I got that article from Thomas Homer-Dixon’s 2020 book “Commanding Hope”. It is a foundation for his entire manuscript - Thomas called it a one in a thousand article !
I was 22 in 1972 - the year “Limits to Growth” came out. I had just dropped out of McGill University in my third year in 1970, geology - and when I read that article I was either pumping gas in Regina Saskatchewan or bartending, maybe both. I read it and said - Not Good - not good at all.
But life goes on, and like the Serenity Prayer - you accept what you can’t change and change what you can.
That’s why I climbed full time in the late nineties. Perhaps you and I are guided more by instinct than most. I am reminded of Einstein’s thought:
“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.”
@Adam recently called me a Philosopher - which intrigued me - so I looked into it - and yes - might be closest to a Stoic.
But ultimately labels don’t matter that much, as one’s path thru life.
“To be a man is to be a non-conformist’”
That would fit you and I to a tee I imagine.
I have noted repeatedly on the many mountain adventures of my life - step off the trail, the beaten track - and you are alone.
None of this discussion seems to answer “What to do - what now ?”
But maybe that is an artifact of timing.
Perhaps soon, others will follow - one can be optimistic I think - that as things turn from bad to worse - by natural instinct people will look for answers in strange places, and may remember some of the stories we tell here on CD ~
Yea - how do “people not see it?”
Human nature would be the simplest answer - which is why leaders are avis raris - hence Emerson’s quote above.
I suppose a lot of words are one mark of the philosopher, but I prefer the man of action above all others.
A favorite book of mine is Tenzing Norgay’s autobiography, which was co-written with James Ramsay Ullman, as Tenzing was functionally illiterate. Yet there is more true Philosophy, and Stoicism in practice, in his book “Tenzing Tiger of the Snows”, than in a shelf of academic books of philosophy. I have found this true of all explorers.
So let me close with a description from an astute observer of human nature, on Everest, James Morris, below:
"As I watched the approaching figure I realized that this was no ordinary Sherpa - moving so swiftly and gracefully down the valley, swinging and buoyant like some unspoilt mountain creature, A wide-brimmed hat ! High reindeer boots ! A smile that illuminated the glacier ! An outstretched hand of greeting ! Tenzing ! "
Tenzing’s life did not go well after he attained ‘fame and glory’ - same as Meriwether Lewis’ life did not go well after he left the openness of the natural world.
There is a lesson there, methinks.
Right now this seems like idle talk - Not - I think,
Rather it is the SIGNAL - overwhelmed by the noise of the moment.