Worster, Donald  “Nature and the Disorder of History”
Soule, Michael E., and Gary Lease. ­Reinventing Nature?­
Responses to Postmodern Deconstruction.­ D.C.: 1995
ISBN 1559633107

Page 65

Attitudes about nature and the environment change. But contrary to the belief of many contemporary postmodern historians, whose excessive relativism may distort reality, change may not be the most important metaphysical principle. Still, disorderly change is the fashion of the day. Just as in ecology, where the Victorian paradigm of stability, equilibrium, and order has been superseded by a paradigm of disturbance and disorder, the contemporary historian's view of human society rejects the notions of normality, equilibrium, progress, and all value judgments; it is fixated on disorder. As Marx said: "All that is solid melts into air, all that is holy is profaned."

"Oral History Saves Island From Tsunami"


The ground shook so hard, people couldn't stand up when the massive earthquake rattled this remote Indonesian island - the closest inhabited land to the epicenter of the devastating temblor.

But unlike hundreds of thousands of others who thought the worst was over when the shuddering stopped, the islanders remembered their grandparents' warnings and fled to higher ground in fear of giant waves known locally as "semong."
Within 30 minutes, Simeulue became the first coastline in the world to experience the awesome force of the Dec. 26 tsunami. But only seven of the island's 75,000 people died - saved by the stories passed down over the generations.

Wright, Charles.  Chickamauga
ISBN 0374524815

Page 7

Desire discriminates and language discriminates:

They form no part of the essence of all things:
each word Is a failure, each object
We name and place leads us another step away from the light.
Loss is its own gain.
Its secret is emptiness.

Linden, Eugene.  Affluence and Discontent
New York: 1979
ISBN 0670239437

Page 33

There was also a rule of thumb concerning writers. To wit: that the writer who stayed six months in Tahiti might finish a novel; two years, and he might write a chapter; ten years, and he wouldn’t write a line. Both these dictums fall into the general category of decline referred to as Pacific Paralysis.

Brown, Lester.  "Replacing Economics with Ecology."
Solar Today
March/April 2000

Page 50

The market is a remarkably efficient device for allocating resources and for balancing supply and demand, but it does not respect the sustainable yield thresholds of natural systems. In a world where demands of the economy are pressing against the limits of natural systems, relying exclusively on economic indicators to guide investment decisions is a recipe for disaster. Historically, for example, if the supply of fish was inadequate, the price would rise, encouraging investment in additional fishing trawlers. This market system worked well. But today, with the fish catch already exceeding the sustainable yield of many fisheries, investing in more trawlers in response higher seafood prices will simply accelerate the collapse of fisheries. A similar situation exists with forests, rangelands and aquifers.

Sachs, Wolfgang.  The Development Dictionary: ­A Guide to Knowledge as Power
Zed Books
New Jersey: 1992
ISBN 1856490432

Page 34

In the late 1980s, concern about depleting resources and worldwide pollution reached the commanding heights of international politics. Multilateral agencies now distribute biomass converters and design forestry programmes. Economic summits quarrel about carbon dioxide emissions. And scientists launch satellites into orbit in order to check on the planet's health. But the discourse which is rising to prominence has taken on a fundamentally biased orientation; it calls for extended management, but disregards intelligent self-limitation.

Bernard, Ted., and Jora Young.  The Ecology of Hope
New Society: 1997
ISBN 0865713545

Page 193

These eight characteristics (a good working knowledge of the ecosystem; a commitment to ecosystem health; a commitment to learning; respect for all parts; a sense of place; acceptance of change; a long-term investment horizon; ability to set limits) are facets of one central notion: all life does not revolve around the human species, any more than the sun revolves around the Earth.

Roberts, Ian.  “A Short History of Walking.”
Nature Medicine
March 1998

Page 263

It is estimated that one in four women living to age 90 will sustain a hip fracture. There is a linear relationship between the risk of hip fracture and bone mineral density. In women, bone density peaks in early adulthood, remains stable until menopause and then falls. Bone density in old age depends on peak density and rate of loss. Physical activity both increases peak density and reduces post-menopausal loss. The decline in walking is thought to be one of the main reasons for the doubling of hip fracture rates since the 1960s. Since 1975, among women aged 30-59, distance walked fell by 21 percent.

David Budbill,  “Bugs in a Bowl”
Poet, Vermont in Roberts, Elizabeth., and Elias Amidon
Prayers For a Thousand Years
New York: 1999
ISBN 006066875

Page 150

Han-shan, that great and crazy, wonder-filled

Chinese poet of a thousand years ago, said:

We’re just like bugs in a bowl. All day
going around never leaving their bowl.

I say: That’s right! Every day climbing up
the steep sides, sliding back.

Michael Robin,  Technology For The Coming Millennium Progress
Technology and Society According To Kirkpatrick

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But you are asking a different question now. The answer to that is there is a moral way of living within the systems and institutions that surround us. It is a trivial and unreverberative way of acting, but you do it because it is moral. That is to say, I ride a bicycle in Manhattan, have a compost pile, and recycle everything that comes into the house—and very little comes into the house if I can help it.

Aldo Leopold

Quit thinking about decent land-use as solely an economic problem. Examine each question in terms of what is ethically and esthetically right, as well as what is economically expedient. A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.

Herman E. Daly, “Moving to a Steady-state Economy,” in Valuing the Earth: Economics, Ecology, Ethics, ed. Herman E Daly and Kenneth N. Townsend
(Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1993
Pages 28-9

Moreover, the so-called carrying capacity of the earth for human beings is not a scientific concept and cannot be measured by biologists. It is an elastic notion depending on social, economic, industrial, and agricultural practices. Morality teaches us that we are rich in proportion to the number of things we can afford to let alone, that we are happier in proportion to the desires we can control rather than those we can satisfy, and that a simpler life is more worth living. Economic growth may not be morally desirable even if it is ecologically sustainable.

Jeff Rubin,  Why your world is about to get a whole lot smaller
Random House
New York 2009

Pages 250 - 53

Mass?market size and standardized global commodities rein­force themselves, but at the expense of local tastes in local markets. While globalization brought the Atlantic salmon to dinner tables around the world, it also took away local flavor and context. In a smaller world, all the things that make food worth enjoying will again become more important.

And that will be true of many things. Local tastes and local customs, seemingly headed for extinction in the face of globaliza­tion's onslaught, will get a last?minute reprieve.

Samdhong Rinpoche,  Moral Implications Of A Global Consensus Ethics & Agenda 21
New York: 1994
ISBN 9211005264

Pages 104-107

The highest accomplishment of science and technical know-how of today lacks the comprehension of its good and bad consequences. It is a fact that the most perfect knowledge of a thing cannot see the total effects of an action which could be disastrous to many other beings either directly or indirectly. It is also a fact that understanding the harmful effects of an action is often not enough of its benefits to themselves, although it must in the long run prove disastrous to themselves, even cause their effacement....