"An industrial capitalist society that does not recognize ecological limits but only perpetual economic expansion and has the profit motive as driver, will eventually consume and destroy itself."
"But we will all be taken down with it."
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It took CGKS a while, but she eventually picked up that when I get really excited about plans that don't quite make sense, it's best just to agree patiently until the idea passes. My father is the same way. Ultimately it's a good thing, I think, because it can make me very optimistic about big changes that might otherwise be intimidating. On the other hand, it could be seen as involving a lot of wasted time researching possibilities that won't ever come to pass.
(As an aside, I'm not sure whether the internet makes the time-wasting aspect better or worse. On one hand, it is easy to look into even fairly obscure ideas that I might otherwise let go of. On the other, it saves the time of running to the library. Except this time it didn't.)
The great idea for today: a vacation in Mexico City. I went so far as to check out a travel guide from the greatest public library ever. I'm going to read it now. If you want to know what it says, you can ask. If you want to be persuaded into spending a long weekend looking at museums, riding the world's cheapest urban rail system, and ruining your lungs, just mention that you might be interested in going with me. Direct flights from O'Hare run about $350.
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