Chapter 1 is Bill's "Introduction" piece and there are MANY important thoughts about the "why" of Permaculture, beginning with Permaculture Design Philosophy. One of his basic points in this initial section (which leads to "Ethics") is that of achieving and maintaining awareness of one's basic, underlying "stance" or approach to life within the world we find ourselves, and he gives a few examples of perspectives that are in alignment with his thinking. Two highlighted passages: Some discussion points? 1) What do you see as the conscious role of human beings with respect to the planet the live upon? 2) What might be some goals of humanity when looking towards a responsible future? Feel free to chime in with your own thoughts and discussions!