Obviously, were we more in tune with Nature, we might be a little more concerned for Fritos. But the interconnection between Man and Nature and its subset of signs are things we most often chose to ignore. How many salmon, honey bees and Fritos must we lose before we realize the endangerment and eventual extinctions of these and others are but a portent of our own demise?
How many thousands of years did it take for humanity reach 1.5 billion of us on planet Earth at the beginning of the 20th Century? We know it only took the last one hundred years to add another 5 billion more to that number! I wonder how many of us there will be left in another 100 years?
Burnt Toast by Paul Hutchinson
According to Gus Speth (Dean of the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University) in his new book, The Bridge at the Edge of the World: Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability (Yale University Press, 2008), if we just maintain our current world population and take no action to heed the signs we've ignored to this point, mankind can expect to realize his future -- as TOAST!
Signs given, ignored according to Speth:
* being, not having
* giving, not getting
* needs, not wants
* better, not newer
* community, not individual
* other, not self
* connected, not separated
* ecology, not economy
* part of nature, not apart from nature
* dependent, not transcendent
* tomorrow, not today
Without quick action, Speth sees a world unfit for habitation by the end of this century. A world already inhabited by polar bears (and soon to be experienced by corn chips?).