater. It’s quite clear that there are more than enough resources, technology and financially competitive solutions, not just for us, for healthy meanigful lives and to address our environmental circumstances too.
For more see Transformations from October to December, this year, here>