Listening to Wynn Bruce

The 6-3 decision by the Supreme Court conservative majority on February 28, 2022, questioned the legality of limiting carbon emissions to address climate catastrophe. Certainly, Wynn bruce chose self-immolation by fire on Earth Day 2022 at the steps of a conservative-led court to send a critically important message to anyone who would listen. I am listening to Wynn Bruce and am devoting this post to his life-affirming decision. This was a call to all, reminding us that we collectively choose to ignore impending doom’s certainty. This was not a suicide, this was a signal to each of us that inaction condemns this planet to certain extinction. This is not rhetorical excess, the fuse has already been lit.

By 1973, the fossil-fuel industry had already known that catastrophic climate change was a scientifically proven fact in the face of inaction; however, the scientists working from within the fossil-fuel juggernauts were silenced before this information could be made available. Positions of power among corporations leading the Fortune 10 would lose profits if truths were told. In 1973, a gradual change could have allowed all involved parties to move carefully and deliberately over several decades to prevent what is now imminent. The 11th hour has passed. History will not judge us kindly for our inaction, each of us needs to accept the responsibility for setting the Earth on fire. Bruce Wynn knew this, you should too. Self-immolators are prophets.

Capitalism has no mechanism for preventing global warming. Our billionaire class would never contribute the funds. The planet’s richest man has just spent 44 billion dollars in cash to own a social-media diversion, our short attention span prefers diversion. Do not expect him to spend a fraction of that cash to reduce carbon emissions. Even if he were inclined to lean in that direction, the highly conservative Supreme Court does not speak for the future generations who will be incinerated by proxy.

Civics is an obsolete word. In 1973, it could still find currency among an educated public and an enlightened electorate. Civic responsibility is as solidly demeaned as the despised word “woke.” Something to smirk about on what is now the social outlet owned by the planet’s most wealthy asshole. Twitter is a place to play your fiddle while waiting for mega deaths to become burning banalities. A 6-3 majority at the Supreme Court of the world’s most influential indecision makers assures that those of us who appreciate the caliber of Bruce Wynn’s character are doomed to silence. Civics is as dead as our future generations.

I do not mince words, nor do I wish to fiddle among Neros.

Thanks for reading.

Author: Bill Ziegler

I am a former resident of Delhi Township. These are memories of my life and times in that community during the 1950s and 1960s. A time capsule.

7 thoughts on “Listening to Wynn Bruce”

  1. Dear Bill,

    I have discussed in great detail all of these issues in my extensive and analytical post entitled “💬 Misquotation Pandemic and Disinformation Polemic: 🧠 Mind Pollution by Viral Falsity 🦠“, which has been greatly improved and expanded, and which you can easily locate from the Home page of my blog.

    Gathering all the diverse and important strands together in the grand finale of the said post, I have attempted to sum up and reflect deeply the state of affairs with hard truths in the said post, especially in the last section named “Denouement: Democracy, Education, Legislation & Sustainability“, which has also been expanded.

    The various issues that you have highlighted aside, there is a great deal that can be analyzed and revealed regarding where we have been and what awaits us. The final section of this said post, named “Denouement: Democracy, Education, Legislation & Sustainability“, specifically discusses those matters. Please kindly let me highlight an excerpt from the said section as follows:

    Saving and rehabilitating humanity via superior education and improved legislation aside, we also need the political economy of saving the planet by combining ecosystemic principles, human rights principles and democratic decision-making whilst tempering market logic and neoliberalism, which are still consistently allowed to prevail at the expense of human rights and autonomy to the detriment of liberty, sociocultural capital and ecosystemic integrity. Yet the entrenched and insidious issues presented by the waning of and assault on democracy, decency and critical thinking have loomed even larger, thus continuing to thwart many efforts mounted to curtail socioeconomic problems and environmental degradations. Subjugated by the resolute optimism of capitalism and propelled by the individualistic tone and materialistic tenor of expansionary business behaviour and free-market economics, the overriding paradigm is still one of pegging, pitting or pitching environment against economy, and hedging, hemming or hawing about environmental security, conservation commitment and sustainable development, even when facing the stark choice between terminating self-destructive profligacy and overconsumption by design or by disaster. Prioritizing short-term profits and portfolios for stakeholders, investors and corporations has severely compromised the long-term future and viability of society, humanity and ecosystems. Any meaningful shifts in political will and indispensable socioeconomic investments of sufficient scale to meet “the Challenges of Avoiding a Ghastly Future” remain insurmountable hurdles as long as unrestrained misquotation offensives and financed disinformation campaigns persist to promote, protect or prolong improvident behaviours, incompetent administrations, ill-considered legislation, injudicious governance, inimical policies, short-term profits, and unsustainable practices or lifestyles. Since there continues to be disagreement on the extent of the environmental impact of human activities, environmental protection measures are not merely debated, challenged and changed but also vulnerable to being influenced by misinformation and disinformation, especially those spread by science deniers and climate change sceptics as well as actors, agents and front organizations deploying the tobacco industry playbook, false flags, troll farms, astroturfing, fearmongering, smear campaigns and media manipulation.

