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Resilience Or Survival

As a consequence of our inaction, we are starting to see the concept of resilience replacing sustainability as a goal.

Resilience Or Survival

Many of the new ideas about sustainability and resilience are nothing more than a recognition that the old ways of living are actually good, as seen today in small villages throughout Europe, Mexico, Latin America, Asia and Africa.

In our Western culture of over-consumerism, we have actually missed the opportunity of reaching any kind of sustainability. Perhaps we never have actually understood what that concept is all about. I always thought that the original sustainable development term – which was coined 20 years ago in the 1987 UN report, Our Common Future – was a total oxymoron.

Perhaps the main reason that we never got it, is that such a level of true understanding of what is at stake requires being proactive. We need to think about the implications of our lifestyle, think about consequences. Yikes, that is too much work, so why bother? It is easier just to keep on BAUing (Business As Usual) and pretend everything is fine.

As a consequence of our inaction, we are starting to see the concept of resilience replacing sustainability as a goal.

Perhaps this is because we are finally realizing that the imminent threats of global warming, climate change, overpopulation, poverty, religious wars, peak oil, food scarcity, etc. are real. So we are now talking about the need to become resilient, to be ready to cope with all the social, economic and environmental changes and challenges that are coming.

Suddenly, a sense of urgency is in the air, and there is talk about local resilience and resilient communities. If we don’t understand these concepts, and make changes necessary for a significantly different way of life, sooner or later we will be forced into facing the next level down: becoming survival communities of sorts.

The diagram tries to graph this idea. We have already missed the sustainability plateau and we are starting the descent. Maybe we can stop the fall at the resiliency plateau. If we can’t, we will then face really difficult times.

Originally published in The Watershed Sentinel, June-July 2008

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Strachan

"I don't believe my life is worth more than a mouse's."
"...in my opinion, have more of a right to live on this planet than we do."

These statements contradict one-another. If your life isn't worth more than a mouse's, than it would also be true to say that the mouse's life isn't worth more than yours. Ergo, you have just as much right to live on this planet as the mouse does. I see your intent, but your lack of clarity is a lack of full-truth.

"The human idea of community is a neighborhood of houses and families all of one species."

But it isn't. I feel, that humans already view each other in such an unrelatable way that we may as well be different species. I for one can say that when I run into my neighbors I don't think, "Ah, my fellow countryman, my brother-in-Liberty." I think, "Get the hell out of the way, freak!" But maybe it's just because I have a freak living next-door.

Strachan

"I don't believe my life is worth more than a mouse's."
"...in my opinion, have more of a right to live on this planet than we do."

These statements contradict one-another. If your life isn't worth more than a mouse's, than it would also be true to say that the mouse's life isn't worth more than yours. Ergo, you have just as much right to live on this planet as the mouse does. I see your intent, but your lack of clarity is a lack of full-truth.

"The human idea of community is a neighborhood of houses and families all of one species."

But it isn't. I feel, that humans already view each other in such an unrelatable way that we may as well be different species. I for one can say that when I run into my neighbors I don't think, "Ah, my fellow countryman, my brother-in-Liberty." I think, "Get the hell out of the way, freak!" But maybe it's just because I have a freak living next-door.

Anonymous

How about getting rid of interest and creating money that expires after a short amount of time.
That way there is no accumulation of wealth. The money would have to be spent, keeping the economy healthy and doing away with bank monopoly.
However thinking up of a better system can easily be done. More difficult is evolving as a human race and that is for each and everyone of us to do.

Anonymous

How about getting rid of interest and creating money that expires after a short amount of time.
That way there is no accumulation of wealth. The money would have to be spent, keeping the economy healthy and doing away with bank monopoly.
However thinking up of a better system can easily be done. More difficult is evolving as a human race and that is for each and everyone of us to do.

Anonymous

Excellent idea - but needs expansion. Hope you write a larger article on the topic with all the ups and downs. Well done!

Anonymous

Excellent idea - but needs expansion. Hope you write a larger article on the topic with all the ups and downs. Well done!

The people

Also tell us the truth about the neo cortex and the ingestion by early homo sapiens of psychedelic mushrooms containing psilocybin. People have the right to know of their true natures.

Why does adbusters conspire to keep the nature of esoteric anatomy away from alternative mindsets? I thought it was the journal of the mental environment, tell us about the nature of DMT and near death out of body visionary experiences, why are the mechanics of such experiences not discussed.

Adbusters conceals the truth about DMT for fear of being labeled something other than anarcho-shiek, oh know people will think we are hippy new agers when really we are dreary end agers with bleak portraits of the future in our minds eyes.

DMT TRUTHOUT NOW

The people

Also tell us the truth about the neo cortex and the ingestion by early homo sapiens of psychedelic mushrooms containing psilocybin. People have the right to know of their true natures.

Why does adbusters conspire to keep the nature of esoteric anatomy away from alternative mindsets? I thought it was the journal of the mental environment, tell us about the nature of DMT and near death out of body visionary experiences, why are the mechanics of such experiences not discussed.

Adbusters conceals the truth about DMT for fear of being labeled something other than anarcho-shiek, oh know people will think we are hippy new agers when really we are dreary end agers with bleak portraits of the future in our minds eyes.

DMT TRUTHOUT NOW

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