david suzuki says ‘the negative costs of damaging the environment and the benefits that nature provides are rarely factored into economic equations.’
but that’s changing. jean vanier senses, ‘a yearning for solidarity …. For too long we’ve been walking on the road to independence. We’re beginning to feel our loneliness. We’re beginning to see that we can only live if we’re together. We have had enough of loneliness, independence and competition.’
competition comes at a cost, richard heinberg reminds us. realistically, though, cooperation ‘is the only path going forward that doesn’t end in a global tragedy in which the fate of the “winners” is hardly preferable to that of the “losers.”’
there’s a paradigm shift going on. from good ol’ wikipedia:’ Social scientists have adopted the Kuhnian phrase “paradigm shift” to denote a change in how a given society goes about organizing and understanding reality.’
margaret laurence reminded us that the river flows both ways. heraclitus reminded us we can’t step in the same river, meaning, as mike nickerson put it, the pattern is there tho the elements change. are we just another dance for trillions and trillions of electrons? joni mitchell, who warned us ‘you don’t know what you got ’til it’s gone’, advises us to ‘get back to the garden and set our souls free.’ if we have souls. or maybe just dancing patterns of energy we call electrons.