Does it continue to strike anyone else (in depressing ways) as we listen to the news that affluent societies are hopelessly conflicted (and that only in their better moments!) by motivational cross purposes?
What I mean by that is this. We are conditioned to want and celebrate good economics. Low unemployment, rising levels of wealth, anything that wards off or prevents the all-dreaded recession. And yet if I was purely motivated only toward carbon footprint reduction, I am forced in that environmentally conscious mindset to see ominous and damaging implications in all those same things that I moments before was celebrating. An economy that is ramping up and “getting busy” as it were means more of all the damaging things that sells away our environmental future.
Of course large corporate institutions turn an understandable blind eye to all that since they can only know and worship one mantra: grow or die. It’s the only life approach that has sustained them (if indeed they are among the survivors) for these last centuries. Mere sustainability = death in their minds (and with some justification). Nobody is in business to get smaller (or even stay the same apparently). Hence the need for governments to break up big monopolies - a battle that government has been soundly and roundly losing by any possible perspective. We don’t have any way in any of our economic models to shrink in any non-catastrophic ways. For all of our study of economics and all the experts out there on these things, how could such a gaping hole in our knowledge persist for so long? [It would be a bit like struggling up a mountain, and only later learning from your great height that no controlled descent is possible. Your only way to get back down is by falling off cliffs - walking down is deemed impossible.]
I know. Nobody is supposed to talk like this. It’s fighting against that god-word: progress. And nobody, I repeat nobody is ever against that!
There, my smiley face is pasted back on, and brain turned back off again so that I can resume the idiotic corporate intravenous drip-feed that we’re all so addicted to as we use it to talk to each other here.
Have a great day everybody!
-Your daily pick-me-up from Merv