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Unfortunately, collapse is not enough.  We read daily about the most abhorrent behaviors at all levels of power, trickling down from the top, yet it does not crash and burn.  It´s worldwide, though the most destructive is the US because of its position, and it would take a global people´s revolution to bring it to an end.

I have little hope for that kind of movement because we are much too comfortable believing ´it will get better´ and we are too busy with our cozy, little lives...  On the other end, people who survive below the most basic human rights levels, are too powerless to rebel and are busy migrating to countries with unsustainable "comfort" levels.  

Talking with immigrants all the time, trying to explain to them that aspiring to a personal car is not the best they can do, they probably see me as the village idiot for being almost the only one who doesn´t own a car.  Can I blame them for following the "economic growth" example of our masses?

Our knowledge has surpassed our wisdom. -Charu Saxena.

by metavision on Sat Jun 30th, 2007 at 10:23:27 AM EST
We were in China a couple of years ago, and were struck by how ordinary people are aspiring to a nice apartment and a car. When I was there in the early 1980s, they were aspiring to a pack of cigs and maybe a voucher letting them travel to the city for a day. It's impossible to fault people for wanting to be comfortable.
by rootless2 on Sat Jun 30th, 2007 at 05:22:14 PM EST
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I agree, this is the same phenomenon that has caused Americans to leave the farm over the past 100 years and become city dwellers.  Farm work, as it was on relatively small plots of land, as in China, can involve backbreaking labour with little money earned to purchase the "finer" things that city dwellers employed by factories are able to afford.  It takes a whole different mindset to see advantage in leading a simpler life style.

I can swear there ain't no heaven but I pray there ain't no hell. _ Blood Sweat & Tears
by Gringo (stargazing camel at aoldotcom) on Sun Jul 1st, 2007 at 10:25:25 PM EST
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