Thursday, October 16, 2008

extrapolate this to the next ten years . . .


. . . and you will rapidly see how fucked our "civilisation" is.

“ …I will describe the formation of life’s diversity as it is understood- with traversals- by most biologists. I will give evidence that humanity has initiated the sixth great extinction spasm, rushing to eternity a large fraction of our fellow species in a single generation. And finally I will argue that every scrap of biological diversity is priceless, to be learned and cherished and never to be surrendered without a struggle.”

Edward O Wilson - The Diversity of Life

“ There is as yet no answer as to what proportion of the land of a region can be developed as open farmland or forest without significantly perturbing either the local or global environment. It is like asking what proportion of the skin can be burnt without causing death.”

James Lovelock - Ages of Gaia

“So far the only way in which we humans prove our dominance is by expansion. We remain brazen, crass and recent, even as we become more numerous. Our toughness is a delusion. Have we the intelligence and discipline to resist our tendency to grow without limit? The planet will not permit our populations to continue to expand.”

Lynn Margulis - The Symbiotic Planet

The Fourteenth Book of Bokonon
[ A short book with a long title. [ 110 ] ]

Title: What Can a Thoughtful Man Hope for Mankind on Earth, Given the Experience of the Past Million Years?

Only verse: Nothing.

"The Maya of Central America . . . were among the most advanced and successful people of their time. But a combination of population growth, extravagant construction projects and poor land management wiped out between 90% and 99% of the population. The Mayan collapse was accelerated by "the competition among kings and nobles that led to a chronic emphasis on war and erecting monuments rather than on solving underlying problems". (Does any of this sound familiar?)"

- George Monbiot

"Our thesis is that the idea of the self-regulating market implied a stark utopia. Such an institution could not exist for any length of time without annihilating the human and natural substance of society; it would have physically destroyed man and transformed his surroundings into a wilderness."

- Karl Polanyi

"The verb "to grow" has become so overladen with positive value connotations that we have forgotten its first literal dictionary denotation, namely, "to spring up and develop to maturity." Thus the very notion of growth includes some concept of maturity or sufficiency, beyond which point physical accumulation gives way to physical maintenance; that is, growth gives way to a steady state."

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