The Story of Stuff Project

A história das coisas
Mais importante do que nunca.

99% do que consumimos vai pro lixo em menos de 1 ano. É a transformação do Planeta Terra, de paraíso em lixo em 200 anos, por nós mesmos. Bom trabalho.

Eu assisti a História das coisas de Annie Leonard que definitivamente vê as coisas com muito mais clareza do que todos os professores e acadêmicos com que tive contato até hoje. Ele critíca o consumismo e promove a sustentabilidade. Foi pro ar no fim de 2007 e é um dos documentários ambientais mais assistidos.

Ele só aumenta minha ansiedade com relação ao caminho que tomamos há algumas décadas (pós-industrialização).

A minha sensação é que assistimos a morte do Planeta, flora, fauna, lugares sagrados, oceanos, e o que é pior, a cada dia de trabalho, literalmente trabalhamos para isso, ao participar do sistema, ou simplesmente existir dentro dele.

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Howard Zinn in Declarations of Independence

Howard Zinn

“Those of us who call for the repudiation of massive violence to solve human problems must sound utopian, romantic. So did those who demanded the end of slavery. But utopian ideas do become realistic at certain points in history, when the moral power of an idea mobilizes large numbers of people in its support. This may then be joined to the realization, by at least some of those in authority, that it would be realistic for them to change their policy, even perhaps share power with those they have long controlled.”

O peso do ceticismo por Carl Sagan

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What is Skepticism? It’s nothing very esoteric. We encounter it every day. When we buy a used car, if we are the least bit wise we will exert some residual skeptical powers — whatever our education has left to us. You could say, “Here’s an honest-looking fellow. I’ll just take whatever he offers me.” Or you might say, “Well, I’ve heard that occasionally there are small deceptions involved in the sale of a used car, perhaps inadvertent on the part of the salesperson,” and then you do something. You kick the tires, you open the doors, you look under the hood. (You might go through the motions even if you don’t know what is supposed to be under the hood, or you might bring a mechanically inclined friend.) You know that some skepticism is required, and you understand why. It’s upsetting that you might have to disagree with the used-car salesman or ask him questions that he is reluctant to answer. There is at least a small degree of interpersonal confrontation involved in the purchase of a used car and nobody claims it is especially pleasant. But there is a good reason for it — because if you don’t exercise some minimal skepticism, if you have an absolutely untrammeled credulity, there is probably some price you will have to pay later. Then you’ll wish you had made a small investment of skepticism early. Continue lendo “O peso do ceticismo por Carl Sagan”