Attitudes, Opinions, Comment

We are pleased with our world, we who live in the so-called developed world of the West or the North (whatever you want to call i). . . At least, those of us lucky enough to have the benefit of the material conveniences of the affluent parts of the developed regions are pleased. (How pleased with their world are others, Darfurians, for example, Haitians, Bangladeshis, or, for that matter, residents of certain neighborhoods of Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, D.C.?) Envisaging a different way of life (quality and content) strains the imagination. A pioneering undertaking is now required of us, to set out from our hedged and protected lives, striking into the unfamiliar and threatening [?] territory of simplified living and balanced use of a fair portion of the world’s resources.

The enterprise will not be easy but it is unavoidable. Accumulating environmental evidence and current economical developments (Fall, 2008) notify us that time has come; room for negotiation and compromise diminishes. It remains to us only to ask, what truly must we become and what must we go through to get there?


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