Humanity at the 4th Agricultural Crossroads: A Choice of Cleverness or Wisdom

Humanity at the 4th Agricultural Crossroads: A Choice of Cleverness or Wisdom
Humanity finds itself at a Malthusian crossroads. The United Nations (UN) estimates that there are now seven billion [1] co-pilots on this Spaceship Earth (Fuller, 1968), each operating a unique set of controls as we journey through space together. (Appendix A) This presents a challenge, the enormity of which we’ve not dealt with before. The scientific and technical challenges we face are dwarfed by the level of maturation we as a species must quickly arrive at.

Looking for Simple Solutions to Complex Issues?

I’m working on a paper for my environmental ethics class. I read a couple of articles for the effort which I thought were worth sharing. The first, an essay from Wendell Berry, farmer, philosopher and poet, titled “Whose Head Is the Farmer Using?” (From “Meeting the Expectations of the Land”) suggests that we stretch ourselves to the point of overwhelm and then attempt to apply quantitative solutions to qualitative problems.