"In the world of breakdown thinking, there is only collapse and the shattering of dreams. But in the world of breakthrough thinking, we can see that something better may replace the unsustainable pursuit of endless economic growth. In its place we might, for example, find ways to become sustainable consumers. We might become co-consumers or co-producers.
In the world of breakdown thinking (the pessimistic view of the world that we so often find in the media) the focus is on economic and social collapse. In breakdown thinking, the story we tell ourselves hardly encourages us to even try to play the ‘game’ of evolving society. In gaming terms, the challenge is too great, the individual feels too unskilled, and the rewards are too often labeled as sacrifices. I don’t think we are going to get to the world we want by telling stories of scarcity, collapse and sacrifice. Of course, there have been some brilliant results driven or achieved by breakdown thinking, but that story fails to garner enthusiasm. It doesn’t win over any hearts. I see so many people around me playing the game called ‘stop bad things happening’ – their purpose is clear and powerful and their hearts ache from the agony of being connected to so much global suffering. They are right to want to stop those things (population explosion, species extinction, climate change, environmental degradation, etc.), but I’m going to show that there is another path that will work better and achieve more. This other path that I am offering does not deny the challenges at hand or scarcity where it exists. It is more powerful because it also acknowledges resources we already have, builds on the successes we have already achieved, and taps into the strengths we are learning we already possess."
See also Age of Disaster
Jean Russell - Thrivability
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