Can Life Prevail? by Pentti Linkola

By Pentti Linkola

With the educate of civilization hurtling at ever-increasing pace in the direction of self-destruction, the main urgent query dealing with humanity within the twenty first century is that of the maintenance of lifestyles itself. Can lifestyles be triumphant? presents a thorough but firmly grounded point of view at the ecological difficulties threatening either the biosphere and human tradition. With essays protecting subject matters as various as animal rights, extinction, deforestation, terrorism and overpopulation, Can lifestyles be triumphant? makes the lucid, tough writing of Linkola to be had to the English-speaking public for the 1st time. "By decimating its woodlands, Finland has created the grounds for prosperity. we will be able to now thank prosperity for bringing us - between different issues - million autos, hundreds of thousands of sparkling, digital leisure packing containers, and lots of unneeded structures to hide the golf green earth. Surplus wealth has ended in playing available to buy and rampant social injustice, wherein 'the universal humans' prove contributing to the development of golfing classes, five-star motels, and vacation hotels, whereas fattening Swiss financial institution money owed. along with, the folks of rich international locations are the main pissed off, unemployed, unsatisfied, suicidal, sedentary, valueless and aimless humans in background. What a depressing exchange." -Pentti Linkola Kaarlo Pentti Linkola used to be born in Helsinki, Finland in 1932. Having spent such a lot of his lifestyles operating as a certified fisherman, he now maintains to guide an easy lifestyles within the kingdom. A popular determine in Finland, Linkola has released quite a few books and essays on environmentalism because the Sixties. this day, he's one of the most well known exponents of the philosophy of deep ecology.

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The greatest of all threats, the lady explained, comes from overpopulation: the Earth is simply far too crowded at present. What is needed, she argued, is a stringent policy of population control, and a world government to effectively implement it. The point of the story is that the lady concerned had never read Pentti Linkola: in point of fact, she had never even heard his name. Had she, I wonder what she would have made of the opinions voiced in this book? For sure, Linkola is not your average Green.

The most crucial question regarding every human action in this era is how much strain it exercises on nature: the choice is between growth and preservation. This increasing lack of physical exercise does not bode well. The replacement of muscle power with industrial energy means, of course, a great increase of burden, the fiasco of all fiascos. But let us consider the issue of ecological balance separately and get back to my days as a schoolboy. When it comes to the cost of objects, the “old ways” were not always that great.

What is certain is that he restarted the debate on how to fix the environment by getting us out of the confinement of ourselves, and looking at the big picture, which gives hope for realistic solutions for the first time in human history. Brett Stevens Austin, Texas, 2008 Preface by the Author When I write or speak about the important questions in life, when I persistently attempt to erect dams in the way of a devastating flood, most of my friends and many strangers regard me as a naïve optimist.

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