What’s going on out there is simply driven by uncoordinated primitive human drives, at times tempered by reason. All of this activity is a combination of man unconnected, uncoordinated efforts mostly working to meet short-term wants and needs. Most people focus their attention and concerns on the well-being of their family, close associates, and themselves, giving little thought to the overall good or the future.
Political leaders, democratic or autocratic, who should have their hands on what society is doing, give most of their attention to the maintaining their position instead—although they may give the appearance that their real concerns lie elsewhere. Even when well intentioned and trying their best, they have limited time and energy to deal with most beyond the everyday needs of conflicting interests and their constituents. Traditionalist may say that this pursuit of self-interest is Adam Smith’s “invisible hand” working as self-organization for the overall good. Conventional economists, bankers, business leaders, and politicians laud this for putting and keeping us on track for economic growth.
There is no entity examining and controlling our impact on the planet, nor do government leaders or most people discuss this or see the need for it. We plunge ahead ignoring warnings that all is not OK. We are essentially a mindless mass with tremendous power in our hands.
Today we are like a bull in a china shop, seemingly unaware of the havoc we ware creating. – Peter Seidel, Excerpt from book – ‘THERE IS STILL TIME!’