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Posts Tagged ‘capitalism’

Escaping the dungeon of our own desire

Posted by Colin Rose on February 27, 2009

Why do we need to keep having to prove for ourselves that Seven Deadly Sins, codified 1500 years ago are still valid? Every few generations we forget the power of the addictions to which the human brain is prey and become convinced that some form of technology will save us from the consequences of self-destructive lifestyles. One hopes we and our descendants have learned the lesson that constant vigilance is lifestyle choices is and will always be essential, regardless of the technological sophistication of a society.


Escaping the dungeon of our own desire
MICHAEL GERSON Washington Post Writers Group
National Post
27 Feb 2009

There is now a minor but raging academic debate taking place over the effect of an economic downturn on your health. In the traditional view, unemployment can cause a kind of recession flu — a funk that leads to stress-smoking, unhealthy comfort foods…read more…

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Climate change is a challenge for us all

Posted by Colin Rose on December 11, 2008

 

The StatsCan data show that Governments, David Suzuki and Al Gore have had very little effect of profligate consumption. We are programmed by billions of years of evolution to consume anything we can get our hands on regardless of the destruction our greed is causing to ourselves or the environment. But it does appear that capitalist democracy has a marvelous self-correcting mechanism. The current recession clearly shows that when uncontrolled greed causes the money to run out consumption and GHG emissions drop dramatically but we aren`t dying like house flies in winter. For the sake of the environment if not our own health one can hope that the recession will last long enough that we will learn to accept that we can live happily with a lot less food, drugs and gadgets. 


Climate change is a challenge for us all
THE STUDY CITED IS AVAILABLE IN STATSCAN’S THE DAILY FOR DEC. 9, AT WWW. STATCAN.GC.CA
The Gazette
11 Dec 2008

Climate change is a challenge not only for governments and big corporations, but for every person on Earth, since we are each individually responsible for generating greenhouse gases. New figures from Statistics Canada drive the point home, showing…read more…

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