Sustaining Our Better Angels, by Kathy McMahon at Peak Oil Blues:
…I suggest, however, that we must pause again to ask ourselves: “Which humans are we talking about?”
For Rees, “Homo Economicus,” so involved as he is in world domination, is Homo Sapien. The hegemony of global capitalism is subsumed into “the expanding human enterprise itself.” But does our understanding of the economic and sociopolitical dominance of “Homo Economicus,” inform all we need to know about human nature to motivate behavior change?…
It is now time for careful thinkers to propose an alternative view of what it means to be fully human. We may need to look outside The First World for new insights and broader understandings.
What we need are constant reminders in every media, school, and community throughout the world of another way of being. Bullying and the acceptance of violence as a “natural human state” cannot be tolerated. We have within us, the very innate altruistic qualities needed to work our way back to that simpler, communally-focused way of life– the 75% reduction that Dr. Rees said was possible–that will bring us back to our senses. It is happening already.
Locally. Methodically. Little by little. Step-by-step.