As always you can find me in the following locations (as well as here)
- http://docandersen.wordpress.com – my architecture blog
- http://docandersen.podbean.com – my podcast personal and architecture stuff
- http://www.architect-center.com – where you can find the DAS.
I have been thinking about the financial crisis we are in as a nation right now (as well as the broader world wide problem,). I stack this up against the looming crisis that is global warming and I wonder about the why of this problem.
I once went to a class where they talked about the concept that why, drives what and how. How you do something and what you use to do it is driven by why you do it.
I worry that the ethics of the world around us are what is driving the problem we are experiencing. That the fact that people are willing to cut corners (global warming and banking) may result in a collapse of the world around us.
Global Warming takes our planet to the edge of its resources.
The financial crisis will take humanity to the edge of its resources. we have so many huge problems in the world (starvation and violence) to work through that these two huge distractions may cause us to blink.
Did our ethics bring us to this point? We do to each other (genocide) what we are doing to our planet (global warming). Our ethics are questionable at times. But if you look at the history of our world, that is often the case.
The writers I read in my youth railed against a world that sought answers through muscle rather than thinking about the long term impact of problems. Asimov, Heinlein, Bova, Orson Scott Card and others brought to us story after story of a world imploding from it’s own lack of ethics.
Christ came to us and said “change” and we did not listen.
Buddha came to us and said “change” and we did not listen.
Mohamed came to us and said “change” and we did not listen.
In our arrogance how many times do we believe the call will come?