Sunday, May 14, 2006

We do have a choice

I was woken this morning by the thought

"We do have a choice. Humanity does not have to come to a miserable dwindling end, fighting over increasingly scarce resources."

It is physically possible - just - for us to learn how to live within the physical and biological constraints imposed by the real world. It is an enormous challenge, but it is economically and humanly possible. Green Economics here.

Then today I get an email from Vera Gottleib who quotes President Eisenhower
I like to believe that people in the long run are going to do more to promote peace than our governments. Indeed, I think that people want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of the way and let them have it.

"I like to believe.." is th operative phrase. We can choose to believe that the current political and economic stupidity will continue to prevail, ending in generalised resource wars, or we can choose to believe that reason and good sense will reassert itself. There have been times in history when people just got on with winning a good living in harmony from nature. It just doesn't get into the history books, thats all.

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