Footnotes 5: A Windy Idea

August 23, 2009

posted by Caroline Picard


We need new models of sustainability. Even as reports of global crisis encroach our daily consciousness, we continue to live lives dependant on fossil fuel. In order to remedy the current recession, we are encouraged once more to consume, in order to bring the country back to life. Because consumable objects function as societal symbols of stability and success, members of society cultivate those objects. In order to alter the course of desire, we must change the meaning of those symbols. If we do not, if we continue to follow our present mode of production in which more money means more exterior power and more self-worth, we will continue ravage our resources. If, perhaps, we could find other symbols and virtues for achievement, we might make a better home in the world at large.


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