Earth Manifesto Mysteriously Materializes – A Potential Game Changer
HANNIBAL, MO. --- August 12, 2017
A providential foresight-honoring Earth Manifesto has been
launched into the public arena that contains wide-ranging understandings
designed to spark positive change in the world. All the essays in this
manifesto can be found online, as well as in one of twelve handsome books
available at generously discounted prices from the print-on-demand
publisher Lulu. This compendium of ideas and insights has been set
forth by Dr. Tiffany B. Twain, who is a great admirer of Mark Twain and fancies
herself to be his philosophic soul mate.
The most important of these incisive progressive perspectives
are included in See Clearly – Sanity in Insane Times - Book Twelve of
the Earth Manifesto. This compendium of understandings spells out
how an epic con has been foisted on the American people, which is described in
detail as the biggest financial fraud in world history. This scam is a crony capitalist swindle that
seriously undermines democratic fairness and betrays the well-being of people
in future generations. This set of
schemes has involved driving up the national debt by more than $19 trillion
since 1981 to finance regressive tax cuts that have disproportionately gone to
wealthy people, simultaneously creating socially harmful and risky extreme
inequalities in the USA today.
Compounding this scam are initiatives that allow giant corporations --
the organizational tools that help concentrate wealth in the hands of the few
-- to socialize many costs by externalizing them onto taxpayers and millions of
individuals who are harmed in the process.
See Clearly also contains a powerful perspective in “My
Country, Right or Wrong” about true patriotism and both Mark Twain’s and my
own incisive understandings about loyalty and patriotism.
Another of the most important
collections of ideas in this manifesto is contained in Common Sense Revival
- Book One of the Earth Manifesto. These
ideas are a distillation
of forceful ideas that emulate the plain truths expressed in 1776 by Thomas
Paine in his influential pamphlet Common Sense. These
observations represent an overarching worldview that includes an entire
constellation of supporting ideas and sound and salubrious recommendations for
a healthier and more sustainable future.
These understandings have been evolving for many years, but
have assumed greater urgency in light of the intense political turmoil that has
resulted from the national elections held on November 8, 2016. It is crucial to recognize how
seriously the political establishment in the U.S. has betrayed the American
people in the past few decades by allowing institutional bribery and Dark
Money to facilitate a long train of despotic abuses in national policies
related to taxation, political representation and personal liberties. These were the three main issues that our
Founding Fathers regarded as being most important when they declared
independence from Great Britain over 240 years ago when they launched our great
American experiment in democratic governance.
This manifesto contains a farsighted blueprint on how to
make the world a better place for all by taking our country back from this
opportunistic and power-abusing political establishment. It is appropriate for the vast majority of
Americans to feel righteous indignation at the current state of the status
quo, and it is our right, indeed our duty, as our Founders asserted in the
Declaration of Independence, to throw off such despotic rule and take bold
steps to provide new guarantees for the general welfare of the people and
safeguards of our future security. This
is how we will be able to create truer liberty, fairness and justice for all.
We are at a crucial crossroads in global
politics, and the American people would be wise to avoid a Brexit-like break
with the international community, in contrast to the agenda being pushed by
President Trump, and to resist the retrogressive plans of conservatives in
Congress. Some of the numerous reasons
for this stance are discussed below.
Donald Trump has given powerful voice to
millions of Americans who feel well-justified anger and frustration at lost
jobs and the outrageous extent to which our economic and political systems are
rigged in favor of the overly privileged few.
The American people should thank Senator Bernie Sanders for his much
more honorable voicing of support for farsightedness and democratic fairness of
representation, and for the passionate concern he expresses for the well-being
of working people and those in the middle class. Bernie Sanders is also to be commended for
his championing of greater fairness toward the disenfranchised and the
downtrodden, and for his proposals to take action to reduce the rash extremes
in inequality that are being foisted on people through wrongheaded national
priorities. Trump is much narrower,
having appealed primarily to beleaguered white workers and rich conservatives,
and he has acted like one of the worst demagogues in history by making
scapegoats of immigrants, and by stoking people's fears and exploiting racial
prejudices and taking rude advantage of sexist attitudes -- and doing all of
this to gain domineering power.
