Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Saw this posted on Facebook

From a colleague. The Guardian offers forum for Debate:

Is there any point in fighting to stave off industrial apocalypse?

The collapse of civilisation will bring us a saner world, says Paul Kingsnorth. No, counters George Monbiot – we can't let billions perish.

I add my brief thoughts/wonders:

Coincidentally, on this morning's dog walk, I was wondering if the wealth of American Society has so divided our individual wants and needs, meaning hypothetically mine from yours, rich from poor, black from white, one neighbor from another, etc., that we are incapable of coming to a common solution until a catastrophic economic collapse returns us... Read More all to a more basic level of Maslow's hierarchy of needs.

Or perhaps it is that a necessary majority aren't on a similar level of need vs. want, rather we are scattered across the spectrum, unlike a wealthy country such as Denmark that is predominantly all "middle class." Ironically, I suppose, they have a hundred functionally operative political parties to our two.

In the end, as with many questions, I tend to find myself in agreement with Monbiot.