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O paradoxo

I mean the complex, connected and high-entropy world we’re in now — the one that can’t possibly be sustained into the indefinite future. Why? Because it depends on perpetually growing throughputs of energy and resources that are not going to be available.

Adbusters’ True Cost campaign calls our economy a “doomsday machine.” We strive after infinite growth in a world whose carrying capacity is finite. The better the economy performs — faster growth, higher GDP — the faster we degrade the biosphere that is the basis of life and our only home. It’s madness. And the world is waking up to the fact that it’s madness.

E o paradoxo do paradoxo:

The trouble is that no society in history has ever been able to reduce its consumption of resources voluntarily over the long term. On the contrary, as the anthropologist Joseph Tainter has explained: when problems in a complex society such as ours emerge, tackling them requires more resources just as resources are becoming scarcer.

Uma visão não lá muito otimista:

The philosopher Clive Hamilton, in his book Requiem for a Species, writes that “it’s too late to avert catastrophic change. Our politics and institutions are too dysfunctional to make elegant adaptations. We’d better prepare ourselves for surviving as best we can.”

E uma frase que não sai da cabeça:

New is an old paradigm.

Essas frases foram tiradas de um texto FODA, assinado por John Thackara, do blog The Design Observer Group.

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