Advanced economies are headed toward “The Great Simplification,” asserted Nate Hagens at our October Humanist Community Gathering. With our insatiable consumption of energy, we are living beyond the carrying capacity of the planet and a significant reduction in GDP is now likely.
Hagens covered a total of 20 modern myths that keep us from understanding the truth of our current predicament. Climate change is not the problem, but a symptom of our deeper problem of overconsumption and unlimited growth of our economies.
But Hagens laid out a very humanistic vision of a world in the last third of his presentation. He offered suggestions on how we could start imagining and creating different ways of being in the world – personally, in our local communities and associations (such as HumanistsMN), and in the larger society. This was somber content with a hopeful message.
If you want to get more involved with fellow humanists on this issue, consider getting involved with the Secular Saturday Sustainable Living group – the second Saturday of the month.
— Audrey Kingstrom