    I look forward to your much esteemed thoughts and feedback there.

    Yours sincerely,

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  2. Dear Bill,

    Continuing the spirit and tenet of your excellent post here, I would like to add that we humans are often too absorbed in our own affairs to notice two big elephants in the room: speciesism and anthropocentricism. Both are highly entrenched, and both are very widespread and often unacknowledged forms of prejudice, discrimination and bigotry. Despite years of fleshing out the (conceptual, philosophical, ethical, practical and/or social) framework in examining the possibility or plausibility of environmentalism meeting the needs and expectations of all humanity to help us to survive as a species, fundamental progress is still far too slow.

    As you probably already know, we are already in the midst of the Sixth Great Extinction. If you are interested, the main issue is twofold: speciesism and anthropocentricism. Until we critically deal with the main issue, even environmentalism in all its diversity may not suffice to turn things around, as discussed in my multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary post entitled “SoundEagle in Debating Animal Artistry and Musicality” at

    🦅 SoundEagle in Debating Animal Artistry and Musicality ðŸŽµðŸ•ðŸŽ¶ðŸ’🎹🐘🖼🐬🎨

    Being simultaneously witty and serious about a number of outstanding issues, the said post actually ventures far beyond whatever its title may suggest or mean to any reader, especially in the very long “Conclusions” section. Please note the ISEA Model that I have devised to analyse and describe the Instrumental, Spiritual, Pro-Environment and Pro-Animal/Plant perspectives.

    Like nonbinary sexual identity and transgender issues, interspecies interactions and communications are also very special in that they can and tend to transcend many boundaries and expectations imposed by human customs and belief systems. Perhaps you have heard of or studied such disciplines as zoo-anthropology or anthrozoology?

    I welcome your input and am curious to know what you make of my said post. Given your very own backgrounds, interests, insights and expertise, I am certainly very keen and curious about what you will make of my said post entitled “SoundEagle in Debating Animal Artistry and Musicality“, and I look forward to the pleasure of perusing your esteemed feedback there.

    Yours sincerely,

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  3. Dear Bill,

    Indeed! Wynn Bruce, one of our fellow Buddhists and most ardent environmental activists has recently passed away by sacrificing and burning himself to death outside the US Supreme Court on Earth Day (22 April 2022) in protest of climate inaction and of the court’s decision on the case of West Virginia versus EPA, a case that could limit or revoke the ability of the United States Environmental Protection Agency to regulate carbon dioxide emissions, for the conservative majority on the court has indicated that they may do so. Please read the following for more details:

    Yours sincerely,

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Very glad that you have been following Wynn Bruce. Most people would not even give a shrug.
      Making it illegal to act proactively to prevent a certain climate catastrophe is as twisted an evil as I can imagine. Thanks for the details, SoundEagle

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  4. Reblogged this on billziegler1947 and commented:

    billziegler1947 is not about a Bill Ziegler who was born in 1947. Not about him; it is a vehicle to provide support for the downtrodden and the dishonored — such as Mother Earth. I am merely the driver. Unfortunately, simultaneous attacks of Crohn’s, psoriasis, and writer’s block have kept Bill on the sidelines. At the moment, he is feverishly writing about Catastrophic Climate Collapse. This reblog serves as a necessary prologue to the return of billziegler1947, vegan and climate activist.


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