The fact is that we, Idiot-Humans, are indeed simply and irreversibly FUCKED; “Economists” are among the stupidest of idiot-human animals. We’ve FAR surpassed the point of NO return…
Humans are the most short-sighted and destructive animals ever to roam this godforsaken earth; And when, NOT IF, all is said and done, I say Good Riddance to the whole rotten lot of them.
Here are more apropos quotes by many people who have indeed grasped the consequences of ruthless and rapacious human behavior:
“The problem is, of course, that not only is economics bankrupt but it has always been nothing more than politics in disguise… economics is a form of brain damage.”
~ Hazel Henderson
The destruction of the natural world is not the result of global capitalism, industrialisation, ‘Western civilisation’ or any flaw in human institutions. It is a consequence of the evolutionary success of an exceptionally rapacious primate. Throughout all of history and prehistory, human advance has coincided with ecological devastation.
~ John Gray, Straw Dogs
“Democracy cannot survive overpopulation. Human dignity cannot survive it. Convenience and decency cannot survive it. As you put more and more people onto the world, the value of life not only declines, it disappears. It doesn’t matter if someone dies. The more people there are, the less one individual matters.”
~ Isaac Asimov
“Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not so sure about the former.”
~ Albert Einstein
“How we dare even prate about democracy is beyond me. Our form of democracy is bribery, on the highest scale. It’s far worse than anything that occurred in the Roman empire, until the praetorian guard started to sell the principate. We’re not a democracy, and we have absolutely nothing to give the world in the way of political ideas or political arrangements. God knows, the mention of justice is like a clove of garlic to Count Dracula.”
~ Gore Vidal
“The kind of growth Western culture has experienced over the past three hundred years would be considered a sign of gross malfunction in any other context. Healthy growth is paced differently – it does not absorb or destroy everything living around it. It is cancerous cells that grow and reproduce rapidly in total disregard of their connection with surrounding cells. From this viewpoint technology would have to be regarded as a cancer on human culture, Western culture as a cancer on the human species, and the human species as a cancer on terrestrial life – a cancer that may in the end be treated by radiation and radical surgery at the same time.”
~ Philip Slater, Earthwalk, 1974
“To most of us nothing is so invisible as an unpleasant truth. Though it is held before our eyes, pushed under our noses, rammed down our throats – we know it not.” ~ Eric Hoffer
“When all the trees have been cut down, when all the animals have been hunted, when all the waters are polluted, when all the air is unsafe to breathe, only then will you discover you cannot eat money.”
~ Cree prophecy
“We stand today at a crossroads: One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other leads to total extinction. Let us hope we have the wisdom to make the right choice.”
~ Woody Allen
“…a society driven mainly by selfish individualism has all the potential for sustainability of a collection of angry scorpions in a bottle.”
~ David Ehrenfeld
Not only will men of science have to grapple with the sciences that deal with man, but — and this is a far more difficult matter — they will have to persuade the world to listen to what they have discovered. If they cannot succeed in this difficult enterprise, man will destroy himself by his halfway cleverness.
~ Bertrand Russell, 1951
“If we don’t halt population growth with justice and compassion, it will be done for us by nature, brutally and without pity — and we will leave a ravaged world.”
~ Dr. Henry W. Kendall, Nobel Laureate
“Anyone who thinks that an economy can be expanded forever, within the confines of a finite planet, is either a madman or an economist”
~ Kenneth Boulding
‘I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered..'”
~ Thomas Jefferson 1802
“The economy is a wholly owned subsidiary of the environment, not the other way around.”
~ Gaylord Nelson, 1916 – 2005
There are in nature neither rewards nor punishments – there are only consequences.
~ Robert G. Ingersoll<_P>Humans on the Earth behave in some ways like a pathogenic organism, or like the cells of a tumour or neoplasm. We have grown in numbers and disturbance to Gaia, to the point where our presence is perceptibly disturbing … the human species is now so numerous as to constitute a serious planetary malady. Gaia is suffering from Disseminated Primatemaia, a plague of people.
~ James Lovelock
A human population approaching 7 billion can be maintained only by desolating the Earth. If wild habitat is given over to human cultivation and habitation, if rainforests can be turned into green deserts, if genetic engineering enables ever-higher yields to be extorted from the thinning soils—then humans will have created for themselves a new geological era, the Eremozoic, the Era of Solitude, in which little remains on the Earth but themselves and the prosthetic environment that keeps them alive.
~ John Gray
“There is something fundamentally wrong with treating the Earth as if it were a business in liquidation.”
~ Herman Daly
“Indeed, I tremble for my planet, when I reflect that Nature is inflexible: that her response to our abuse cannot sleep forever.”
~ Thomas Jefferson
“Some scientists claim that hydrogen, because it is so plentiful, is the basic building block of the universe. I dispute that. I say there is more stupidity than hydrogen, and that is the basic building block of the universe.”
~ Frank Zappa
After Hubris Comes Nemesis
~ Byron King, Whiskey and Gunpowder
“They’re making more people every day, but they ain’t makin’ any more dirt.”
— Will Rogers
“Humankind cannot stand very much reality” ~ T.S. Eliot
It’s very clear that bacteria have been here much longer than we have, and as far as they’re concerned, we may be just a passing feature in their history.
~ Stuart Levy, M.D., 2000
“When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.”
~ Sinclair Lewis
“Humanity is just a virus with shoes.”
~ Bill Hicks
The first principle is that you must not fool yourself – and you are the easiest person to fool.
~ Richard Feynman
The predicament confronting humanity is the summary result of all our separate and innocent decisions to trade horses for a tractor, to move from a farm to the city, to live in a heated home, to reside far beyond walking distance from our place of work, to buy an automobile and not depend on public transportation, to specialize, exchange, and thereby prosper, and even to reproduce beyond replacement level.
~ Bottleneck, William R. Catton, Jr.
and my favorite,
Goddamn you all, I told you so.
~ Herbert George Wells