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Buddhism vs Capitalism.....de-railing the consumerist juggernaut.


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In reply to an earlier post on 10 May 2012 21:36:19 BDT
Because they are not yet exploited. What resources we have is determined/controlled by our technical ability to exploit them, as this develops more resources 'appear'.

Technology will <<solve>> our resource problems together with other variables.

No complacency, just the evidence of technological development.

<<non-specific>> do you want specifics?

In reply to an earlier post on 10 May 2012 21:41:42 BDT
Beloved Gordon....pray tell "the fount" how mobile phones benefit the masses....and the PC....

Thank you

Your friend

El Gnomus

In reply to an earlier post on 11 May 2012 01:07:03 BDT
The Fount,
My wife talks to her friends and relations around the World for hours on end on Skype, some of them 'poor' people in 'poor' countries like the Philippines. They qualify as masses definitely. She's on it now, gibber jabbering to her poor sister in Spain. They all claim it benefits them, I take their word for it.

I hope this helps.

Yours etc., GB

PS
In Africa farmers use their mobiles to find the best prices for their crops. And people are using them to pay their bills and order stuff. You should stop watching ITV and switch to The BBC World Service...and learn something.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 May 2012 05:28:23 BDT
Beloved Gordon....

So people chit-chat....ah..."the fount" awakens...

In reply to an earlier post on 11 May 2012 13:39:51 BDT
Last edited by the author on 11 May 2012 13:42:58 BDT
gille liath says:
Yes, but *what* resources are not being exploited? According to the WWF we are, on the contrary, already well beyond a rate of resource use that would be sustainable.

When you talk about evidence, you're talking about the past, not the present or future. There's nothing on the horizon right now that promises to solve our problems - problems which, remember, only get worse as populations increase and incomes rise. You, and many like you, seem to have an almost superstitious faith in 'technology' - technology not developed, like carbon capture, not safe, like nuclear, or not even conceived of yet. It will appear like magic to prevent us having to change our behaviour in any way.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 May 2012 19:54:53 BDT
That's it then, there's no technology on the horizon right now, we're ****ed.

You will save the planet if you stick with your single 40 watt incandescent bulb and your copper cable.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 May 2012 20:00:04 BDT
gille liath says:
We might have a chance if we start by being realistic about the scale of the problem - not if we put our heads in the sand.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 May 2012 22:05:31 BDT
Beloved Gordon.....you are kind...

In reply to an earlier post on 11 May 2012 22:08:42 BDT
kind of what?

In reply to an earlier post on 11 May 2012 22:21:17 BDT
Last edited by the author on 12 May 2012 08:18:57 BDT
OK I'll email the 6.5 billion who don't live high on the hog in the 'West': "Deals off, you are staying in your mud huts".

In 1971 five professors from MIT in 'Limits to Growth' wrote that we will be all oiled out by 2022, there will be economic collapse and the World's output will drop back to the 1900 level. Now the WWF (I'm underwhelmed) are saying the same thing.

Save the Planet tip of the day:

Fit LEDs and fibre optic cable.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 May 2012 05:47:11 BDT
Beloved Gordon..."the fount" wishes you well in your amazing e-mail challenge...so many to do...

In reply to an earlier post on 12 May 2012 08:17:57 BDT
Like Father Christmas.
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