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Endgame, the Premises: Derrick Jensen

Premise One:  Civilization is not and can never be sustainable.  This is especially true for industrial civilization.

Do you feel the rumblings?  Does your heart ache for something more simple, more free, more human, than what we have created?

I do.  Mine does.

Are you beginning to sense that something is not quite right?  Have you pinpointed the moment that your creativity, your wildness, your heart and soul and humanity, was co-opted?

I am.  I have.

Have you ever really thought about how this country became “ours”?  Does it make you uneasy and do you tell yourself that was a long time ago and we had nothing to do with it?  And then do you wonder about these wars we continue to fight?  Do you wonder about the people in Afghanistan and Iraq?  Do you comfort yourself by believing they are all terrorists, out to take our freedoms and our lifestyle, our manifested destiny?

Are you afraid to look, afraid to follow the crumbs back to their original source?  Is everything still working for you or is your home foreclosed, your job gone, your child hungry?  What will it take for you to see?

Is it beginning to occur to you that you, too, might get in the way of progress?  What if that is what you decided to do – get in the way of progress, before progress decides it for you?

Do you feel the rumblings?

 

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