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  •  I agree with non-yank DD (2+ / 0-)
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    Joieau, Deep Dark

    We give too much credit to individual choice.  It makes us feel safe to think we are in control of our destiny.  It also makes us feel superior to call our fortune a matter of "choice" while watching others fail.  But for us to resist the entirety of our historical trajectory means fighting all battles on all fronts at the same time.  Our computers use precious metals mined most often under inhuman conditions; everything we consume has a toxic effect to Earth, to the biosphere, to the social sphere.  Even the poor miners are complicit in this, whether they know it or not, until they die at an early age.  We Yanks, over here in cushy-cushy land, can slow the tide a tiny bit, perhaps, and delay the inevitable just long enough for someone new to come along and delay it a few minutes more, but bigger tides pull on us.  

    DD has it right: we are the products of our environment far more than the other way around.  

    •  Guns germs and steel (1+ / 0-)
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      Eikyu Saha

      A keystone book worth reading, even when you don't wholly agree with the thesis.

      Then read Collapse

      Until inauguration day The USA is in the greatest danger it has ever experienced.

      by Deep Dark on Sat Oct 05, 2013 at 03:06:18 PM PDT

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      •  What was that man thinking, (0+ / 0-)

        when he cut down the last tree on, what was it, Easter Island?

        I think many of us many be thinking the very same thoughts as that man, and probably not liking it, either.  But heck, we've got families to feed; work to be done; emails to answer. . .

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