We are part of nature, a product of a long evolutionary journey. To some degree, we carry the ancient oceans in our blood. ... Our brains and nervous systems did not suddenly spring into existence without long antecedents in natural history. That which we most prize as integral to our humanity - our extraordinary capacity to think on complex conceptual levels - can be traced back to the nerve network of primitive invertebrates, the ganglia of a mollusk, the spinal cord of a fish, the brain of an amphibian, and the cerebral cortex of a primate.
part quotesnature quotesproduct quoteslong quotesevolutionary quotesjourney quotesdegree quotescarry quotesancient quotesoceans quotesblood quotesbrains quotesnervous quotessystems quotessuddenly quotesspring quotesexistence quotesantecedents quotesnatural quoteshistory quotesprize quotesintegral quoteshumanity quotesextraordinary quotescapacity quotescomplex quotesconceptual quoteslevels quotestraced quotesback quotesnerve quotesnetwork quotesprimitive quotesinvertebrates quotesganglia quotesmollusk quotesspinal quotescord quotesfish quotesbrain quotesamphibian quotescerebral quotescortex quotesprimate quotes
Until society can be reclaimed by an undivided humanity that will use its collective wisdom, cultural achievements, technological innovations, scientific knowledge, and innate creativity for its own benefit and for that of the natural world, all ecological problems will have their roots in social problems.
society quotesreclaimed quotesundivided quoteshumanity quotescollective quoteswisdom quotescultural quotesachievements quotestechnological quotesinnovations quotesscientific quotesknowledge quotesinnate quotescreativity quotesbenefit quotesnatural quotesworld quotesecological quotesproblems quotesroots quotessocial quotesproblems quotes
Humanity has passed through a long history of one-sidedness and of a social condition that has always contained the potential of destruction, despite its creative achievements in technology. The great project of our time must be to open the other eye: to see all-sidedly and wholly, to heal and transcend the cleavage between humanity and nature that came with early wisdom.
humanity quotespassed quoteslong quoteshistory quotesonesidedness quotessocial quotescondition quotescontained quotespotential quotesdestruction quotescreative quotesachievements quotestechnology quotesgreat quotesproject quotestime quotesopen quoteseye quotesallsidedly quoteswholly quotesheal quotestranscend quotescleavage quoteshumanity quotesnature quotesearly quoteswisdom quotes
In our own time we have seen domination spread over the social landscape to a point where it is beyond all human control. Compared to this stupendous mobilization of materials, of wealth, of human intellect, of human labor for the single goal of domination, all other recent human achievements pale to almost trivial significance. Our art, science, medicine, literature, music and charitable acts seem like mere droppings from a table on which gory feasts on the spoils of conquest have engaged the attention of a system whose appetite for rule is utterly unrestrained.
time quotesdomination quotesspread quotessocial quoteslandscape quotespoint quoteshuman quotescontrol quotescompared quotesstupendous quotesmobilization quotesmaterials quoteswealth quotesintellect quoteslabor quotessingle quotesgoal quotesdomination quotesrecent quotesachievements quotespale quotestrivial quotessignificance quotesart quotesscience quotesmedicine quotesliterature quotesmusic quotescharitable quotesacts quotesmere quotesdroppings quotestable quotesgory quotesfeasts quotesspoils quotesconquest quotesengaged quotesattention quotessystem quotesappetite quotesrule quotesutterly quotesunrestrained quotes
If we recognise that every ecosystem can also be viewed as a food web, we can think of it as a circular, interlacing nexus of plant animal relationships (rather than a stratified pyramid with man at the apex)... Each species, be it a form of bacteria or deer, is knitted together in a network of interdependence, however indirect the links may be.
recognise quotesecosystem quotesviewed quotesfood quotesweb quotescircular quotesinterlacing quotesnexus quotesplant quotesanimal quotesrelationships quotesstratified quotespyramid quotesman quotesapex quotesspecies quotesform quotesbacteria quotesdeer quotesknitted quotesnetwork quotesinterdependence quotesindirect quoteslinks quotes
Power to the people' can onlybe put into practice when the power exercised by social elites isdissolved into the people. Each individual can then take control ofhis daily life. If 'Power to the people' means nothing more thanpower to the 'leaders' of the people, then the people remain anundifferentiated, manipulatable mass, as powerless after the revolution as they were before. In the last analysis, the people can neverhave power until they disappear as a 'people.
power quotespeople quotesonlybe quotesput quotespractice quotespower quotesexercised quotessocial quoteselites quotesisdissolved quotespeople quotesindividual quotescontrol quotesofhis quotesdaily quoteslife quotespower quotesmeans quotesthanpower quotesleaders quotespeople quotespeople quotesremain quotesanundifferentiated quotesmanipulatable quotesmass quotespowerless quotesrevolution quotesanalysis quotesneverhave quotesdisappear quotespeople quotes
To speak of 'limits to growth' under a capitalistic market economy is as meaningless as to speak of limits of warfare under a warrior society. The moral pieties, that are voiced today by many well-meaning environmentalists, are as naive as the moral pieties of multinationals are manipulative. Capitalism can no more be 'persuaded' to limit growth than a human being can be 'persuaded' to stop breathing. Attempts to 'green' capitalism, to make it 'ecological', are doomed by the very nature of the system as a system of endless growth.
speak quoteslimits quotesgrowth quotescapitalistic quotesmarket quoteseconomy quotesmeaningless quoteslimits quoteswarfare quoteswarrior quotessociety quotesmoral quotespieties quotesvoiced quotestoday quoteswellmeaning quotesenvironmentalists quotesnaive quotespieties quotesmultinationals quotesmanipulative quotescapitalism quotespersuaded quoteslimit quotesgrowth quoteshuman quotesstop quotesbreathing quotesattempts quotesgreen quotescapitalism quotesmake quotesecological quotesdoomed quotesnature quotessystem quotesendless quotesgrowth quotes
Nor do piecemeal steps however well intended, even partially resolve problems that have reached a universal, global and catastrophic character. If anything, partial 'solutions' serve merely as cosmetics to conceal the deep seated nature of the ecological crisis. They thereby deflect public attention and theoretical insight from an adequate understanding of the depth and scope of the necessary changes.
piecemeal quotessteps quotesintended quotespartially quotesresolve quotesproblems quotesreached quotesuniversal quotesglobal quotescatastrophic quotescharacter quotespartial quotessolutions quotesserve quotescosmetics quotesconceal quotesdeep quotesseated quotesnature quotesecological quotescrisis quotesdeflect quotespublic quotesattention quotestheoretical quotesinsight quotesadequate quotesunderstanding quotesdepth quotesscope quotes
peter quoteskropotkin quotesanarchism quotesextreme quotesleft quoteswing quotessocialism quotesview quotescompletely quotesagree quotesdeepest quotesconcerns quotestoday quoteslibertarian quotessocialist quotescore quoteseroded quotesfashionable quotespost quotesmodernist quotesspiritualist quotesmystic quotesindividualism quotes