Why Are We Not Astonished?

In today's high-speed world, each of us receives vastly larger numbers of "bits" of information about our world than earlier generations ever did, but those bits are still like the dots in an extremely tiny fragment of an increasingly enormous picture. From where we normally see it, it is incomprehensible. But stand back far enough, and the larger picture comes into focus. The world's multiple declines become visible as a single decline. It becomes clear that we are in a mega-crisis of our own making, and that we have a chance now to escape it before it destroys us—but that the chance won't last long. The window of opportunity is closing fast. In his essay, Ed Ayres looks at ways we can reform our consciousness—beliefs, attitudes, values—in order to see through that window before it's too late.
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