Wake up, my fellow Americans! A serious mistake has been
made in allowing Trump to seize power by demagogic means, scaring people and
exploiting their feelings of frustration and resentment, for he is acting like
an arrogant despot and threatening to cause severe economic disruptions by
promoting aggressive protectionism in international trade and other potentially
calamitous conflicts. His reckless
regressive plans to slash taxes on rich people and corporations would
dramatically worsen inequality in our society, even though increasing
inequality and associated heightening injustices are among the biggest risks to
most people’s current and future well-being in the USA and around the world
The insightful billionaire entrepreneur Nick Hanauer
makes it crystal clear that "middle-out economics" would be a much
safer and more positive course of action, as expressed in his provocative TED
talk and article, The Pitchforks Are Coming … For Us Plutocrats. He
states: "You show me a highly unequal society, and I will
show you a police state. Or an uprising.
There are no counterexamples. None. It’s not if, it’s
national elections held in November 2016 were a watershed moment in our
country’s history, for the competing ideologies of Republican politicians and Democratic
politicians have hardly ever offered a more extreme contrast. The prescriptions proposed by conservatives
and progressives are radically different, as revealed in the Democratic Party
platform, which has never been more progressive, and in the Republican Party
platform, which may never have been more reactionary. On top of this, extreme intransigence by
Republicans in the U.S. Senate in refusing to consider President Obama’s
well-qualified nominee to replace Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia after he
died suddenly in office in February 2016 has led to the radical inequity of a
replacement justice being forced on the American people in April 2017 who is
further right than almost every conservative ever on the high court, including
current Justices Anthony Kennedy, John Roberts and Samuel Alito. This Trump nominee, Neil Gorsuch, is even
further right than Antonio Scalia was himself.
The 5 to 4 majority of conservatives on the Supreme Court before Scalia
died were responsible for the Citizens United
ruling, which overturned decades of precedent and a century of practice
involving limits on the power of big money in politics. That Supreme Court also eviscerated the
commendably fair Voting Rights Act of 1965.
These actions and others were targeted to undermine the prospects of
legislation aimed at protecting the rights of citizens and workers and
consumers, as well as the health of the environment, in favor of corporate
prerogatives. The Supreme Court’s conservatives
have generally favored employers over employees, creditors over debtors,
property owners over less affluent citizens, and big corporations over
individuals. I strongly believe that We the People need to prevail in this
struggle over whether government will be able to serve as a countervailing
force to concentrated economic power.
is a demagogic power-abuser whose stances, character and reactive temperament
are simply too risky for the American people to allow him to remain in
office. His efforts to deport millions of
hard-working immigrants, and to slash legal immigration, make him doubly
dangerous, because immigrants actually contribute greatly to
many American industries like agriculture, restaurant services, construction
and numerous categories of generally low-paid jobs. Another red flag should be seen in his
fascist-plot-like vision of significantly increasing the military and police
and deportation forces, and of engaging in racial profiling, and in his
vindictive readiness to crush opposition by using intimidating lawsuits to
suppress criticism and prevent public participation and silence those who
engage in the freedom of expression.
Additionally, Trump is unacceptably dishonest, and he represents
irresponsible positions on issues like his opposition to reforms that would
limit the corrupting system-rigging influence of Big Money in politics, and his
sycophantish stance in opposing any sensible gun regulations. The grounds for removing this illegitimate
president from office are coming into focus as his connections with Russian
interference in the election outcome are becoming clear and his widespread
conflicts of interest and numerous scandals unfold.
