Re-Thinking Morality Amid Existential Threats: Old Issues Need a Fresh Outlook | #12


Debates about right and wrong have been around as long as humanity. But now, as we face existential threats to human civilization, it forces us to reconsider morality. Some values-laden issues (poverty, race, war, environment) have been around for generations or even thousands of years, but now are deeply intertwined with our ability to survive catastrophe. So now, our public conversations need to change so that people understand their new importance. And simply scolding people about morality doesn’t seem to work anyway. Today, let’s start a new chapter in the human story.


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Resources:


The Guardian, 1/13/21

Top scientists warn of 'ghastly future of mass extinction' and climate disruption: Sobering new report says world is failing to grasp the extent of threats posed by biodiversity loss and the climate crisis

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jan/13/top-scientists-warn-of-ghastly-future-of-mass-extinction-and-climate-disruption-aoe


BBC, 6/2/20

Extinction crisis 'poses existential threat to civilisation'

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-52881831


World Inequality Lab

https://inequalitylab.world/en/


Inequality.org

https://inequality.org/facts/global-inequality/


Oxfam International

5 shocking facts about extreme global inequality and how to even it up

https://www.oxfam.org/en/5-shocking-facts-about-extreme-global-inequality-and-how-even-it


New York Times Magazine, 7/23/20 The Great Climate Migration https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/07/23/magazine/climate-migration.html


Joy of Saving the Human Race, 8/24/21

COVID VACCINE BOOSTERS FOR THE MASSES?: Short-Sighted and Selfish. Beat the Pandemic Instead | #11 (about global vaccine disparities)

https://youtu.be/j22w3on1R2o


Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, Fact Sheet April 2020

Trends In World Military Expenditure, 2019

https://www.sipri.org/sites/default/files/2020-04/fs_2020_04_milex_0_0.pdf