Re: Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment
The real trouble is that people serve the wrong goals. The only way to change the world is by changing the citizens of the world. Everything is built on top of the people. Success must be measured according to the life of the common person, who represents most of society. We measure it by the few at the very top. Decisions must be made based on their consequences for everyone. We make them based on the consequences to us directly.
The Truth is so simple and obvious that children figure it out all the time. If we all conduct ourselves in such a way that everyone benefits, then everyone wins. If we all conduct ourselves in such a way that everyone is always selfishly chasing their own advantage, no one wins. The best philosophical formulation I've seen of this comes from Immanuel Kant and the three formulations of his "categorical imperative."
1. An act is moral if it can be desirably universalised; i.e. if every person were to act a particular way in given circumstances, what kind of world would we live in?
2. An act is moral if it treats people as ends unto themselves and not just means to an end. Many interactions treat people as means to an end, but every person must also be an end worth serving.
3. Every person should act as if their own behaviour was going to be used as a universal law to govern the behaviour of everyone on the planet.
If we could all catch up to this man who lived in the 1700's, we would be infinitely better off in the long run. This is the sort of material that is taught in introductory classes to moral philosophy. This is considered standard knowledge for any philosopher. This shows that nearly everyone has access to good thinking, but that very few actually care about it. The real problem is that most people don't care. This is why we live in an uncaring world.