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A beautiful and thought-provoking film which no intelligent person can afford to miss

Posted by andycox1953 on June 8, 2011 at 9:26 AM 1289 Views

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9:27 AM on June 8, 2011 
An emotional and beautifully crafted film, 'Home' is a depiction of the environmental ravages wrought by capitalism. Much of it is filmed from the air, and this lends itself to the sweeping 'overview' perspective taken up the film. The interconnectedness of life on earth is amply demonstrated time and time again. Yet, for all that, 'Home' is deeply flawed because it fails to address the one question that screams out for an answer: WHY? Why does humanity behave as it does? Now more than ever, we, as a species, must know that our collective actions have consequences for this small blue planet we inhabit. Science is increasingly able to uncover the mechanisms at play in the man-made depredation of the natural world. So why do we persist with our destructive activity? It is surely not that we perversely desire an ecological apocalypse. There may be a few quasi-religious cranks on day release trudging the streets of Los Angeles who would welcome such an outcome. But for most of us, it is the 'goodies'; the cars, coffee and clothing, that flow from this destructive activity that make us passive accessories in this crime against nature. That, however, is not really the issue: Much of what we use in our everyday lives could be produced in far less environmentally destructive ways, and much is in any case not really needed. No, the actual reason why we persist in our rape of the earth without regard to the consequences is that the driver behind this activity is simply the pursuit of profit: All capitalist operations, whether state-owned or privately owned, must in the end seek to maximise income and minimise outgoings, and thus increase their profits. There can be no let up in this, no stasis: Those companies which hesitate in this relentless process of profit accumulation will go under, find themselves superseded or swallowed up by less scrupulous and more dynamic competitors. As resources become scarcer, this competition will surely intensify and exert an even tighter grip on the players in this game (or should I say, end-game). This is the reality: a brutal kind of evolutionary struggle in which genuine regard for the environment perversely bears an inverse relationship to increasing damage inflicted upon the environment. It is this state of affairs that is central to the destruction of our natural world. As individuals we may care passionately about what is happening to this planet. But as workers the world over, some of us more than others may, at the behest of profit-minded bosses, be compelled to undertake activities that are environmentally destructive. Similarly, as consumers, we may be compelled for purely economic reasons to patronise large supermarkets or chain stores, simply because their goods are likely to be priced far lower than those sold by small shops pursuing fair trade, local sourcing or any other 'socially responsible sales policy'. Hence what we really need to contemplate is a total 'root and branch' approach to the entire question, and here I would refer you to the arguments advanced passim on this site for a world wide democratically established society in which the means of production were commonly owned, in which goods and services were freely available, and in which money, profits and wages had no place.
For all that, 'Home' is a film well worth viewing. I would go further: If you have children, encourage them to do the same. After all, it is our children who will inherit the earth, and ultimately them who will determine which way the wind blows

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