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There is a rise in religiosity, hedonism and self protection. Notice that even among those who feel that something can be done (like the bloggers here), most of the discussion is about defining the problems, and very little about providing solutions of a magnitude large enough to be meaningful.

Perhaps being selfish and irrational is actually rational in such circumstances.


It possibly depends how rational your belief about what's coming down the pike is.

If you believe Jesus is going to come down on a cloud and sweep you up into Heaven - that may seem like a justification for strip mining the entire planet, but I think most non-fundies aren't going to think it's particularly rational.

Also, if your present behaviour guarantees a catastrophe when it could mitigate it or even avoid it, that doesn't seem very rational either.

I think all of our environmental problems can potentially be solved. There might be some drastic change, but drastic change isn't a new or unusual thing in history. I think with good leadership the changes could even be smooth and relatively painless.

The political problems are a harder call, because so many leaders seem to have no ability to model the long term, or even to think about it honestly. So I can't see serious progress on the bigger issues unless political systems are overhauled to make sure the right people end up on top - and not the sociopaths, careerists, egotists, bullies and paranoiacs, which seems to have been the way things have happened throughout most of history.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Sun Feb 19th, 2006 at 01:46:10 PM EST
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