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Invisible Walls: Why We Ignore the Damage We Inflict on the Planet and Ourselves
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Our wants for food, housing, medicine, transportation, luxuries, and all the other benefits of industrialization have resulted in the exploitation of our natural surroundings. We know our actions affect the physical world we depend on, so why must we be faced with catastrophic problems--overpopulation, the loss of bio-diversity, global warming, and the like--before we act to protect the planet's ecosystem--and then often inadequately?
With astute analysis Peter Seidel explores the complex convergence of psychological, social, economic, and political factors that keep us from acting in our own self-interest. An environmental and human relations visionary, Seidel proposes adoption of a new "world model," a "universal ethic," and long-term societal goals.
Educators and journalists must give us a better understanding of ourselves-creatures evolved to function in a hunter-gatherer society, not in the complex, hazardous world we have created. We must learn to use our minds to control our primitive drives rather than to satisfy them.
Book News Annotation:
Explores the convergence of economic, social, and psychological factors that contribute to humanity's inability to cope with the serious environmental problems brought about by our exploitation of nature. The author looks at the way our social structures evolved and our modes of thought, and offers recommendations for changing the way we view and treat our place in the world as the only possible way out of this dilemma.
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Why are we blind to the daily assaults we make on our environment? Author Peter Seidel argues that if we are to take responsible action to save the Earth and ourselves, we must look at how we evolved as a species, our concepts of the world and how we fit into it, the beliefs we hold, the social structures we create, and the ethical views that divide us from each other and the natural world.
About the Author
Peter Seidel is an environmental architect/planner with wide-ranging interests who studied with world-renowned Bauhaus architect Mies van der Rohe and city planner Ludwig Hilberseimer. He is the author of Invisible Walls and 2045: A Story of Our Future.
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