now, i'm occasionally willing to chuckle at the dirty hippy that's given himself facial lacerations from hugging one too many trees, but this is getting ridiculous. does bush have to personally club a baby seal over the head while having his minions crash oil tankers into "random" icebergs, before we notice his utter contempt for the earth? and, how the hell does he always manage to get away without congressional approval? whatever happened to the balance of power between branches of government? did his daddy say it was okay?
on a somewhat related note, i'm reading this interesting book that says that the true sign of a modern civilization is its respect for nature in the wake of technological advancement. instead of fear of your environment, the ability to live comfortably within and appreciate your environment. the book even uses the U.S. as a counter-example to japan. does this mean we're regressing?
If we were to divide modern cultural history into the three basic phases -- pre-industrial, industrial, and postindustrial life -- we might say that in the first phase, which ended about two hundred years ago in the West and as recently as twenty years ago in many countries of East Asia, people lived in harmony with nature. ...
The second industrial phase is marked by a rude awakening. Because the contrast between unheated, dark old houses and sparkling new cities is too great, a rush to modernise takes place in which people reject everything old and natural as dirty and backward in favor of shiny, processed materials as symbols of wealth and sophistication. The world over, the paradigm is well-dressed salaried workers commuting from their concrete apartment blocks to new factories and offices.
In the third, postindustrial state, most people have reached a certain level of comfort -- everyone has a toaster, a car, a refrigerator, and air-conditioning -- and societies move on to a new view of modernism, in which technology recombines with cultural heritage and natural materials. In the United States, the image is that of young people gentrifying nineteenth-century brick houses in Brooklyn, or of Microsoft computer nerds dwelling in solar-heated houses in the mountains of Washington State. In the first phase, man and nature live happily as one family; in the second, they divorce; and in the third, they are reunited.
apologies to alex kerr for quoting w/out permission. the "..." is just examples taken out that would've made the passage even longer.