TonyPrep wrote:There appear to be a lot of people on these forums, and others, who kind of get the picture but can't quite make it all the way. They can't see that we may well need to jettison all that we think is good about modern civilization (whether it is objectively good or not), in order to attain a durable society. The idea of infinite economic growth seems to underlie the opinions of most, even if they deny infinite economic growth.
Ever wonder why skepticism regarding human desire and a rejection of worldliness are underlying principles in so many world religions?
Perhaps it's because these tendencies truly are incredibly destructive to the long term survivability of our species, not to mention the corrosive effect it has on the individual's sense of peace.
Modern civilization is like a 1970s-era custom van with an airbrushed mural of a great city on the side and a bumper sticker that says "If it feels good do it!", except that when the van doors open, instead of the scent of sinsemilla, a cloud of exhaust from fossil fuel burning drifts out.