A long time ago, when this blog was first started, it was given the name "Love and the City" as a means of countering the lovelessness of Western society that was then popularly described by the TV series "Sex and the City". Of course, Western civilization has been extremely loveless at times throughout its history, most recently during the First and Second World Wars, but even during the peaceful times of the late Twentieth Century, the wholesale indulgence in selfish pleasures was actively promoted for its measurable economic spending, until love had become a four-letter word less heard than the word f**k.
When this blog was renamed to its current "Love and the Planet", it reflected the attainment of economic globalization that was plundering vital resources all around the world, without any attention to protecting, caring and nurturing the planet. Love, in case you are one of the billions who do not understand, is about the action of "protecting, caring and nurturing". The primitive emotion that is normally assumed to be love is nothing but the urge to act in this way. The ability to love and the urge to love are two different things.
Now where are we, in 2012? The planet is not being loved much more than 7 years ago. Obsessed with monetary economic issues after the global financial crash of 2007/8, ordinary folk abandoned higher aspirations in a scramble to repair their financial foundations. This has meant that all things green and eco and environmental have slid into an abyss deep into the Marianas trench. Literally, considering that James Cameron, the director of the Avatar, dived down there back in March. Loving the planet has been a lonely, unrewarded, struggle during the past few years, and being alone in the cold and dark at the bottom of the ocean is exactly what it has been like.
Today the entire globe is obsessed with European disintegration, as if Word War 3 had already started and now consists of launching missiles of proper accounting and fiscal probity. Boring. This distraction from vital issues has furthered the destruction of natural environments and habitats in the developing countries, eg the BRICs (Brazil, Russia, India and China), by diverting capital investments out of Europe and into anywhere but Europe and the West.
There is no better time than to re-launch this blog as Genius and the Planet. Only genius can restore love to a world such as this has become. There is very little genius about, and it is drowned out by the mediocre minds of blundering wanderers.