'Clearing a way for Survival'
“YOU NEVER CHANGE THINGS BY FIGHTING THE EXISTING REALITY. TO CHANGE SOMETHING, BUILD A NEW MODEL THAT MAKES THE EXISTING MODEL OBSOLETE.”
(R. Buckminster Fuller , 1895-1983)
Un-testable, Invalid Assumptions → Invalid Models → A Failed Culture
New, Testable Assumptions → New, Valid Models → New Cultures
Today, we humans— members of the currently dominant world culture —confront surprisingly large numbers of inter-dependent, life-threatening emergencies. Taken together, these emergencies amount to a planet-wide survival-crisis, which threaten to “simplify” the biosphere. And these developing “'simplifications' of the biosphere” arose out of badly-oriented activities of humans. If, for the next few years, we keep on doing as we've done for the past six to eleven thousand years, these “simplifications” which we have initiated will, I predict, kill the members of the currently dominant culture; kill also the human non-member inhabitants of planet Earth, and so will exterminate the entire human genus/species; and will kill the rest of the Earth-style organisms, our non-human neighbors. If we allow that to happen, this one failed culture, the members of this one failed culture, will have rendered Planet Earth about as habitable as its Moon.
In 1965, I characterized the 'present state of the human condition' by a single phrase: acute suicidal emergency.
I have spent my entire working lifespan studying these inter-locking self-destructive-and-other-destructive activities—and related topics. For the sake of analysis, I subdivided this survival-crisis 1965 into four inter-dependent problems:
1. We do not know, reliably, how not to have wars;
2. We have not figured out how to stop having too many human babies;
3. We keep contaminating the biosphere, destroying the biological resources which make life capable of continuing; and
4. We do not have sane societies: nowhere have we created human environments fit for humans to live in. (CAH, 1965, p. 1)
What would we humans have to LEARN NOT TO DO —and then STOP DOING—and what would we have to LEARN TO DO, and actually START DOING, in order to REJECT and REPLACE our relentless annihilating—to begin to HEALING OURSELVES-AND-OUR-PLANET?
“NEVER DOUBT THAT A SMALL GROUP OF THOUGHTFUL COMMITTED CITIZENS CAN CHANGE THE WORLD; INDEED, IT'S THE ONLY THING THAT EVER HAS.”
(Attributed to Margaret Mead (1901-1978))
New Assumptions→New Models→(New Cultures?)
Come on, friends, take a good look—in detail—at what we have DONE, and test it for yourselves. Then stand on our shoulders—extend the workable parts! ENABLE the unborn generations to GET BORN! This looks like our very last chance to arrange to do this, as a genus which now contains only one
C. Andrew Hilgartner, MD,
Director, Hilgartner & Associates
- For reference, an older version of this site is available here
- Email note to President Obama via White House website
- A 2nd open letter to President Obama Eliminating Nuclear "Weapons" (2).
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