The eminently respect worthy Dalai Lama
said at the Vancouver Peace Summit in 2009, “The world will be saved by the
western woman.” Many well-qualified
women have answered this call to action in American politics. Let’s give them a better chance in all future
election contests! We should give women
fairer opportunities in our political system and choose leaders that understand
issues in more forward-looking, sensible and fair-minded ways. It is unconscionable that only 21 of our 100
representatives in the Senate are women, and an even lower percentage of women
serve in the House of Representatives. A
very strong correlation exists between these statistics and gender
discrimination that is built into our political system, media coverage and
My philosophic great-grandfather on my
mother's side was the estimable writer and humorist Mark Twain, who admirably
played an active role in opposing American aggression abroad in his role as the
Vice President of the Anti-Imperialist League.
He had become disillusioned about the true motives of the U.S. in the
Philippine-American War from 1899 to 1902, so he bemoaned war as "a wanton
waste of projectiles", according to the insightful correspondent John
Nichols. But, notably, Mark Twain's
"deepest disgust was reserved for politicians who played on fear and
uncertainty to promote the interests of what would come to be called the
Today, Trump has
exploited people's insecurities and anger at the establishment to gain power,
and he has done
this in more selfish and egregious ways than almost any demagogue in history,
right up there with red-baiting Senator Joseph McCarthy and genocidal Nazi
dictator Adolf Hitler. Mark Twain would be horrified, if he were
still alive, to see how wantonly humankind is wasting the resources of the
world on weapons and standing armies and violent conflicts and the global “war
on terrorism” -- and on perks for the wealthy.
Today, more than a century after Mark Twain lived, and long after
a frenzy of fascism caused the most horrific spasm of worldwide war in human
history, reactionary right wing movements with staunch anti-immigrant agendas are roiling politics in
nations around the globe.
Trump milked an insidious strain of
ideology, emotion and fervor to help him seize power. He combined absurd promises to build a
“beautiful wall” along the entire U.S./Mexico border with stoked hostility
against immigrants and Muslims, and added in disingenuous gambits that exploit
unbridled ethnic nationalism, climate denialism and unwavering support for
increased domestic fossil-fuel production.
Politics in France and Germany are also embattled by similar right-wing
anti-immigrant political parties that are antagonistic to many agreements to
limit carbon emissions and protect the environment. It is deeply
irresponsible to deny and ignore the gathering risks of climate change and
rising sea levels, and to thus act as lousy stewards of Creation, and to
sacrifice future well-being on the altar of privatized profits, socialized
costs, deplorable political expediencies, and extremely materialistic and
Trump's anti-regulation rhetoric and
staunch support for fossil fuel industries and advocacy of huge new tax breaks
for rich people would undermine protections of the environmental commons that
is a foundation of future well-being.
Trump is proving to be one of the worst leaders in the world for his
refusal to agree with the leaders of more than 190 other countries to make
efforts to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and mitigate the impacts of
resulting changes in the global climate and rising sea levels.
Trump evokes a dark and dystopian vision of
the supposedly pathetic state of the U.S. military and the “worst ever ever
ever” plight of African Americans, and the unmitigated disaster of
international trade agreements, and the hyped-up existential threats posed by
“radical Islamic terrorists”. He uses
this sophistry and his “Make America Great Again” sloganeering to set up an
unreal “social trap” in which he claims to be the best and only possible
savior, even though his proposals and plans would be highly likely to be
social, economic, geostrategic and environmental disasters.
Barack Obama once stated that the American
people need to be told the truth, and I sure do agree. Bigger and more comprehensive versions of the
truth need to be told. In bizarre
contrast to this vital democratic exigency, con man Trump "tells it like
it isn't", and does so with an air of certitude so brazenly confident that
millions of gullible people think he is actually telling the truth, the whole
truth and nothing but the truth. In
reality, his proclamations weave simplistic half-truths and deeply deceptive
lies and emotionally manipulative insinuations in a shrewd way that motivates
many people to think that he might just be a good leader -- despite his long
history of unethical business dealings and his stoking of people's prejudices
and anger, and his dangerously demagogic, narcissistic and reactive
character. These nefarious qualities and
his antagonism to immigrants and refugees have made the majority of people in
nations around the world fear the ascendance of this madman dictator-wannabe to
the most powerful position on the planet.
