The goal of my work is to encourage learning, thinking, and discussion about how humankind has created a catastrophically unsustainable way of life, and how we might learn from our mistakes and mindfully pursue a sane way of life over the coming centuries.
Seven-point-something billion people are sleepwalking into a storm because of a sequence of innovative experiments called progress. Progress is an obsession that continuously provides us with new tools for destroying the health of the ecosystem more rapidly. This is a short path.
The safe and effective antidote is clear thinking — letting our imaginations soar away from their cages to explore new realms, questioning every truth, swerving around the tar babies of the blind faith mobs. When clear thinking discovers ecological history, a new and healthy mode of awareness can be born.
It’s painful to contemplate what a beautiful world this could be if our elders had provided us with a thorough understanding of ecological history — if we could perceive the centuries-long pileup of shortsighted blunders that have led us to the brink. If we had clearly comprehended the big picture, many, many super-nutjob schemes would have been completely unimaginable.
Nothing can change until ideas change. At the moment, we have access to an amazing global communication system, a powerful tool for sharing ideas. How long will this system continue to operate, as Peak Everything keeps pressing harder on the brakes? It would be wise to make good use of it, before it slips beneath the waves forever.
It’s never too late to rip off our blinders and learn. My mission is to encourage this learning. Let’s think about it. Let’s talk about it. Let’s write about it, film it, paint it, sing it. Let’s use our legendary intelligence for truly intelligent purposes. Let’s envision futures in which our fundamental boo-boos have been tossed overboard, and our descendants are once again wild, free, and happy. Let’s do all we can before the lights go out.
With lots and lots of luck, and lots and lots of clear thinking, our species might still be around in 500 years, in a radically different reality, fully obedient to the laws of life.