We Are Not the Virus

An undeniable silver lining of the COVID-19 pandemic is the stunning decrease in all sorts of pollution. Urban skylines are clear, bright, and blue. Marine life is re-entering waters they were forced to abandon long ago. Carbon dioxide levels are plummeting. Noise pollution is lower than it has been in decades. Continue reading We Are Not the Virus

What is More Scarce than Our Planet?

For those unfamiliar with the economic concept of scarcity, the most simple way I can put it is this: it is the historical idea that there is an unbridgeable gap between limited resources and abundant needs. Now, I’ll leave the discussion of whether or not this idea should be taken seriously or not for another day. For now, I just want to briefly look at how the ideology of scarcity has been leveraged to make us do awful things to each other: to compete rather than cooperate, to hoard land and other resources (even those as basic as toilet paper), to be willing to fight wars over material things, to seek domination and power over others rather than fostering our collective capacity to care for each other. Continue reading What is More Scarce than Our Planet?