Trump has taken this pathetic course of
gaining attention, notoriety and power by despicably fanning the flames of
white nationalism, racial bigotry, xenophobia, sexism and religious
discrimination to satisfy his ambition to grab power. His blatantly unhinged and unethical tactics
make it clear that he will abuse the power of the presidency in ways that will
harshly violate the Constitution and rules of law and democratic
fair-mindedness and environmental sanity and the moral good.
History will judge right wing ideologies
harshly, just as it has judged Nazi fascism in the light of infamy. The
lens of consequential ethics makes it clear that championing policies that
exacerbate inequalities and social injustices is wrongheaded, and that
antagonism to the rights and well-being of racial minorities and women and
immigrants and refugees is morally misguided. And history will prove conclusively
that excessive exploitation of natural resources is dangerously shortsighted,
and that staunch opposition to precautionary action on climate change is deeply
disrespectful of the hopes for future prosperity. History will also prove
that policies that ignore intelligently farsighted adaptive measures that would
mitigate the ecologically destabilizing impacts of unregulated greenhouse gas
emissions into the atmosphere are foolish because they subject people in future
generations to calamitous hardships and “natural disasters.”
The Department of Defense has repeatedly
called climate change a “threat multiplier” that will require far-reaching
humanitarian or military intervention because it will lead to more severe
storms that threaten cities and military bases and cause rising sea levels that
will imperil coastal habitation and infrastructure. Early in 2016, the
Pentagon ordered its officials to start incorporating probable climate change
impacts into every major consideration. In a hard-to-believe contrast,
Republican leaders in Florida have tried to prevent even the mention of climate
change in order to promote narrow ideologies, and Trump is now telling staff in
the Environmental Protection Agency similar stupid things. This refusal to discuss the risks of
anthropogenic alterations of natural ecosystems, or to honestly take
responsible actions, is one of the most preposterous head-in-the-sand denials
ever, despite the certainty that precautionary action is well advised to
mitigate climate disruptions. This is especially ironic in Florida,
because it is one of the most vulnerable states to catastrophic impacts of
increasing global temperatures and rising sea levels and intensified storms.
The overwhelming top priority of Republican
politicians is to secure low taxes on the rich. This value is
preposterously misguided in light of crucially more important priorities like
making our communities healthier and our societies safer, fairer and more
sustainable -- and of ensuring a more providential legacy to all people in
future generations. This distorted value can only remain entrenched
because of the institutional corruption that our political system and the
Supreme Court have given to moneyed interests. If we want to "take
back our country", the place to start is to guarantee fairer
representation to the people, and to prevent ideological crusaders for low
taxes on the rich from having excessive influence on our national
decision-making and budget setting and law-making. One pathetic consequence of Republican
propaganda and priorities is that the very rich are getting richer in the USA
while American children have the highest level of poverty of almost any major
country on earth, and young people have outrageous levels of student debt, and
revolutionary unrest is simmering across the land.
Ideas like these are contained in the Earth
Manifesto, along with an astonishingly comprehensive array of philosophic
perspectives and penetrating psychological insights and farsighted points of
view and enlightened recommendations and spiritual revelations and humorous
asides and entertaining tall tales and even outstandingly healthy and tasty
recipes. Check all this out at
Dr. Tiffany B. Twain passionately articulates an extraordinary
worldview in this manifesto, and believes that these ideas could transform our
societies into happier, saner and more peaceable ones. A central idea in this manifesto is that
it would be a providential good plan for humanity to begin to demonstrate much
greater respect for Mother Earth by making courageous commitments to effective
means of protecting the health of Earth’s providential ecosystems and the
diversity of life on the planet. To this end, a detailed Bill
of Rights for Future Generations has been created to help guide our
activities and make sure that they are sustainable for a longer period of time,
and that our actions today do not rashly ignore the anticipated needs of people
in future generations. Intelligent Precautionary Principles have
also been enunciated to help focus our national priorities and give us clearer
guidance to a more propitious future than current trends portend.
