The Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment thread got me thinking about its doom and gloom focus. Generalisations can be misleading. Sure, I know that there is a lot to complain about in this life and we haven't treated the planet well but there is also a lot to celebrate. I agree that big business and naive governments are selling us short but I see a lot of people who aren't won over by their dodgy products and arguments. We are planting gardens and tending livestock, some are having babies. They are all investments in a favourable future. I think one of the ways big business wins is when we live in fear of our future. The politicians want us to be scared because it makes us more compliant and easier to manipulate. "The speed of visuals ( and words ) has increased so much during the last one hundred years that today the human brain has become incapable of focussing on slow visuals /words through perception, memory, imagery. " What rubbish. Our brains adapt well to most conditions. It's crazy to think that brains would adapt to anything in 100 years. Evolution is a slow process and in terms of evolutionary time, 100 years is the blink of an eye. It's naive reasoning at best. Advertising only has power of you believe it. Politicians are accountable to their consistuents. If you believe otherwise you might as well sit in a dark room and wait for the big bang. In the meantime, I'll be outside growing things.