The Problem Is Human (Systems)

At risk of seeming to further the YouTube “non-revolution“, this short video clip reveals the source of the problem. More proof is found here (image). I can’t even imagine a world that is like that, yet it’s all over the planet now.

This seems to be the winter of my discontent. It’s been very cold outside right now, about -10 most nights. Fortunately, there isn’t any wind blowing, otherwise it would be much worse.

Several days back, at about 6:30 am, my neighbor came over and pounded on my door. He need to “borrow” some firewood. He had utterly failed to provide for any winter wood for himself and his family this year, just like last year and probably like next year.

If I had said “No”, I would have condemned him and his wife to death. This cold snap was to last for a week or so, and freezing to death is now a real possibility for those that do not have any heat.

Do I have enough wood? I don’t know, I didn’t plan on heating my neighbors house last summer when I stockpiled my winter supply. We’ll see, but I won’t let it endanger my own household. How could I?

But this situation is but a microcosmic reflection of how everything else in the world is going and the mainstream thinking (or lack thereof). The mistaken and misplaced belief (faith) that human shortsightedness is somehow “forgivable” (and survivable). Yeah, we made mistakes in the past, but we’re going to (somehow) fix them now. Yeah, right. Prove it.

The planetary ecosystems are headed for a cataclysmic crash, taking us with them, and people are still in complete and total denial as to its root cause. Their faith is in the here and now and what they have known in the past. How could it change? There isn’t any danger. So what if the oceans are dying? We’re still here, aren’t we?

It is this type of “sunshine” thinking that has wintered my soul. The mistaken belief that things will always continue as they have before, irrespective of the growing body of facts and evidence that resoundingly contradicts this belief. We’re all living on the depletion curve, which isn’t headed for higher ground.

Which is more provable? Belief or facts? What would you rather base the fate of the human race on? Or the planet itself? Or getting a little more personal because I’m hoping it will make an impact, the fate of your children?

Reality is only a heartbeat away, if we would but listen to it. I have written tens of thousands of words, perhaps a million words, trying to convince, persuade, cajole and describe the dangerous future we have created for ourselves, yet I have changed nothing. I get the strong feeling that I have utterly failed.

This lack of care, reveals severe character flaws in the human species. Faith based belief systems are not based upon evidence, they are based upon unsubstantiated hope that never needs to be verified. Such systems do not require any proof to perpetuate their existence. If there were proof, it would actually undermine and destroy these faith systems.

For this reason, proof is never sought for or demanded or even wanted. It is vehemently denied because it (allegedly) undermines everything that these systems represent.

The thinking of these faith based system goes something like this: The oil will run out; or it won’t run out; or we’ll come up with something else, somehow. A “technofix” utilizing advanced science will (somehow) “solve” our energy needs, like it has supposedly done in the past (never mind that it’s not true). Even though all the scientific promises continue to persistently fail to deliver on their promises and never live up to their claims, we’ll somehow overcome these obstacles and prevail.

Such faith doesn’t require or even want any proof, because proof endangers that faith. And then you’re only left with reality. And reality is, for most people, dangerous, unwanted, unappreciated and undesirable. It’s far easier to live within a fantasy world of your own making then to deal with real life.

Quoting from a previous blog article link, “Economic growth and saving life on Earth are not compatible goals. Industrial civilization isn’t harming the Earth, it’s killing the Earth. The system has long since passed the limits of growth – it can’t be sustained.”

What more proof do we need to demonstrate that this claim is absolutely true? Tens of thousands of scientist have investigate the effects of human activity and have agreed on the same message. We are killing off the entire Earth, human survival is at stake unless we change our ways.

To the minds that refuse to think this way, there is no need to make preparations or change lifestyles, or modify society or civilization, nor even be greatly concerned about how things are going or developing. These same minds believe in the preeminence of man, at any cost. They believe instead in the “manifest destiny” that mankind is preeminent over all things, at any cost, even the cost of human survival. Funny how the natural world seems to demonstrate over and over again the foolishness of this kind of thinking.

Will humankind always prevail? Nobody really knows, but it’s not likely. The science and technology that we have utilized to get us this far is also directly responsible for the destruction of our planet. Will more science and technology somehow “save us? Nobody knows, but it doesn’t look too promising, not when you really sit down and examine what it has to offer and what it actually delivers.

We already know that mass society is not sustainable. To maintain itself, it must expand. With expansion comes a myriad of horrors, including empire-building, colonization and ecological destruction. This fact elicits a fracture in our thinking. On one hand, a voracious urge to destroy and plunder arises, along with ideologies to rationalize such behavior; on the other hand, resulting anxiety and grief are expressed by the idea that people, therefore, must be bad, and if land is to thrive, people must leave it alone — hence, wilderness. Yet evolution tells us that people (living sustainably) have been as essential to Creation as have bears and stars and water. Our survival — a million years without destroying the Earth — is testimony to the fact that people, per se, are not the problem. The problem is a rampant, ever-expanding system that produces both ecological destruction and social injustice.

