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Sunday, 1 January 2017

Our Civilisation is Already Way Off Track

Say What, Al Gore, Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump?

By Thomas Friedman, Dec. 7 2016 (LINK to article)
"The stakes couldn’t be higher. When so many big forces — technology, globalization and climate change — are accelerating at once, small errors in navigation can have huge consequences. We can get really far off track, really fast."
I agree, but with one profound reservation: we are already "far off track".

Why is Tom, like most people, unable to recognise this?

There is an evolutionary explanation. The human brain evolved to want (not just consciously, but also subconsciously) to maintain the environment on which it depends and has been successful in, which everyone who is anyone in society invariably has been.

We rationalise our view of reality accordingly, and the more intelligent and articulate we are, the better we are at doing so, of convincing ourselves and others that the state and status quo are fundamentally OK, when in fact they are not. Our civilisation is way off track for surviving this century.

No, I am not a "doom-monger", but a realist. I can see that we are way of track and heading towards disaster. Unfortunately, I'm not as intelligent or articulate as Tom and all the others who think I'm talking nonsense, because they are loath to question the fundamental soundness of state and status quo.

All I can do is refer you to my BLOG, in which I elaborate, from an evolutionary perspective, on why our civilisation is on course to self-destruct.

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