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Addiction, Sustainable Living

Ecology and Addiction: Consumer Culture and Environmental Degradation. (Perma)Culture and Sanity.


“A Common Thread of Distraction

Even a casual inspection of the major problems of our day—ecological collapse, societal breakdown, rising rates of depression and widespread disenchantment on a personal level—leaves us with the miasmic feeling that we will be smothered by an overwhelming, seemingly-disconnected mass of festering problems. At the same time, a closer look exposes a common thread running through the \’problems\’ we face.

Ecology 101: Distraction = Destruction

The common thread, the single defining dynamic underlying all our ecological, personal, and social problems seems to be that we have come to focus our consciousness and desires not on inner richness and development, but instead on outer, material distractions.

We have pursued the accumulation of material wealth far, far beyond our physical needs—unnecessarily pushing the limits of our planet\’s support systems to the point of failure, and actually contrary to our emotional needs.”

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