underpinnings – supporting concepts
These pages aren't part of the main ideas of choose the future! however they provide important information that supports the arguments and ideas of choose the future!
The topics are:
Most of the issues humanity faces involve exponential growth in some way. To really understand the seriousness of those issues we must first understand exponential growth.
Our economic system is structured to demand growth; that economic growth has massive negative consequences. The way we create money has a big influence on why we have economic growth and how that growth occurs.
Tragedy of the Commons is a concept that intends to explain the unintended destruction of a shared renewable resource by those that use it. Tragedy of the Commons underpins many of the
issues that we face.
The sixth mass extinction is happening now much faster than any of the previous great extinctions, and humanity is causing it.
Wilderness is an idea that disappears when you look too closely at it, and yet it is an important idea that affects how we deal with Earth.
Finding the perfect unlimited, near costless, non-polluting energy source would solve many of our problems, but it may also be the worst thing that could happen to us until we are ready for it.
Rights are a way to apply our moral ideas, ideas about what are the correct and wrong things to do. Rights can be used to shape our world, for better or for worse.
We often think that our common sense is a good basis for making important decisions, but we need to be aware of its limitations.