Green all the way!

I can’t sleep, so I continued my study on nuclear energy, and had a great time until all hell broke loose – my mind that is. I came across an article on anti-sustainability, trying to prove why sustainability is wrong. Radicals and extremists are generally harmless, but reading their arguments can confuse you especially when you are in need of some sleep (but you just can’t).

One might argue on the concept of sustainability, as it is mainly based on the ‘so-called’ trans-generational responsibility. That’s true- as Brundtland definition of sustainability that is the most widely used definition says that it is the kind of development that satisfies the need of the current generation without compromising the future generation’s quality of life. Something like that, that is in my own words by the way.

But this anti-sustainability argues that the concept is based on our prediction of what the future generation wants. After all, do we really know what they want?

Sustainability policy relies on additional arguments: trans-generational equity, or trans-generational empathy:

A1. “We do not live in a nuclear waste dump, so we cannot ask future generations to do so.”
A2. “We would not like to live in a nuclear waste dump, so we should spare future generations this suffering also.”

Again, the additional arguments are biased toward continuance of the existing. Equity among generation implies similar conditions of life in each generation. Empathy with future generations is limited by the impossibility of imaging their condition, and therefore their preference. Ask people today about their preferred future, and they will describe the present, with negative aspects removed.(source)

And guess what, the whole idea of sustainability and trans-generational responsibility is traced back to a guy name Hans Jonas, a student of Heidegger, who was a Nazi philosopher, although not the philosopher of Nazism. It political source was actually a German right-wing ideology of the inter-war period.

Not bad.

Your Mind is Green

Of all the mind types, yours has the most balance.

You are able to see all sides to most problems and are a good problem solver.

You need time to work out your thoughts, but you don’t get stuck in bad thinking patterns.

You tend to spend a lot of time thinking about the future, philosophy, and relationships (both personal and intellectual).

Nothing particularly important about this self-absorbed test, but hey, I am a green.

Cool. I like that result.


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