By Pentti Linkola

With the teach of civilization hurtling at ever-increasing pace in the direction of self-destruction, the main urgent query dealing with humanity within the twenty first century is that of the protection of existence itself. Can lifestyles succeed? presents a thorough but firmly grounded point of view at the ecological difficulties threatening either the biosphere and human tradition. With essays masking subject matters as assorted as animal rights, extinction, deforestation, terrorism and overpopulation, Can lifestyles succeed? makes the lucid, tough writing of Linkola to be had to the English-speaking public for the 1st time. "By decimating its woodlands, Finland has created the grounds for prosperity. we will be able to now thank prosperity for bringing us - between different issues - million autos, hundreds of thousands of gleaming, digital leisure packing containers, and plenty of unneeded constructions to hide the fairway earth. Surplus wealth has ended in playing on the market and rampant social injustice, wherein 'the universal humans' turn out contributing to the development of golfing classes, five-star inns, and vacation hotels, whereas fattening Swiss financial institution bills. along with, the folk of rich nations are the main annoyed, unemployed, unsatisfied, suicidal, sedentary, valueless and aimless humans in historical past. What a depressing exchange." -Pentti Linkola Kaarlo Pentti Linkola was once born in Helsinki, Finland in 1932. Having spent so much of his existence operating as a certified fisherman, he now keeps to steer an easy lifestyles within the kingdom. A popular determine in Finland, Linkola has released quite a few books and essays on environmentalism because the Sixties. at the present time, he's one of the finest exponents of the philosophy of deep ecology.

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How many believe that human well-being, pleasure and happiness diminish the more we follow this path? And that even if this path were not to lead to ecocatastrophe and extinction, it would still be a gloomy and dreadful one? It is often the case that after a municipal assembly or a similar event, when a bad decision has been taken, a member of the assembly will privately admit that he was personally against the decision, but voted in favour all the same because he knew it was the position held by the majority and did not wish to shatter the consensus, disturb the easy flow of things, and give rise to unnecessary confusion.

Besides, life is often mysterious: it might be the case that neither we “environmentalists” nor anyone else actually know what worldview, what outlook, is held by the majority of people and what by the minority. Is society being led in a direction that the majority does not actually approve of? How many actually wish for and support things like strenuous competition, efficiency, rationalisation and renovation? Like trying for the sake of trying, always rushing to invent new things and abandon the old?

The other sad consequence of having all these signs up is that people’s thoughts are burdened: their thinking is constantly being drawn towards trivial nonsense. Every day people are forced to wade through hundreds or thousands of price tags just to figure out where to buy the cheapest tomatoes or mackerel. And where does all our pious talk about the saving of paper and energy go when new posters are affixed everyday, myriads of supermarket catalogues are shoved into every mailbox, magazines devote dozens of pages to food advertising and hundreds of thousands of cars travel from one discount store to another seeking discounts?

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