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|October 24, 2014 at 09:04 #15218|
The main theme his book concerns why people choose environmentally destructive choices every day, which conflict with their values, while alternatives are available. Worthy discusses the reason why this is, and alternatives of changes that would make a difference for the outcome that our life style leads to. He views the Western world’s consumption as a major reason for the state of the Earth, contrary to the life style of the Eastern part of the globe. But why then, are people more “close to earth”, even in the developing so inclined to appropriate this destructive behavior as soon as we can afford to do that; to consume unaccountable if the opportunity is there. I first had in mind that the different religions in the East and the West might play an important role for how people live and how they reflect on new phenomena that intrude into their lives. But may be the truth about the human character is that all of us, if we have the opportunity, like consumerism.
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