A HUMAN’S MOST FEARED ADVERSARY
It’s not unusual for the media to bring to our attention examples of the worst of human behaviour. While we can understand that good intentions can sometimes turn out to be anything but good, we can understand that it wasn’t deliberate. However, when decisions are made knowing something is harmful, what would we call that? Criminal behaviour? I wonder if such decisions can be classed as pre-meditated criminal behaviour?
In the past week three such cases have caught my attention…
“Dubbed “forever chemicals” because they do not break down in the environment and stay for years in the human bloodstream, PFAS was formerly the key ingredient in 3M’s popular fabric protector Scotchgard because of its unique ability to repel grease, oil and water.”
“The truth was that 3M possessed this knowledge for more than 20 years, and had spent two decades actively hiding, distracting or misleading those outside of 3M about this important public health matter,” court filings said.
Gary Douglas, lead counsel for the plaintiffs said, ‘We intend to reveal for the first time in open court the entire story of 3M’s role in causing likely the worst environmental disaster in the history of mankind.’
This is the link to the article- https://www.smh.com.au/national/58-billion-day-of-reckoning-looms-for-3m-over-toxic-forever-chemicals-20230203-p5chri.html
“The renovation dream killing Australia’s young tradies.”
“We spend more than $1 billion each month sprucing up our homes with shiny new kitchens and bathrooms.
But what’s not well known is many of the young tradies who cut up the engineered stone to make the benches and vanities we so desire have been handed a death sentence.
That’s because these man-made products contain silica, and its dust, when inhaled, is a killer.
In fact, over time it’s considered as toxic as asbestos.”
It’s alleged that one of the biggest manufacturers of the product was aware of the dangers. It’s also alleged that some government officials were also aware.
Here’s the 60 Minutes link- https://9now.nine.com.au/60-minutes/the-renovation-dream-killing-australias-young-tradies/ef86b3f2-1748-4907-9e7c-4af766157a3f
The AFL concussion lawsuit.
“Melbourne firm Margalit Injury Lawyers is taking action in the Supreme Court on behalf of the players, over concerns many will develop chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).
Former St Kilda captain Danny Frawley, who died in 2019 at the age of 56, was found to have stage two CTE, while the legendary Graham ‘Polly’ Farmer was found to have stage three CTE after his death later that same year.
Margalit Injury Lawyers managing principal Michel Margalit told News Corp… The firm already represents 30 former players. It is time for the AFL to be held accountable.”
“For too long these people have felt they have had no avenues for redress and they have not been properly understood or heard.
“It is now a matter of when, not if.”
Here’s the link to the article- https://wwos.nine.com.au/afl/news-2023-concussion-class-action-lawsuit-eddie-mcguire-reaction/ca606fba-d07d-486e-8e40-fcb3b4bbc8b3
#The movie, “Concussion,” starred Wil Smith (2015). Watch it if you can. It’s a shocking eye opener to what happens to some of these sports people.
It’s incomprehensible that humans treat other humans with such contempt, with such disrespect that they knowingly cause and/or create harm, even death. This would have to be the most diabolical of human behaviour. We can understand injuries or death resulting from an act of self-defence, to protect oneself from another’s intention to harm or kill, but we will never understand why people deliberately harm another for more profit, for more money, for more power. At its core is a covert selfishness in the extreme. I can now see why selfishness is considered to be the root of all evil.
It’s difficult to see the beauty of life during such manifestations of what is its opposite. Yet, we must, because there are far more good people in the world than not. What we are seeing is validation that all that is opposite to good, all that is opposite to love and peace, is being brought to the surface by the light of this millennium. Many more injustices will be uncovered in the coming months and years. In all this it’s important to keep in mind that this needs to happen, so they can be exposed and dealt with for what they are – the very worst and most unacceptable, the most intolerable of human behaviours towards other humans.
I urge you to not be discouraged as more of these injustices surface. We need to continue to be the good we want to see in others. Only in this way can we dissolve all that is less.