The key to a sustainable society nevertheless lies with the individual and not a benevolent authority. How can the need of the individual be met with the least environmental damage? How can man let go of his own existential fears to look beyond his own fate? Man is eager to abide by the rules of his group and susceptible to strong leadership but that characteristic exclusively serves to brace his weakness as a human being. Man will withdraw his admiration and support when this goal is no longer met and when he feels exploited. Gods and religion could satisfy this need and thereby the need of the group. Now it is the State that has to live up to those expectations.
As frustrating as this all sounds, it also holds the key to the resolution of environmental issues. The key lies in the fact that most of this is subconscious. We “only” have to lift it out of there. This is, however, as precarious as it is promising; and I didn’t promise that it would be easy.
This website cannot (yet) offer a comprehensive societal solution, but it can offer an alternative road for specific situations. The road leads through existential fears and via trust to greater responsibility and higher human values. Fittingly, I am referring to that road as “MILE”. MILE stands for the Management of environmental issues as a function of:
- the physical Impact of an activity,
- the applicable Legislation and
- the associated Emotions.
Looking at the associated emotions makes it possible to investigate their subconscious origin, and separate fears and facts to arrive at better solutions.