longer see any point in singling out individual
aspects of the human experience for special
attention or criticism. Population growth, climate
change, global corporatism, chemical pollution,
resource depletion, species extinctions, ocean
overfishing and acidification, global financial
instability, mounting social disparities and
injustices are all merely symptoms of a system that
has been out of control for centuries (despite our
earnest attempts to convince ourselves otherwise.) We have no choice left - or
perhaps we never really had any other choice - but to ride
the dragon until the human overshoot corrects
itself, as overshoots always do.
The silver lining I see is that all the pressures coming from this process of correction can be useful goads toward personal self-development. "In all matters, strive to do the right thing." What does this mean to each of us? What does mindful living in the midst of the whirlwind entail, what does it require of us in terms of personal growth, in the development of wisdom and self-awareness? How might each of us resolve our alienation - from each other, from our societies, from nature, from our own place in the universe? How may we find the re-connections that are essential if we are to emerge from this tumultuous, careless human adolescence into individual and collective adulthood? These are deep questions for dark times.
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