5 May 2008
Reappraising who we are and what progress means
The real issues ... are not technical or economic. The crisis we face demands a profound philosophical discussion, a reappraisal of who we are and what progress means.
The above is a quote taken from an article written by Monbiot. I think it encapsulates exactly the big challenge we are currently facing. We cannot hope to solve our problems through technology. We cannot hope to have our cake and eat it: no matter what clever tricks we come up with, trips destroy our environment, manufacturing destroys our environment, exotic foods destroy our environment, temperature control destroys our environment.
We can only hope to survive, if we can find less pleasure in consumption.
By no means am I anywhere near having reached that stage; on the contrary, through my work and my personal circumstances, I travel a lot. One more reason why I am desperately hoping for an urgent reappraisal.