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Gabe asked in Arts & HumanitiesPhilosophy · 2 months ago

Why haven't we achieved a totally sustainable society yet?

We seem to have everything and all the knowledge that it takes to leave in harmony with nature without destroying it. What are the main factors that hold us back?

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  • 2 months ago

    It's a lot of work.

    But it's a different work based on different perception of Freedom.

    Think about how easy or difficult for some to change their habbits, to stop smoking or give up eating red meat every day. Everyone probably  knows by now it's not good but they keep doing it because they can... it gives them sense of Freedom,  a choice.

    Remove destructive choice from the options, and people scream about dictatorship, censorship, lack of Freedom etc.

    Total sustainability means we also need to progress to the mental level where we organically process our own thoughts and emotions, and understand our own freedom within limitations we willingly put ourselves in. 

    Ask those who try sustainable living. Many already do it partially or to that extent they are currently able to. 

    It's not easy. It actually cost more for the most part. Organic/sustainable has its price not everyone wants or even able to pay. 

    If we want to suddenly jump to a very high level, the rules and laws would have to get very strict to where things like throwing a plastic bottle on a ground would mean a penalty. 

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  • 2 months ago

    Sustainability is a peaceful moment before all matter engulfs everything in its chaos again.   

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  • frau
    Lv 5
    2 months ago

    Here is the ultimate reason Jeremiah 10:23 says 23 this, I well know, O Jehovah, that man’s way does not belong to him.It does not belong to man who is walking even to direct his step. Humans are not able to bring about the conditions that you mentioned

    without Gods help. We have evidence for thousands of years that not one of all the forms of ruling have worked we need to rely on our creator, here is a great web site that you might enjoy. www.jw.org take care

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  • 2 months ago

    Over-population.

    Fix that, and you've fixed the world.

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  • P
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Overpopulation and exploitation

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    This question is probably better posed in the Social Sciences category because while philosophically everyone might agree that a sustainable society would  a good thing, socially and psychologically we can't all get along. Part of the reason is a healthy dose of greed. 

    • peter m
      Lv 6
      2 months agoReport

      "socially & psychologically we can't all get along". Should not this then be A PROPER PART OF philosophy?

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  • 2 months ago

    Because this is real life and such fantasies are simply not achievable and never will be you can make efforts to help make  things better but to think you can get everyone else on board and achieve 100% perfection is fantasy stuff human nature simply doesn't work like that.

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    • peter m
      Lv 6
      2 months agoReport

      Called "subjective philosophy"... Look IT Up & you will find just HOW & why philosophy today is so wracked with irresponsible naive nonsense & environmental mistakes (of a Teaching Kind..).

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  • 2 months ago

    We need to conquers space all we would ever need to eternity is out there but a gold planet would ruin the stock market unlimited oil would ruin the middle east etcetera etcetera etcetera 

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    • Equaliser
      Lv 5
      2 months agoReport

      You are American I presume who begged stole and borrowed  244 years of existence how the fu** would you know ? 

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  • 2 months ago

    We don't live sustainable lives because among other things we consume too much energy per capita and we don't do enough exercise.  Both of these factors have wide ranging and serious consequences.  We haven't found the right balance.  In fact balance isn't even the goal when we are trying to maximize profit all the time.  This is the problem.  Balance is what is needed not maximization.

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  • 2 months ago

    We need to eat..........

    • peter m
      Lv 6
      2 months agoReport

      we shouldn't just CONSUME KNOWLEDGE.... we must LEARN FROM it too.

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