To pretend that civilization can exist without destroying its own landbase and the landbases and cultures of others is to be entirely ignorant of history, biology, thermodynamics, morality, and self-preservation.
A culture that values production over life values the wrong things, because it will produce things at the expense of living beings, human or otherwise.
We cannot hope to create a sustainable culture with any but sustainable souls.
Within this culture wealth is measured by one's ability to consume and destroy.
I no longer see Descartes' statement as arbitrary. It is representative of our culture's narcissism. This narcissism leads to a disturbing disrespect for direct experience and a negation of the body.
The process of schooling does not give birth to human beings - as education should but never will so long as it springs from the collective consciousness of our culture - but instead it teaches us to value abstract rewards at the expense of our autonomy, curiosity, interior lives, and time.
From the beginning, this culture - civilization - has been a culture of occupation.
I think it's very important for us to start to build a culture of resistance, because what we're doing isn't working, clearly.
I think a lot of us are increasingly recognizing that the dominant culture is killing the planet.
We are members of the most destructive culture ever to exist. Our assault on the natural world, on indigenous and other cultures, on women, on children, on all of us through the possibility of nuclear suicide and other means--all these are unprecedented in their magnitude and ferocity.
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