A revolving focus has created many entertaining and
enlightening essays in these writings, and one of the best is Huckleberry Finn, the Forty-Niners Gold
Rush, and Sensational Related Reflections.
Check it out online right now, and contemplate the riff on hydraulic
mining and legal decisions in the United States. Mark Twain loved to spin greatly exaggerated
yarns, and Tiffany Twain uses her own rich imagination to tell some tall tales
of her own. Some years ago she took particular pride in her Tall Tales, Provocative Parables, Luminous
Clarity, and Evocative Truths: A Modern Log from the Sea of Cortez. Author John Steinbeck would have
approved! There are also cogent
perspectives in the essay, Tyrants and
Damsels and Associated Incisive Insights.
And crucial foreign policy understandings are contained in Reflections on War -- and Peace!
There is a wonky side to Tiffany Twain's introspections into
existence, as epitomized by her creation of a 45-parameter Sustainability
Index that was developed to provide a clear snapshot evaluation of the
status of the sustainability of human activities. This Sustainability
Index measures progress or regress with regard to hopes for humanity to live in
sustainable ways on our home planet. This Index began flashing an
ominously cautionary red warning signal in May 2013 when measurements of the
concentration of the heat-trapping gas carbon dioxide in the atmosphere high
atop remote Mauna Loa volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii exceeded 400 ppm for
the first time in human history, tipping the Status Evaluation rating of the
Sustainability Index to a more dangerous level.
many essays in the Earth Manifesto contain philosophic explorations, incisive
insights, penetrating political and economic analysis, creative proposals,
feminine perspectives, poetic appreciations, and a fair share of deep
introspections and ruminations. Most of
these ideas are at least tangentially oriented toward a good marriage of
humanism and awareness of human responsibility, and of smart long-term
understandings with a clear emphasis on the ecological importance for us to act
as better stewards of Earth’s habitats and ecosystems.
times require Big Ideas, higher purposes, broader perspectives, better
leadership and more responsible actions.
The essays in this manifesto grapple with the most important issues that
face our nation and the world today.
Their farsighted understandings coherently and creatively combine
economics and politics with philosophy, psychology, progressive thinking,
common sense, and spiritual illumination to propose auspicious ways
forward. This manifesto contains
specific plans for improving our country and the world by making our
communities healthier, our economy more stable and sound, and our societies
saner. Excellent ways are also proposed
for us to begin to more sensibly safeguard the environment, ensure the
longer-term sustainability of vitally valuable natural ecosystem services, and
conserve the resources that are crucial to humanity’s current and future
flourishing and survival.
In light of the economic, social,
political, financial and ecological challenges that confront us today, many
Earth Manifesto essays explore Big Picture perspectives of these dilemmas. One of these pieces is a clarion call for
smarter planning titled Climate Change
Considerations, Carrying Capacity, and Ecological Overshoot. Provocatively creative explorations of big
issues and entertaining ideas are also made in Transcendental Musings: A Bugle Horn Sounds for Solidarity of Purpose,
and in Revelations of a Modern Prophet.
Ultimate mysteries permeate existence, so
perhaps it is appropriate that this manifesto has mysteriously materialized in
our midst, springing forth as if fully formed like Athena, the Goddess of
Wisdom, from the forehead of Zeus. In
actuality, this manifesto has been evolving continuously since before September
11, 2001, and it has incorporated unfolding events and new perspectives and
developments as they occur.
has been more than 240 years since the Second Continental Congress adopted the
Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.
In many key aspects, the years from 2001 to 2017 have been an economic
and political fiasco for the United States.
