In The Delusion of Progress Pierre-Auguste Chomat portrays a young individual who gradually becomes an unconditional believer in progress and a full member of an industrial society that sets almost no limits to its material development. The case presented by the author defines Western Society as a whole. Industrialized countries take for granted that Progress characterizes Man and is a natural movement of his being. We have faith in Progress. We do not question its values. Progress qexistsq the way God qexists.q We have become fundamentalists of Progress. Our societal behavior has some severe flaws. Most critically, it is exhausting the resources on which it is based and the damage that it is inflicting on Earth is often irreversible, putting life as we know it in jeopardy. The momentum that maintains our civilization is suicidal. We are on the brink of an ecosystem and economic planetary crisis never before seen in human history. Chomat thrusts upon us quintessential questions. Why, in the name of Progress, do we behave like an irresponsible species? Will we be able to exist outside our cybernetic world? Do we still know how to live in a sustainable manner? How to be a being?The current rate is 3.5 Gt per year. From 1955 to 2006, the amount of carbon stored in the atmosphere increased by more than 20%. In 2006, it reached the concentration of 800 Gt. This is 210 Gt beyond the 590 Gt maximum of the past 500anbsp;...
|Title||:||The Delusion of Progress|
|Publisher||:||Universal-Publishers - 2008-06|