The Ranting Man

August 5, 2010

Short-Term Mentality Threatens us all

Filed under: Uncategorized — therantingman @ 8:16 pm
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I was watching a show on Easter Island and the inhabitants of that island. The show focused on new information about how they lived and how they ultimately died. The short answer is that the inhabitants cut down all the trees which permanently changed the land, preventing natural regrowth. Without large trees the soil could not hold the topsoil necessary to farm. The people were not aware of how they were impacting their environment before it was too late. Without trees they could not build canoes to fish, and they began to starve. Eventually Europeans came and finished the job with disease, but by then the damage was already done.

The Earth is becoming a large Easter Island. The only difference is that we know what we are doing, and can stop it. The short-term mentality of today is the same mentality that destroyed the people of Easter Island.

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