Let’s forget about climate change, because it’s a distraction. Of course it’s real, it’s devastating and it will wipe out most life on the planet, but let’s move on. The reason we can move on is that we really shouldn’t really need climate change to get us off our asses and do something. Haven’t we been paying attention at all to the world around us?
Just consider, that even if climate change wasn’t happening, we’re still wiping out most life on the planet and making everyone’s lives more and more miserable. We do this through our modern, “advanced,” “civilized,” and “superior” ways of living characterised by:
For goodness sake, if this isn’t enough to make us fight back, then climate change isn’t going to do it, either!
That’s why we should forget about climate change and focus on the fact that this entire way of life has to end. Everything! Scrap everything! It’s called civilization. From now on, consider “civilization” a bad word. The worst word you know. Living in cities and relying on farms has never – never – been a healthy way of life. For the entire history of civilizations (that’s only about 6,000 years), most people in any civilization have been either starving or on the edge of starvation (Diamond 1987; Harris 1991; Ponting 2007). Read that a few times and let that sink in. Civilization, like capitalism, is a way of life in which a tiny elite rule over everyone else, making everyone else’s lives miserable.
The point is, any way of life in which an elite even exists is pathological and contradicts how humans evolved to live.
While Industrial civilization has it’s own unique details and is especially destructive, don’t think that way back in Ancient Greece or Rome or the Maya or Incas or Aztecs or Indus River or in Ancient China that life was any better. All civilizations, dating back to the first in ancient Mesopotamia, share the same pathological characteristics:
It should be obvious that the real problem is the social arrangement known as civilization. So we can stop blaming capitalism, because all civilizations, “capitalist” or not, end up with the same problems – ecological and social destruction (Diamond 1987, 2005; Jensen 2006, 2016; Redman 1999; Scott 2017; Tainter 2017; Zerzan 2005, 2018).
Climate change has also become a problem, because it distracts from the high-energy needs of civilization. The solutions that everyone has been brainwashed with – Green New Deals and “renewable energy” – are all industrial, extractive and solve absolutely nothing: solar panels, wind turbines, mass transportation, “livable cities”, more technology, etc. And overpopulation is either ignored or denied (Friedemann 2019, 2019; Huessemann 2011; Trainer 2010; Zehner 2012).
So we’re back to the start. This way of living is destroying life on the planet and making everyone miserable – with or without climate change.
Now let’s contrast civilization with the way humans evolved to live, the way we lived for two million years, before civilizations arose just 6000 years ago. The hunter-gatherer life had these characteristics:
(Diamond 1987, 2012; Friedman 2010; Gedgaudas 2018; Hewlett and Lamb 2005; Ingold 1994; Narvaez 2010, 2013, 2014; Ratey and Manning 2014; Sahlins 2009; Suzman 2017; Woodburn 1982)
That’s also the lifestyle in which the human brain tripled in size. Since we domesticated ourselves, the human brain has shrunk by 10 percent (Alban 2014; McAuliffe 2011). Every domesticated animal suffers a decrease in brain size (Scott 2017).
So forget climate change. It’s civilization!
Scrap civilization, before it’s too late.
Actually, watch this first.
Then let's talk.
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