Thursday, June 11, 2009

Give up hope on the environment


A wonderful thing happens when you give up on hope, which is that you realize you never needed it in the first place. Hope implies powerlessness, a lack of agency, and a reliance on forces beyond your control. To focus on an abstract sustainable future neglects the real-world actions that can be taken right now. When we realize the degree of agency we actually do have, we no longer have to ‘hope’ at all. We simply do the work. Derrick Jensen, 2006
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3 comments:

(Text)ure and (me)aning said...

Fucken great! Thanks for posting that

The Garden of Self-Defence said...

Derrick Jensen is to writing what David Holmgren is to sustainability.

The Garden of Self-Defence said...

well, actually they are both bonza when it comes to sustainability. both live exceptionally well. both have arrived at the same point: that if we mimic the systems of wild nature socially, environmentally and economically we can mitigate the forthcoming interrelated crisis' of global warming, peak oil and continued psychological/physiological unwellness.