“There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.”
-Henry David Thoreau
The quotes above represents the principle ideas of this project. That we must get to the root causes of our issues, and then we must work pro-actively to address those root causes by building new models that make them obsolete.
Pattern Language fits into this equation next; Observe the current system/model and identify what the issues are, then look at other models/systems that have successfully dealt with the same or similar issues. Identify the patterns that may be adapted or modeled after to address the issues at hand.
At the root, it seems that Consciousness (how we view or selves and our relation to world around us)is our main issue. The assumptions of our current culture are beginning to fail to cope with the reality of our world.
Cartesian Dualism and Reductionist Thinking no longer offer adequate solutions.
Ecologically speaking, we are in a state of Overshoot. We are consuming our natural resources faster than they can regenerate themselves. Our civilization has become more or less entirely dependent upon Cheap & Abundant Energy in the form of Oil. That is no longer feasible. The more we push for new growth, and as “undeveloped” countries race to become like the developed ones, the faster we burn through what remains. We ignored the warnings of M. King Hubbert’s predictions that non-renewable energy sources followed bell shaped curves, now known as Peak Oil. He accurately predicted the 1970 Peak in U.S. production 14 years beforehand. It would also seem that his predictions for Global Peak occurring in the early 2000’s were not too far of either.
Oil is an incredibly useful substance. Other than nuclear, no other energy source can compare to the amount of energy density held within each molecule. It’s reign is fading though. A finite resource can only last so long.
Our challenge then, is a shift in Consciousness from Cartesian to Post-Cartesian; to begin exploring Systems Thinking and Chaos Theory, and to view ourselves as a part of a larger system (the Biosphere as a whole) to which we are connected and dependent upon.
The “Curve” is where we find ourselves now; In a state of limbo/overlap between two models. One is failing while the other emerges from its fringes.