It is now a good time for us to consider how to ensure that our nation
really helps foster and preserve individual freedoms, civil liberties, human
rights, national security and social well-being. And at the same time, it is crucially
important that we make committed efforts to achieve a greater modicum of more
fairly shared prosperity, social justice, community well-being, good governance,
fiscal responsibility, intelligent planning priorities, and ecological sanity.
well-being of life on Earth is being threatened by conservative ideologies, and
by wasteful consumerism, excessive greed, unbridled corporatism, economic
desperation, and the overharvesting of natural resources. A “Living Planet Report 2014” revealed that
the average population sizes of more than 10,000 species of mammals, birds,
reptiles, amphibians and fish have declined by more than 50% over the last 40
years. This stunning news should shake
us all into alert awareness, and provoke us into supporting farsighted action.
would be eminently wise for us to respect the healthy condition of Earth’s
ecosystems and adopt an every-day-is-Earth-Day attitude. Policies and behaviors are needed that are
more considerate of the general good and broadly-shared prosperity in the long
run. Unfortunately, “Change you can
believe in” is being torpedoed by the powerful influence of entrenched interest
groups and the overriding impulse of domineering conservatives. It is becoming increasingly clear that our
economic institutions and international trade agreements should be restructured
to eliminate misguided policies and perverse incentives that our
representatives have put in place to give most of the benefits of the economy
to the top 1% of Americans. Our system
of democratic governance itself should be re-invigorated to purge it of the
dysfunctional aspects that give overweening power to big corporations and
lobbyists and influential wealthy conservatives.
that are merely bureaucratic should be reduced, but fair-minded rules and
regulations that protect people from pollution and health hazards should be
safeguarded, and intelligent new incentives and disincentives should be put in
place to foster the greatest good for the greatest number of people over the
longest period of time. The basic
criteria for determining what contributes to the public interest and the common
good should be an honest assessment of what is consequentially most fair,
wholesome and likely to be sustainable.
One particularly compelling line of thought that underlies the
ideas in many of these writings is that the human race is ill advisedly
“fleecing the future” with our short-term oriented and unsustainable
activities. Powerful interest groups are
converting natural resources to cash as quickly as they are able, despite the
fact that common sense tells us we should be honestly treating our home planet
like a thriving and lasting concern, rather than like a business in
We are collectively acting as if we are unaware, or in denial,
or lacking in the most basic tenets of conscience and morality. Must we not tread on the Planet more
gently? Must we not treat other people
more fairly? Wouldn’t it be wisest for
us to strive with more sustained commitment to finding ways of protecting our
Constitutional civil liberties?
Shouldn’t we be demanding that our business and governmental
institutions give fairer consideration to the common good and the well-being of
people today AND in future generations?
Earth Manifesto commemorates and celebrates the wonders and beauty of our home
planet. It strives to advance a bold
revolution against the subtle madness that characterizes the world in its
compulsive busyness, wasteful consumerism, laissez-faire exploitive capitalism,
cost externalizing schemes, excessive risk-taking, bubble economic policies,
harsh inequities, reactionary religious fundamentalism, wrongheaded purposes,
stimulated fears, uncontrolled population growth, and policies that provoke
terrorism and encourage aggressive militarism and repression in response.
General Douglas MacArthur once said, “I believe that the
entire effort of modern society should be concentrated on the endeavor to
outlaw war as a method of the solution of problems between nations”. Shouldn’t we give greater weight to these
words, and reflect this consideration in our public decision-making and foreign
policies? Shouldn’t we strive to more
effectively marginalize extremism and dedicate ourselves to creating societies
that are more mutually secure by making the world more just?
need to look beyond the ‘good old boys’, and beyond the conflict between the
ideologies of liberals and conservatives.
We must look deeper than the cultural conflicts between stereotypically
strong, authoritarian, discipline-oriented, domineering and paternalistic
father-figure paradigms, on the one hand, and more cooperative parental
instincts that are oriented around fairness, sensible protections, and
empathetic understanding, on the other.