I don’t hear anymore from the fellow involved in the Mission to Mars Project. I suspect that my disgust with human behavior and exporting this to the stars just didn’t fit within the faith based system that mankind was meant to colonize (everything, apparently). If we can’t live on this planet, what makes us think that mucking up the rest of them that we might visit is a good idea?

Our planetary home offers us everything we might need in order to learn how to truly live. We might find something of great interest “out there”, but we’ve yet to pay sufficient attention to what’s already here. We will need to find new human support systems that are not faith based, but reality based support systems that permit us to live on the planetary increase instead of the decrease. Then perhaps, we could consider ourselves mature enough (and responsible enough) to venture to the stars in search of new discoveries.

But I very much doubt we’ll make it that far. The energy issue is already acute and it’s going to get a lot worse before it can (possibly) ever get any better. We simply don’t have the resources to launch mankind into outer space on a self-sustaining mission or colonization. Not understanding sustainable here, makes creating sustainable habitats out there an impossibility. Biosphere II was an utter failure. But that doesn’t stop them from continuing to try.

I have often wondered why we always seem to address the “new” issues which still failing to resolve the current issues. Is it because it’s easier? Or something else? I think it is because human systems are no longer governable. We’ve lost whatever control we might have once had. We’re no longer in the drivers seat (if we ever were, it was probably an illusion) and we’re unable to back off on the gas and slow down.

This is highly unfortunate, of course, for everyone and everything else. Our inability to stop doing what we’re doing, or even slow down like we desperately need to do, will probably be our undoing as a species, certainly as a civilization. I see no other possibility.

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4 thoughts on “The Problem Is Human (Systems)

  • January 16, 2007 at 8:33 pm
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    The link between Mind and Social / Environmental-Issues.

    The fast-paced, consumerist lifestyle of Industrial Society is causing exponential rise in psychological problems besides destroying the environment. All issues are interlinked. Our Minds cannot be peaceful when attention-spans are down to nanoseconds, microseconds and milliseconds. Our Minds cannot be peaceful if we destroy Nature.

    Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment.

    Subject : In a fast society slow emotions become extinct.
    Subject : A thinking mind cannot feel.
    Subject : Scientific/ Industrial/ Financial thinking destroys the planet.
    Subject : Environment can never be saved as long as cities exist.

    Emotion is what we experience during gaps in our thinking.

    If there are no gaps there is no emotion.

    Today people are thinking all the time and are mistaking thought (words/ language) for emotion.

    When society switches-over from physical work (agriculture) to mental work (scientific/ industrial/ financial/ fast visuals/ fast words ) the speed of thinking keeps on accelerating and the gaps between thinking go on decreasing.

    There comes a time when there are almost no gaps.

    People become incapable of experiencing/ tolerating gaps.

    Emotion ends.

    Man becomes machine.

    A society that speeds up mentally experiences every mental slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

    A ( travelling )society that speeds up physically experiences every physical slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

    A society that entertains itself daily experiences every non-entertaining moment as Depression / Anxiety.

    FAST VISUALS /WORDS MAKE SLOW EMOTIONS EXTINCT.

    SCIENTIFIC /INDUSTRIAL /FINANCIAL THINKING DESTROYS EMOTIONAL CIRCUITS.

    A FAST (LARGE) SOCIETY CANNOT FEEL PAIN / REMORSE / EMPATHY.

    A FAST (LARGE) SOCIETY WILL ALWAYS BE CRUEL TO ANIMALS/ TREES/ AIR/ WATER/ LAND AND TO ITSELF.

    To read the complete article please follow either of these links :

    PlanetSave

    EarthNewsWire

    sushil_yadav

  • January 17, 2007 at 8:23 am
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    “Today people are thinking all the time and are mistaking thought (words/ language) for emotion.”

    I ‘must’ take issue with this premise. As Bertrand Russell wrote so eloquently, “Most men think that they think, but what they are actually doing is rearranging their prejudices.” By “rearranging” he means reordering, (re)prioritizing, ranking. sorting, selecting/choosing moment by monent. Prejudice is emotional, true. However, predudice is emotion that precludes any potential – or ‘need’- for thought -to the point of factual irrelevancy (aka ‘don’t confuse me with the facts). Predjudice (like/dislike) ranking is NOT a form of or a subsitute for thinking. Hence came religion, hedonisn, materialism, politics, etc.

    “Today” most people are NOT thinking at all – AKA ever. Most people never have an independent, original thought in their entire self-absorbed fairytale existence -usually referred to as ‘a life’. Most people do not even understand/know what thought/thinking is much less what this entails. The vast majority are sheep – NTM lambs to the not so proverbial slaughter.

  • January 17, 2007 at 4:56 pm
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    Excellent article. I’m familiar with the mentality of your neighbor. Hell, I see it nearly every day someplace or other.
    My family just hit me with a plea to basicly at least pretend there’s sunshine. I don’t understand people, they’ll lie to themselves about something just so they don’t have to deal or think about it until its in their laps. Of course they also said I’m out of my mind to want collapse for any reason whatsoever.

  • January 18, 2007 at 11:07 am
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    Really great article. You are making a difference, never doubt that.
    Unfortunate for you that you have such a neighbor.

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