Whatever may be uncertain about the future, one thing is sure, we cannot go on as we are.
Almost all of our modern problems can be traced back to one single most cause – our relationship with Earth; diseases, environmental degradation, climate change, poverty, health, natural disasters etc. Today, almost all our needs are brought to us from far away and most of us travel to another place to work; children travel distances to schools; we travel hours to buy our vegetables and groceries, not knowing where they come from. Our drinking water travels thousands of kilometers, so do our energy needs. We are, now, part of an economy, which is national, or global in scale, which relies heavily on fossil fuels. One outcome being – we become separated from the consequences of our actions and dependant on forces way beyond our control not realizing that in the choices we make in buying something we are playing an active part in that process without even knowing it – there lies the problem of remoteness – the problem of the modern society.
Human race today stands on the brink of self-annihilation. The Earth can only survive in a healthy state if we match our consumption with need, not greed. It is time to return to the source; time for a complete transformation in our ways of thinking, our lifestyle choices and decisions we make every day. It seems that the limit of scientific development has been reached, misgivings have begun to be felt and the time for reappraisal has arrived. We cannot create luxury somewhere without creating a mess elsewhere. We can draw lessons from the past, but we cannot live in it, anymore. It is not impractical to change the rules of the game when the game is clearly killing us. If humankind is to survive, the matter of changing the rules in no more optional. It is time to look at systemic and holistic integrated solutions rather than a piecemeal or quick fix approaches.
Its time for a back-to-the-land movement; a step backward technologically, through the use of some of the most advanced technology available.