I am featuring today a great article by Samuel Alexander, author and a research fellow of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute at University of Melbourne and a founder of the Simplicity Institute. You can read this very informative article here: If everyone lived in an ‘ecovillage’, the Earth would still be in trouble. Believe me, pretty much everything it says is worth reading.
It outlines what are called “the defining questions of our time”. Unfortunately, like so many other informed voices in the arena of humanity’s present and future predicament for avoiding a messy and unpleasant extermination of our species, it does not even mention the real problem or issue, the proverbial elephant in the room, that towers in an over-shadowing way above and beyond every other consideration.
Let me say the dirty word that ‘nice’ people, even concerned academics, never mention (I haven’t mentioned it either recently, but it is never very far from my mind) –
There. Now, it is out of the bag and you can either switch off like everyone else does, or you can think about what that means for a while. Everything else, every other possible ‘solution’, every other ‘plan’, ‘scheme’ or ‘practice’, pales into insignificance in comparison to the impact of this single, one, unitary, thing.
Why can’t the world see that? Why can’t even those who expend so much time and effort to try to get us to change our ways, see that?
“There Are Just Too Fucking Many Of Us Living On The One Planet”
I give up. It’s hopeless. Nothing else matters. May as well drop everything else (I won’t, of course).