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I don't know about saving us all, but you don't need nobel prize winning economists and social scientists to know that right now this minute everyone must start altering their lifestyles so as to live more responsibly as much as they possibly can.  And then alter it a little more.
(May take some unpopular legislation, redistribution of wealth and or rationing, but I don't know if it has to come to that.  Ok, I think it does...)

I won't have kids but may adopt one day.  I know it's really very highly unpopular to suggest that having kids, or x amount of kids, is irresponsible.  I'm not sure about China-style quotas, but for now, those of us who really don't want kids should not have them.  And it's unconscionable that every single day women who do not want to bring children into this world do so because of social mores and legal barbedwire.  

Also, we just have insanely wasteful lifestyles and it doesn't take a rocket scientist to tell you that if we drive less, or heck, walk and bike, if we live in smaller quarters requiring less resources to heat, light, etc., if we buy fewer things we don't need, and create less waste that can't be thrown into the recycle bin or compost pile, then things will get a little better for everyone.

If we are sincere about caring about these things, then we have to start making these "sacrifices" now, while we are figuring out the big stuff like reshaping national infrastucture and building strong transnational bodies which can execute and enforce laws to protect the basic rights of all people (clean water, peace, medicine), not just those of the world's bullies, while we change our education curricula to ensure everyone is taught that their choices have consequences throughout the world and how to better ones.

That's some soapbox, eh?  If I jump down I may break something...

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. -Voltaire

by p------- on Sun Aug 13th, 2006 at 11:42:01 AM EST
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It's a doozy!

And exactly, regarding your points.

There is nothing magical or magnificent required to solve the problem: there are too many of us, and too many of us with an appetite for excessive consumption, and encouraged at great expense in the form of marketing and propaganda to continue to have that those appetites despite their self-destructive character.

We treat it as a birthright; we are told it's our 'way of life', we are told that dying by the thousands and killing by the millions (if need be) is righteous, to defend our 'way of life'.

But what we are defending is a stale, increasingly-obsolete order that happens to have control of the commanding heights of politics, the economy, the press and military might.

And it's not prepared to pass quietly into history. In fact, it's prepared to fight, to wreck everything, rather than be replaced.

Dying civilizations are like that.

Have Keyboard. Will Travel. :)

by cskendrick (cs ke nd ri c k @h ot m ail dot c om) on Mon Aug 14th, 2006 at 08:23:29 AM EST
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