Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Our ever increasing need to have bigger, newer, faster!!

Since my last post I've been thinking about the fundamental reason behind the unsustainable choices we have made and are going to be continuously making.

There could be a couple of reasons behind that. Survival (as in evolutionary terms) is the first that seems to be the most probable. Resources were and still are scarce thus, there is a race for consumption. The more one consumes the chances of survival increase. It was true for food in the past and its true for products and services now.

This greed for bigger, newer and faster is making us a threat to the planet and animals. We (i blame evolution again) have pronounced ourselves that masters of the planet second to none. Animals, plants and earth's resource are there only to serve us, to enable a better life for us.

Sustainability experts predict that we will mend our ways. We will start respecting the earth and its resources. However much I want to believe these forecasts one thing is stares right back to me. The 1 billion people who live below the poverty line.

When we haven't found a way to respect our fellow humans (assuming that we will be more empathetic toward humans) how much hope do we have for the earth and its resources?

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