Article: How NASA Thinks Society Will Collapse
Apparently, NASA also realized that this megalomaniac madness we call civilization can’t exist much longer. Still, I do not understand how they can’t see the obvious – it is civilization itself that causes the collapse, and no matter how we try to adjust civilization, all it will do is to delay the inevitable.
The report reads:
“Collapse can be avoided, and population can reach a steady state at the maximum carrying capacity, if the rate of depletion of nature is reduced to a sustainable level, and if resources are distributed equitably,”
1. The carrying capacity of this planet is exceeded by several billion humans already. So if our goal is maximum carrying capacity, that must mean a lot of us have to leave for the happy hunting grounds.
2. Every rate of depletion of Nature can not be sustainable, if you cut down ‘only’ 10,000 square miles of forest per year and kill off ‘only’ 100 species per year, theoretically that still means that at one point you’ll arrive at zero square miles forest and zero species, it just buys you some more years time.
3. Every lifestyle that is based on the use of resources can’t be sustainable either, since resources require environmental destruction of some form in all but a few instances, and of most resources there is a limited amount available that will be used up one day.
What this conclusion really says is this: If we respect the carrying capacity for humans on this planet (less than 50 mio. people), deplete nature at a sustainable level (which means not at all or with no considerable impact) like prehistoric humans did, and leave the resources where they are, we’ll avoid collapse.
So all we need to do is to go back to our roots and rediscover what it really means to be human, abandon civilization for good and thus avoid its collapse? Seems paradox…