Predictions for technological improvements, kinda amazed me.
2 thought provoking links/discussion:
- FORA.tv - The Next 50 Years: Will Tech Solve Humanity’s Problems? video --> http://hines.blogspot.com/2012/02/foratv-next-50-years-will-tech-solve.html
- Divine Injustice Permaculture Research Institute article --> http://hines.blogspot.com/2012/02/divine-injustice-permaculture-research.html
I'm for decentralized DIY "building blocks" type society that helps prevent wars and allows for local individual independence. Still there is a need for a transparent government with integrity, that benefits all, answering to the grassroots.
That's why these forums (Paul's) are so great! They promote some very important DIY "building blocks".
Interested in anyone's thought.
Sigh* big thoughts that will change nothing.
I agree and really appreciate your thoughts on this.
podcast 104 - rocket mass heaters with ernie and erica and paul --> http://www.richsoil.com/permaculture/782-podcast-104-rocket-mass-heaters-with-ernie-and-erica/ was awesome!
I have listened to it 3 times, so far and have learned something new each time.
I believe Rocket Mass Heaters are one of those "green building blocks" that "can" and I hope "is", a necessary technology in our future.
ernie and erica and paul, your passion and work on this technology cannot be over appreciated!
Big "deeds", like your work, can change our future...
Keep On Keepin' On, Making The World A Better Place!
One thing to think about is that isolation of any sort breeds insulation. The uneducated, untraveled, sheltered person is much less likely to have empathy with 'not our kind'. Today's humans are much more humane because of all the travel and education and commerce. There's no more bear or bull baiting, Justice is demanded, homicides are way way way down, consumers are trying to buy less impactful products etc etc etc. While humans' monkeysphere may only be 150 souls, we seem to be able to have goodness and empathy to many more people than just those.
Perhaps, while we eco-minded permie-growin tree-huggin' longhairs work to reduce our little circle of influence, we can keep in mind that no matter what changes come, a basic broad-mindedness and empathy for other humans and living things must be paramount.
Ernie Wisner wrote:P I would like to point out that in the grand schema of travel less than 1% of the US has been over seas. most of the empathy IMO is guilt and if it threatens the super-bowl all the empathy will dry up like a spit film on the wall-mart parking lot.
1) Not many Europeans would bother to get passports if they could travel from the UK to the middle of Russia unimpeded. Considering that's like going from one side of US to the other -- passing over the Great Lakes -- we can see why less than 1% of the US have been to other countries. Perhaps, considering the size of the countries involved, one could more accurately compare the number of US citizens who have been in more than one state to other countrie's globetrotters.
2) Empathy is up. Whether that's from education, exposure over the Net, better leisure time in an informed society or increased Media attention to something other than normalizing heteronormative paradigm-pandering is a debate for generations who have a better POV. The main point is that Empathy is up. Otherwise, we'd still be killing each other... and cats, and dogs, and everything else... like we used to.
4) People live up (or down) to whatever expectations you hold of them.
3) Interesting that you're focusing on the US. There are other countries on this Earth, better and worse than.
I dont expect much of humanity in general. so its not hard to meet my expectations. i do expect allot from individuals and that is sometimes met. most folks try.