I got it! It’s displacement.

I was having a very hard time understanding the giant popularity of action packed Killer Video Games and the ongoing abundance of vampire and horror films. Particularly since the reality of the global conditions are dire, scary, horrific.

In psychology, displacement is an unconscious defense mechanism whereby the mind redirects affects from an object felt to be dangerous or unacceptable to an object felt to be safe or acceptable.[1] For instance, some people punch cushions when they are angry at friends; a college student may snap at his or her roommate when upset about an exam grade.
Displacement operates in the mind unconsciously and involves emotions, ideas, or wishes being transferred from their original object to a more acceptable substitute. It is most often used to allay anxiety. From Wikipedia.

What could be more dangerous and unacceptable than the demise of humanity? The loss or a job or income? The decline and fall of American Pre-eminence in the world? Maybe the loss of white racial superiority in the US? Absolutely understandable for people to escape into fantasy games where they are all powerful and can kill and destroy by whim. And there are those not into technological escapes but chemical. Drugs and alcohol are abundant and regularly abused. (Not to mention mucking up tranquility across the border.) Reality can be discomforting.


I think that the only way we can get out alive (well in the short term, life after all is terminal) is being alert and personally responsible. Your wisdom, your clear faculties, your creativity and your loving engagement are urgently needed.

I am very much influenced and mobilized by Dr. Sylvia Earle, Oceanographer in Residence with National Geographic Society, world renown diver and author.

I am not willing to give up on you and the rest of humanity.

I am focusing now on my home community: San Diego. I’ve begun a program called Vision2020 SanDiego, to alert and mobilize this community to evolve to a thriving environment in spite of the multiplicity of hazards we humans have created.

I invite you to work with me toward our global future. Ideas, referrals, donations, even well wishes are valued. Together we can build a future we can look forward to, not fear.


Bigger Picture Please

Time Magazine June 21st, 2010 issue.

Letter to the Editor.

Global Health, Global Aid, Compassionate Philanthropists…All laudable.

All very well and good. The results of the Malaria “plague” are deeply distressing. Stumbling politicos and greed are also distressing.

But: Bigger Picture Please.

What is (Mother) Nature’s functional reason for Malaria? What is the net result of its presence here in Eden? And AIDS?

All the other diseases we battle vigorously and compassionately? When we win, what do we win?

Within our closed global life support system, disease functions as a balancing force to keep populations under control.
The primary reason for ALL global environmental, even social problems is OVER POPULATION.

Keeping more babies healthy and alive is, on the surface, very laudable. Our hearts are moved by the wonderfully human emotion of empathy. But what of the next phase? How do we keep them healthy? What do they have to eat? Where do they live? What of their many children?
We do have a very short attention span and don’t think of the results of noble causes.

I am not demeaning compassion. But. My compassion is tempered by asking the next questions.
And here at home, particularly here in San Diego, companies are working will all due speed to eliminate ALL diseases. What good is immortality on a world barren of resources that have been exploited mindlessly?

What is the result? A dying planet. Simple. By ignoring and interfering with Nature’s delicately balanced Systems, which have been evolving for billions of years, we have thrown them out of balance and place a dire threat on our own future.

A small issue, multiplied by 7 Billion (people) has a major impact on the limits of Earth’s Life Support System.

If we are to survive as a species, which is in question, we must learn to understand natural systems and work in harmony with them. We must learn also to balance the sweet emotion of compassion with the cool wisdom of an aged (4.5 Billion years) and supremely wise Mother Earth… or goddess GAIA, if you prefer.

To a wise and evolved human species, living and thriving in harmony with each other and the living Earth.

Marv Lyons

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