Originally posted by Muckster
Why oh why can people not see beyond dollar signs? And why do people seem to increasingly not care?
Hi Muckster, ever watch the talk Dan Miller gave in the OP of this (notorious) ATS
At around the 28 min mark I think he nails the question on why most people don't give a # about the bigger picture. Ironically, it's evolutionary.
Humans are trained by nature to respond to threats that are:
2. have historical precedent
4. exhibit basic causality (not complicated effects)
5. brought upon us by outside threats (not ourselves)
6. have direct personal consequences (don't really care how it affects others)
All of these things are working against us when we're talking about issues related to sustainability and social responsibility further down the
That's not to excuse the fact that people are just greedy, apathetic, self-involved dingbats who should know better, but it does give the whole
problem a bit more perspective on exactly what we're up against.
The way I see it is like this -
At the end of the day, we're just another one of Nature's Darwinian experiments. Except in this case she has happened to bestow on us a great deal
of power. With that of course comes a great deal of responsibility.
If we're going to survive this crazy experiment we need to especially evolve (on our own) the mental and spiritual fortitude to go with it - by
cultivating a true sense of morality and responsibility, by embracing our ability to rationalize and process complex problems and see the bigger
picture rather than succumb to primitive instincts. We need to do things for the greater good rather than immediate personal benefit, not because
it's "nice", but because our very place in this universe is dependent on it.
As a species we have been given a glorious opportunity to evolve to unimaginable heights. Unfortunately though there's still an entrance exam, and we
are failing it miserably.