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Contents
 
Foreword by Joseph Chilton Pearce
Introduction
Part I
We're Running Out of Ancient Sunlight
We're Made Out of Sunlight
Extracting More Sunlight--From Other Animals
Extracting more sunlight--from the land
When ancient sunlight got stored in the Earth
Using ancient sunlight
More ways to burn ancient sunlight
So, how long will our savings hold out? How much fossil fuel do we have left?
How Can Things Look So Good Yet Be So Bad?
1. Don't "pay as you go"--just live off your "startup capital"
2. The "Ponzi scheme"
Our fossil fuel resources: startup capital or Ponzi scheme?
And when the fuel runs out?
Can we "grow our way out of it"?
The crisis in our oceans
Ancient diseases are re-emerging
Things may look good simply because we don't see or hear what's happening
Slavery and Freedom
Glimpsing a Possible Future in Haiti and Other Hot Spots
The Philippines: children hunting for garbage to eat
Nepal: walking four hours to find the day's wood
Western Africa: the wood was used up, erosion set in, now it's desert
We notice rapid changes, not slow ones
The Death of the Trees
Trees
The root system "water pump"
Reseeded saplings can't pull the water down
Trees for beef: slashing rainforests so Americans can have a 99-cent burger
Deforesting removes roots, affecting groundwater and the water cycle
Extinctions: Diversity Supports Survival
Diversity supports survival, and we're losing it
When systems are small, local, and widely scattered, they're relatively immune to failure
Social diversity, too, is suffering
Climate Changes
The Garden of Eden and the Flood
A New Ice Age?
The Atlantic's undersea river
Ancient tropical times
Global Warming and the End of Civilization
Consider where we are at this point
A Visit to a Country that's Planning How to Survive: China
Who will feed China?
The Last Hours of (Cheap, Clean) Water
Collapsing aquifers
River waters at risk
Drinking water unsafe?
Water for profit
Deforesting, Fighting for Fuel, and the Rise and Fall of Empires
Can we save our civilization with alternatives to oil?
A big economic hurdle: artificially low oil prices discourage investment
Another hurdle: it takes oil to make non-oil technologies
"Green" energy
The selling of pseudo-green
When fuel runs low, fighting starts
Part II
Younger and Older Cultures: How Did We Get Here?
Historical perspective
Social psychology
The Power of Our Point of View: Older and Younger Cultures
There's power in how we think about things
Younger Culture Drugs of Control
Balanced and fair lies?
Information deficits
We're not just asleep: we're intoxicated
The sickness of "living in boxes"
What it's like to be in touch with the world again
Younger Culture Stories About How Things Are
Today's "Younger Culture" view
WÄtiko: gaining by consuming others' lives
The Basis of Our Culture
1. "It's women's fault."
2. "The Creator made us all bad" (a uniquely younger-culture idea)
3. "The Creator is a forgetful bookkeeper"
Consequences of the story that "everybody else is bad, too"
Nuclear waste goes to war
The present story: we're disconnected, separate
Our view of "primitive" people
Our culture's growth has similarities to cancer
Assault by Younger Culture leaves one with limited choices
Change the story
What We Need to Remember
"The Great Forgetting"
The beauty of remembering
What we must remember: The "Older Culture" view
The birth of class differences and power structures
How it happened
The "slavery" (losing your freedom) of civilization
Leisure time
Depth of culture
Modern-day slaves
The Lives of Ancient People
From the San and the Kogi: Value community and cooperation; we are part of the world, not separate from it
From the Kayapo: sustainable agriculture
Power vs. Cooperation in Social Structure: the City-state vs. Tribes
Tribal and city-state cultural structures
The structure of a tribal or democratic group
Political independence
Egalitarian structure
Locally based, dependent on renewable local resources
A sense of unique identity
Respect for other tribes
The structure of a non-democratic city-state culture
Political domination
Hierarchical, not egalitarian
Trade- and conquest-based
Exploitative evangelism and "absorptive" identity
Warfare with other city-states
How city-states might have started
Tribal Populations
But how do tribes control their population?
"But our nations are so stable..."
Anarchy or tribalism?
The least toxic form of city-state
The Robots Take Over
The real robots
But What About Darwin? Isn't the Victor Right?
Part III
What Can We Do About It?
Transform ourselves
Change our technologies
Change how we think of and use science
We can learn many of these lessons simply by reconnecting to the wisdom of our ancestors
We can build communities that work
Transforming culture by transforming politics
The New Science
The first person's view
Physics discovers consciousness
You do change the world every day
Practice small acts of anonymous mercy
Reconnect with God ... directly
New Stories Are Necessary to Change the World
The dominant story can and does get changed. Then reality changes
Touching the Sacred
Viewing the Past
Achieve Presence
Learn to Create Awareness
Lessons from a Monk
Re-empower Women
The Secret of "Enough"
The meaning of wealth
The wealth of security
But aren't they dirt-poor?
Our poverty
Respect Other Cultures and Communities
Respecting the Sabbath for the land and Jubilee
Older Culture Wealth
Renounce the Destruction of Life
Look into the Face of God
Change the Focus of How We Use Technology
Use our oil to not use oil
The ultimate resource
Living "off the grid"
Conservation
Turn Off the TV
The Modern-Day Tribe: Intentional Community
Intentional communities
Get support and information from the growing community movement
A visit to an "intentional community"
Genetics
Charismatic leadership and a shared vision
A life's mission or work
Shared survival concerns
Reinventing Our Daily Life and Rituals
Rituals don't go away, they merely change
Intentional rituals
Reinventing rituals
Transforming Culture Through Politics
The Younger Culture "new" conservatives
The new feudalism
The sacred archetype
Taking Back America
Don't get angry...
But what about ideological "purity"?
Now is the time to act
Something Will Save Us
True change is not a simple process
The Something-Will-Save-Us Viewpoint
Younger Cultures and Something-Will-Save-Us beliefs
If we could just find the right lever
Older Cultures and the Synergist world-view
So what are the easy answers to difficult problems?
We Have Much to Learn...and Even More to Remember
Afterword
Acknowledgments
Recommended Reading
 

Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Human ecology, Human ecology Philosophy, Environmental protection