Origin of Our Situation

Changing properly requires that we understand properly where we are starting from.

These are the incontrovertible features of our situation:

Those features define the limits of our options, and describe the parameters we must obey to restrain the unintended consequences of any change we propose.

Put more humanely:

  • We cannot escape our nature as social creatures
  • We have to support each other
  • We must be more efficient in our use of the planet’s resources
  • There’s only so much money we can raise from taxes

Understanding these origins, and the constraints they force upon us, requires that we develop pathways to change that fit within these boundaries.

Honouring freedom, supporting group decision making, providing unconditional social safety and living within the boundaries of our natural environment are not options, they are inescapable requirements.

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