The future is going to require a lot of really tough choices – What to save and maintain and what to discard and dump. Be creative. Get started. —
No 2745 Posted by fw, June 22, 2021—
“The narratives of the past 50 years will stay with us until it’s undeniably obvious that they are outdated. That will mean that at some not too distant date in the future we will have to undergo a sort of cultural triage – Choosing what things to save and maintain and choosing what to jettison because it no longer makes economic, energetic, or ecological sense. We need to meet the future halfway – a COMPROMISE.” —Nate Hagens
In today’s repost, Hagens presents COMPROMISE as his eighth of 12 Interventions combined with his eighth Wild Idea: “A Cultural Triage” Meet the future halfway — COMPROMISE
Below is my transcript of Hagens’ eighth Intervention and accompanying Wild Idea, which I have titled: “COMPROMISE: Eighth Intervention and (Wild Idea)”. As usual, I include in this repost an embedded video of Hagens’ almost 3-hour talk, packaged in 33 myths, which features a synopsis of key ideas from his past written works and videos. And at the bottom of the repost is a list of Hagens’ 33 myths, plus two others – Introduction and Interventions.
For those who would prefer to watch the embedded video on You Tube, click on the following linked title.
TRANSCRIPT of “COMPROMISE: Eighth Intervention and (Wild Idea)” (a short 1:10-minutes long, starting at the 2:37:47 mark, ending at 2:38:57)
COMPROMISE [Eighth Intervention and (Wild Idea)]
The narratives of the past 50 years will stay with us until it’s undeniably obvious that they are outdated. That will mean that at some not too distant date in the future we will have to undergo a sort of cultural triage – Choosing what things to save and maintain and choosing what to jettison because it no longer makes economic, energetic, or ecological sense.
We need to meet the future halfway – a COMPROMISE.
On this topic I can’t very well suggest triaging NASCAR or Miami, so I’ll suggest something more benign and more believable.
The single largest irrigated crop in the United States is – you guessed it – lawns. In addition to a waste of water, productive soil and a source of toxic chemicals, it’s also a fake ecology relative to what came before and after it. Some of us are already revamping our lawns to be more like native ecosystems. Who knows, perhaps it could be a trend.
We need to meet the future halfway. This is going to require a lot of really tough choices: this one, not so tough.
Be creative. Get started.
2:38:57 — End of Eighth Intervention and Wild Idea
LIST OF THE 33 MYTHS (plus opening introduction and closing Interventions (and Wild Ideas)
Nate notes that the myths themselves are listed in reverse numerical order from #33 down to #1, while the time markers are in chronological order from beginning to end, which facilitates their quick and easy location on the video. The myths can be watched in any order, but the order they’re in made the most sense to Hagens. To go directly to the beginning of any numbered myth or to the opening Introduction and closing Interventions and Wild Ideas, just click on the linked time stamp.
Time stamps: 0:04 — Introduction 2:20 — Myth #33: The Experts Have ALL the Answers 4:16 — Myth #32: Humans Are Separate From Nature 6:45 — Myth #31: Humans Are Mostly Selfish 12:17 — Myth #30: More Is Better 18:12 — Myth #29: “Someday I’ll Have enough” 21:18 — Myth #28: We Care About the Future 23:38 — Myth #27: Everyone Has Their Own Truth 26:37 — Myth #26: Truth Matters 29:31 — Myth #25: Energy Is Merely a Commodity 34:28 — Myth #24: The American Dream is Based on Hard Work and Cleverness 36:05 — Myth #23: Oil: The USA Will Be the Next Saudi Arabia 41:46 — Myth #22: We Can Always Get More Resources if We Have More Money 44:42 — Myth #21: Renewables Can Power THIS Civilization 50:55 — Myth #20: In the future we wont need oil due to Peak Demand!! 55:01 — Myth #19: We Can Achieve Net Zero!! (by 2050 or any date) 59:54 — Myth #18: As Earth runs out of resources, We’ll Colonize Outer Space!! 1:02:26 — Myth #17: Growth Is Forever 1:05:04 — Myth #16: GDP Is the Right Goal for Society 1:10:56 — Myth #15: Overpopulation Is the Main Driver 1:15:21 — Myth #14: Technology Will Solve It 1:21:16 — Myth #13: The Environment Is Part of the Economy 1:24:04 — Myth #12: The Natural World Is Ours 1:27:03 — Myth #11: Climate Change Is the Core Problem 1:32:44 — Myth #10: Billionaires and Politicians Are in Charge 1:38:56 — Myth #9: Financial Markets Give Us the Right Signals for the Future 1:43:22 — Myth #8: Stimulus Is Permanent 1:48:37 — Myth #7: We Need to Crash the System to Get a Fresh Start 1:52:43 — Myth #6: The Use of Nuclear Weapons Is Unthinkable 1:57:03 — Myth #5: Fossil Fuel Companies Are at Fault 2:03:01 — Myth #4: Capitalism Is to Blame 2:07:54 — Myth #3: Humans Are Bad 2:11:37 — Myth #2: We Face a Shortage of Energy 2:14:17 — Myth #1: We Are Doomed 2:19:56 — Interventions (and Wild Ideas)
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