Where should we look? --- Directly to the important principles set forth
by our Founders. Our true American
values are those that have been cherished since the original 13 colonies
declared independence from Great Britain in 1776. Colonial imperialism by the British had given
our forbearers a powerful motive to establish a democracy that fairly
represented all citizens. A new nation
was brought forth upon this continent that was to be governed by a Constitution
and a Bill of Rights and rules of law that maintain idealistic and humanistic
principles of Liberty, Justice and the promotion of the General Welfare. These great founding documents included
powerful protections of free speech for all people, and freedom of worship and
other guaranteed rights. They also
reflected a valid distrust of abuses of power, so they included a robust system
of checks and balances within the federal government, and between it and the
years have passed since the Constitution was ratified. In this interregnum, a commendable number of
progressive advances have been made to protect citizens from the worst
characteristics of ruthless capitalism.
Laws and regulations have been established and reforms have been made to
create important protections of privacy, public health, safety of the food
supply and pharmaceutical drugs, workers’ rights, investor protections, civil
rights, and the health of our enveloping environment.
progressive advances stand above the opposing influence of entrenched interests
that are vested in the status quo. The
purposes of these advances have been to remedy the social ills associated with
modern urbanized industrial civilization and to mitigate the corrupting effect
of Big Money in our economic and political systems. Misleading information, deceptive propaganda,
institutionalized bribery, unethical dirty tricks in elections, and dominating
ideologies and inflexible conventional beliefs are working against these
progressive advances. In particular, the
insecurities and fears of the American people have been manipulated by
“movement conservatives” and the subsequent rise of risible Donald Trump, and
the anger, frustrations, biases, nationalistic impulses, fears and sheepish
gullibility of many people are being exploited to advance a retrogressive
agenda in both domestic and foreign policies.
need fairer national policies that wholeheartedly champion honest openness,
truer justice, genuine freedom, sensible moderation, democratic governance,
fair-minded representation, peaceful coexistence, and ecological sanity. Faith in reason must prevail, and we should
make a passionate commitment to greater good goals. This faith must be informed by smart
priorities, empathetic understandings, good neighborliness, Solon-wise
compromises, and proportional responses to threats.
This manifesto is, foremost, about the
Earth and our inextricable interconnectedness with her biological communities
and her miraculously providential ecosystems.
These words concern a true understanding of the inter-dependencies of
our species with healthy natural habitats and the undiminished biological
diversity of life on Earth. We are
slowly coming to the realization that we simply must give our beautiful home
planet much more respect, in order to assure our own flourishing and
There is an enormous amount of money to be
made by ignoring these overarching understandings. A huge amount. But this fact does not alter -- even one iota
-- the transcendent truth that we must give more far-reaching protections to
planet Earth’s providential terrestrial and aquatic commons and to the health
of the ecosystems upon which our human prosperity and survival depend.
Life on Earth is amazingly resilient, but
it is also vulnerable to rapid changes.
The lessons of history tell us that the remarkable diversity of life on
Earth should be conserved and protected for our own sake, and for the sake of
our descendants. We cannot indefinitely
sustain wasteful, damaging and depletionary activities the way we have been
doing, so egregiously, and at a rapidly accelerating rate, for the past 250
years since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution.
Tiffany B. Twain is the author of the Earth Manifesto. She writes with optimism and a cheerfully
bemused but vigilantly concerned tone.
She provides scathing insights into the unjust and foolish aspects of
human societies worldwide. She professes
to be a wise Depth Assessor, and an indirect descendant of the famous author
and humorist Samuel Langhorne Clemens, a.k.a. Mark Twain. She asserts that what the world needs now is
a deeper connection to ancient human roots, and a greater clarity of
perspective, and a more respectful appreciation of the natural world.
observations -- and many, many more far-ranging ideas -- are explored in this
lengthy manifesto. Readers are urged to
think for themselves about the ideas it contains, and to do their own part to
contribute in some way to the improvement of conditions in the world. We can, indeed must, do better!! As Dr. Seuss’ Lorax said, ‘UNLESS someone
like us cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not!’
For more information, contact Dr. Tiffany B. Twain at SaveTruffulaTrees@hotmail.com.
Feedback is welcomed!