Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
what alarms me is that my "durable extremism" doesn't nearly go far enough to ensure sustainable survival for current human population, let alone 10 bio souls in another 10-20 years or so.

we keep coming back to a threeway collision between
(1)  a fantastic attempt to provide the masses with an ersatz copy of the lifestyle of barbaric kings (to which a dangerous percentage of humanity has become habituated and now regards as an entitlement),
(2) an irreversible drawdown of planetary resources as a result of (1), and
(3) a resurgence of tribal/patriarchal fundamentalism arising in part from the fallout of (1) and (2), and directly militating against sanity (in the form of reducing birthrates, slowing growth, etc.) and towards madness (nationalist and race war, exterminism, fantasies of hegemony)

despite our superficially k-selected behaviours we seem to have r-selected memes encoded deeply in our religious (I include neolib economics and race-supremacist ideologies as forms of religion) wetware, long after its adaptive value has passed.  worldwide, with resource bankruptcy staring us in the face, we are seeing religious and political leaders shouting "Breed more, breed faster, don't let Them outbreed Us," and the barons of commerce shouting "Consume more, consumer faster."  pouring gasoline on a fire won't put it out -- except the hard way (burn everything combustible in sight and reduce the playing field to ashes).

all of which is taking us far from waterless loos, but just shows-ta-go-ya that I really can't consider myself an "extremist".  what is extreme -- hallucinatory, insane, Martian-anthropologist-would-need-a-Valium -- is the wacko, illusory, divorced-from-biology, divorced-from-physics, divorced-from-basic-integer-math culture that we busy little meme-termites have managed to build.

I think I'm in Kassandra mode again, is there some Alt-Shift-something key that gets me back out?

anyway thanks for posting summat cheery :-)

The difference between theory and practise in practise ...

by DeAnander (de_at_daclarke_dot_org) on Tue May 23rd, 2006 at 07:29:39 PM EST
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