What should we do?
There are a number of systems that are broken, among them
- The energy system,
- The financial system
- The child care system
- The digital system
- The food system
- The Ocean system
- The Weather system
- The Land system
- The humanity system – relationships
- The power system
All these in the context of nature. How do we become the good managers of these taken together? Goals are essential for guidance. Attempts at improving these require a clear awareness of the goals as essential judgments on efforts, that improve the earth while improving humans.
- happy in the sense of fulfilling engagement with the issues
- rich relationships.
- shift the balance from consumers to citizens.
- comfortable with the arts, science, thinking.
As of now we are surrounded by fixing one thing at cost to others – example, more jobs making more energy use. We need discipline in thinking through the secondary consequences of our actions, the side effects that business has always tried to avoid but that we need to include to avoid further destruction. And if we are serious, coordination across these should be the central task.
The goals need to be in the context of what seems deeply intrinsic to life. Every organism, from Humans to bugs wants to preserve its life but there are desires beyond mere survival. We must be direct and flexible.
Crossing the river by feeling the stones. – Deng Xiao Ping.
Will we really take on these problems? it means managing what Bruno Latour calls The Critical Zone.” the thin skin of the earth where all known life in the universe lives. Lots to do.