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the evidence suggests that we have consistently
exaggerated the contributions
of technological genius and underestimated
the contributions of natural resources.
. . . We need . . . something we lost in
our haste to remake the world: a sense
of limits, an awareness of the importance
of earth’s resources."
—Stewart Udall, 1980
sun, with all those planets revolving
around it and dependent on it, can still
ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had
nothing else in the universe to do."
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Some Ways We Can Be Wise
Issue of The
Toward a Sustainable Future
(including a chapter from Limits to Growth: The
30-Year Update, Chelsea
Green Publishing, 2004,
by Donella Meadows, Dennis Meadows, and Jørgen Randers;
and excerpts from a talk by Dennis Meadows)
With the tragic impact of the recent natural disasters and the
growing evidence of global warming, climate change has come to
the forefront as a major concern and challenge for the world’s
citizenry. While the realization of the scope of the problem
is new to many, system dynamicists have been documenting the
troubling trends for more than 30 years. In 1972, a group at
MIT created a computer model that projected the alarming consequences
of continued unchecked growth. The resulting book, The Limits
to Growth (Universe Books, 1972), shocked the world and became
an international best seller.
Meadows (deceased), Dennis Meadows, and Jørgen
Randers recently published a third edition, Limits to Growth:
The 30-Year Update (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2004). In updating the
model and book, they found that the trends documented three decades
ago were largely unchanged and that humankind continues on a path
toward environmental and social collapse. But rather than offering
a series of grim prospects for the future, the authors conclude
the book with an optimistic call to action and a surprising set
of “tools” for making the transition to a more sustainable
way of living on the planet.
Thanks to the
generosity of Chelsea Green
in the November
2005 issue of The Systems Thinker, we published
Chapter 8 of The Limits to Growth:The 30-Year Update in
its entirety. We also included recent
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of collaboration in finding and implementing solutions to big problems. Because
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Ways We Can Be Wise
scope and complexity of our world’s problems grow, so grows
our need for wisdom. When people talk about wisdom, they often
use sight-related words such as insight, foresight, discernment,
farsightedness, brilliance, reflection, and vision. This metaphor
of seeing offers a powerful way to begin to evaluate the wisdom
of decisions, actions, policies, leaders, and so on.
are wise when we extend our vision to perceive the largest possible
perspective of a situation.
are wise when we extend our vision into the future to the consequences
of our present actions.
are wise when we extend our vision beyond our personal view—and
beyond the dominant view of our group or culture—to
hear and understand the views of others.
are wise when we extend our vision beyond convenient labels and
judgments to view things more as they are.
are wise when we extend our vision beyond isolated facts and
linear logic into the whole fabric of life, using all the forms
of knowing that are given to us.
are wise when we extend our vision beyond certainty to the underlying,
all-encompassing, ever-unfolding mystery of life.
can lead to many soulfully effective solutions to the diverse
sufferings of our world and its people. We need our wisest eyes
to find them. These wise eyes are ours, if we choose to see through
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