Originally Posted by logtroll
Originally Posted by Greger
American "culture" is not just about money and greed. Hatred also plays an enormous role.
I just thought of another major element that dominates and controls human culture - cars.

What would our culture look like without cars? I think our future with cars is extinction.
I reckon bringing up cars as a cornerstone of American culture was cutting too close to the bone? I admit, it’s genuinely scary to contemplate the enormous nuances of that reality. I think we are headed for a Thelma and Louise ending.

Then there are the twin evil accomplices of motor vehicles - speed and energy. We have a global culture (not just American, though we may have been the early promotors) that is pedal to the metal with the fuel gauge hovering near zero. It was all predicted in The Milagro Beanfield Wars, with its theme of subsistence culture being overrun by capitalist “progress”.

Yum, yum, eat ‘em up! I’m gittin’ mine while the gittin’s good!!

Smoke ‘em if ya got ‘em…

You never change things by fighting the existing reality.
To change something, build a new model that makes the old model obsolete.
R. Buckminster Fuller