How is democracy coping with “modernity”? Is the modern global society the Democracy we want, and the World in which the future generations would like to be born into? The youth, “generation z”, is challenging the generation in power to consider their interest in the future of the environment. They will have to take over as the next generation transits to economic and political power.
Peace, Liberty and Justice on Earth or “Heaven”?
Will there be a better place to establish peace among a plural, cosmopolitan, and global society? In a society where neighborhoods comprise a multicultural coexistence of plural communities, constructive dialogue between members is crucial for the promotion of peace, inclusive justice, and respect for all people’s liberty (human rights). Any distortion and subversion of the ultimate goal to achieve the maximum security of peace, liberty, and justice for the global society are tyrannical and an injustice to the global society (both to the future and current generations). There is neither second earth nor a first “heaven” to flee to. It is the negligence of the environment that has caused the conflict between the generations as they debate about generational justice.
“#FridaysForFuture is a movement that began in August 2018, after 15 years old Greta Thunberg sat in front of the Swedish parliament every school[-]day for three weeks, to protest against the lack of action on the climate crisis. She posted what she was doing on Instagram and Twitter and it soon went viral.
On the 8th of September, Greta decided to continue striking every Friday until the Swedish policies provided a safe pathway well under 2-degree C, i.e. in line with the Paris agreement.” –Source: FridayForFuture
The opportunity costs of the future generations
What kind of environment is the current generation willing to leave behind for the future generations and at whom’s costs are current liabilities being incurred and profits being earned? Those incurring higher costs may not be the payer of the cost, but the future generations. What does global society gain, if it lives at the very essential cost of future generations? How many measures of self-interest (if not selfishness), reciprocal behavior, and altruism is the optimal diet for the unlimited amount of wishes of the current generation?