On 21st Century Enlightenment

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in cross cultural, Fellowship, Social Issues

What do you think about this recent quote from a prospective Fellow: I am convinced that we have now arrived at a time and place where society is in great need of enlightenment. Bill Gates has given us this wonderful thing called email. We have been to the moon and back and have learned how to live in space. What we haven’t yet figured out is how to feed 2.9 billion more people on this planet by the year 2050. What we haven’t learned is how to stop our addiction with consumption.

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JohnPaul Kusz, FRSA June 28, 2011 at 4:11 pm

We have accomplished a great deal and we do have the technologies and systems to solve the pending food crisis, and the consumption runaway.
First, the food crisis can be solve with policies that push for vegetarian legume-based diets that would provide better health reduce the land needed for grain farming that feed livestock by a factor of between 4 to 8 and revitalize the land.
It’s a policy issue that is being blocked by vested interest that sell the middle class on unnecessary consumption of low-quality/high-profit food products.
Consumption would be greatly slowed with significant environmental benefits if we changed the GDP construct and seriously followed a GDH (Gross Domestic Health) construct. the latter including not only Financial metrics but metrics that follow environmental well-being and human well-being. These two latter metrics are essential underpinnings to the first. When they are healthy more financial capital is available for real development as opposed to expenditures on adaptation, mitigation and restoration.
We know how to do this, but again the vested interests – namely the investment community – is ignoring the real source of sustainable wealth in favor of very short-term financial gains.
There are many examples – mostly islands like Naru in the South pacific – that demonstrate how this strategy eventually bankrupts the whole economy, including the richest (financially) in the economy.
To put it simply, it’s about building a society, not just an economy. We have to measure progress of our society’s growth (quantitative AND qualitative)…
We can do this!

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