Category Archives: philosophy

Should we use Mars as a lifeboat for humanity?

A person whose first language is not English asked a question with this meaning. His opinion is that the problems we face on Earth will only follow us to Mars. I’m interested in your reaction to my reply to him … Continue reading

Posted in environment, philosophy, technology | 1 Comment

Georgina Byrne, Farmer: an interview

One of my trusted sources of information is The Conversation. I’ve even been known to make the occasional donation to keep it going. When I’ve read an article, if I have the time, I’ll look at the comments, and perhaps … Continue reading

Posted in Inspiration, Interviews by me, philosophy | 1 Comment

Nobel laureate knocks the GDP

If I were an evil genius and wanted to cause maximum destruction with maximum misery, I’d invent the Gross National Product (GDP) as the measure, and economic mechanisms that collapse unless the GDP keeps growing. I’ve been shouting this for … Continue reading

Posted in philosophy, politics | Leave a comment

A person from India is worried. Please read my answer.

Are we near the apocalypse? I set out the case, and offer a course of action. My old friends will have heard it all, in various versions, but perhaps a new summary is still worthwhile. And you may see fit … Continue reading

Posted in environment, philosophy | 6 Comments

What point is there in living if humans have destroyed the planet and there’s nothing good left in it?

This was a question on Quora. Please read my answer.

Posted in compassion, environment, philosophy, Psychology

Rachel Carson was right

I was a young fellow when Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring burst on the global landscape. Humanity banned DDT — and replaced it with worse. I’ve been saying for years that the flood of poisons we immerse the planet in is … Continue reading

Posted in environment, philosophy

Greta’s wisdom

The Nordic Council has awarded Greta Thunberg its annual environmental prize. As well as the honour, this involves a large sum of money; approx. $52,000. She has declined to accept it. Her response: “The climate movement does not need any … Continue reading

Posted in Climate change, environment, Inspiration, philosophy

A path from achievement to satisfaction

A guest post by Makesh Karuppiah Makesh makes one of his books available free over the internet. This set of quotations prominently features at the opening: Mahatma Gandhi: Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s … Continue reading

Posted in environment, Guest posts, philosophy | 8 Comments

The story of an enlightened spirit

I was reading about something else when I saw a link to “strange fruit.” I didn’t know the meaning, and clicked. I’ve never heard of Abel Meeropol, but now he is one of my heroes. His story made me feel … Continue reading

Posted in compassion, Inspiration, philosophy

Quora answer on choosing to be childfree

Please read my answer to the question: “Should couples stop having more kids to protect the planet?”

Posted in environment, philosophy, Psychology