But don't give up yet.
It seems the 99% all over the world is waking up to realize what has been done by us to us. Waking to the threat to our livelihood, to our very lives. We know the enemy, he is the extreme unequal us. The enemy is our application of a gift, intelligence, to whatever whimsey and frenzy imagination can point without consideration of consequences. That goes for economy as well as ecology.
As should be all too clear after centuries of fighting wasteful and ever more cruel wars, the answer is not violence, not force, but a change of mind, a change of heart.
We are not superior beings' we are part of, not in control of nature. We must rethink our place in the All of this planet. We must again live within our means.
That will not be easy because we have become addicted not only to oil, as a previous president said, but addicted to a life style that is extraordi- narily extravagant. A balanced level lies well below the American life style. We must learn again that a simpler life is a richer life. We need fewer things. more insight and compassion, less worry and more joy.
That is no new lesson, it is the oldest one there is.
Recommended minimum resources
economy: Green History of the World, the environment and the collapse of great civilizations. Clive Ponting, - 1991 -- full of figures and statistics
ecology: The Sixth Extinction; the patterns of life and the future of humankind, Richard Leakey and Roger Lewin, - 1997 -- many sciences.
Note that both these books were written more than ten years ago. Since then all the signs of imbalance these authors discuss have worsened by considerably more than 10%. That means the inevitable ending of these out-of-control imbalances is nearer than ever before.
Imbalances balance themselves, our role as humans is to stay out of the way, let go, stop controlling.
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