The pressure is overwhelming to acknowledge the unsustainability of our lifestyle. Despite being shown photografic evidence, we let the process go on. How can this narcissistic species afford to neglect its own future? Is our intelligence overrated and are we fatally inconsistent?
I suppose that the answer may root in our self-destructive nature. We exploit our own body by clinging to bad habits although we know that it is the organism to contain us until the final day. Most of these self-destructive habits are deliberetaly pursued as they feel so good, later due to the difficulty of withdrawal. Besides we do not excel at long-term planning. Experts say humans actually live for the moment and a limited future.
Furthermore, humans are attracted by both actual and imaginary danger. We tend to solve lasting conflicts by using weapons and massacring peoples. In peacetime, we enjoy watching thrillers and horror movies. Pleasure center of the brain is activated by violence, which has always been crucial to get territory and food.
Can anybody expect a health-unconscious being to function on an environment-friendy way? Is it realistic to require eco-conscious decisions from individuals who smoke cigarettes carrying lethal health warnings?
Looking back on the evolution of mankind, I would attribute our success partially to our conscious flexibility. Our current omnipresence could be achieved by being off the initial track and forcing ourselves into new artificial habits. Environment-awareness may become a core value for future generations by means of appropriate socialization, as the love of your neighbour managed to.
Here, I am trapped in a very common mistake and the source of so many troubles. I tend to shift the responsibity to our offsprings. I expect them to follow a more developed approach, where my generation seems to fail. Am I hopeless?
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