August 06, 2018
to be well adjusted
to a profoundly sick society."
As Albert Camus famously stated,
It seems extreme, but in
order to get down to the crux of the issue, we need to ask
What is the next logical question? It stands to reason that all subsequent questions would be:
The first answer to that question must be:
After that? I need to drink clean water. Then, I need to eat healthy food. And then, I need to find healthy human relations.
So on, and so forth...
Let's break it down…
"A thing is right
when it tends to preserve
the integrity, stability, and beauty
of the biotic community.
It is wrong
when it tends otherwise."
The first fundamental
reason how we know we live in a profoundly sick society is when it
becomes evident that our society is directly affecting the quality
of the air in a negative and unhealthy way.
There is no denying that our society's excessive use of fossil fuels is a dangerous air pollutant.
Just look at the horizon in almost every single major city on the planet. If it's harming the air quality there, then it's harming the air quality everywhere.
The planet is an
interconnected system. Everything is connected to everything else.
Especially when it comes to the flow of air.
Otherwise, our health and
the planet's health, is compromised.
2. Our Society
Pollutes the Water
"We forget that
the water cycle and the life cycle
Jacques Yves Cousteau
The next step, if you
wish to continue your survival, is to find clean
water. This is no easy task in a
Then there was,
And these were just a few
of the larger spills in 2017 alone...
But, it's not quite so simple...
There is a kind of yin-yang dynamic going on here. The white dot on the oil side of the yin-yang represents energy and progress.
The black dot on the water side of the yin-yang represents pollution. We use oil for energy to propel our civilizations progressively forward but at a great cost:
The problem is that the black dot on the water side is getting out of control, leading to environmental collapse at best and ecocide at worst.
If we're not careful, the yin-yang of our world is going to be a black mass of oily entropy spinning through space - a burnt-out husk of a planet. Something's got to give.
It helped us achieve many technological marvels. But we were naïve to its pollutant power. At this point, the pollution is so bad that it supersedes the gain.
We cannot, in good
conscience, continue to burn through this now outdated mode
of energy use. If we would be a
healthy society, we must switch to solar, wind, electric, tide, and
especially hemp, or we will burn ourselves out.
"I screamed at god
for the starving child,
until I realized that God
was the child screaming at me."
The next step is to consume clean and healthy food.
Again, this is no easy task in a sick society:
...and everything in
between, the range of ways our society has managed to destroy our
food supply is laughable.
Yes, 70% of the
world's fisheries are either completely exploited, overexploited or
collapsed as a result of overfishing and warmer waters. This
should come as a wake-up call of the highest order.
But another big part of the problem is,
The utter failure of our distribution system undermines the health of our species.
It prevents people from thriving because they are expending all their vital energy on merely surviving.
One way to fix at least part of this daunting problem is through polyculture farming.
Where monoculture is about industry, polyculture is about diversity.
A society that continues to pollute, mismanage, hoard, poison, and poorly distribute its own food supply is a profoundly sick society...
cannot be fixed
by the system."
But is it healthy...?
The question 'do we live in a profoundly sick society' comes down to this critical question:
The main reason we live in a profoundly sick society is because most people do nothing about the unhealthy system that props it up.
As a result, we live in a sick society that creates unhealthy individuals which creates more unhealthy individuals.
The unhealthy cycle will continue to repeat itself until healthy-minded individuals rise-up to change it. This is an arduously Herculean task, but no task is more important.
The very health, indeed
the very evolution, of our species is at stake...