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What do you want from life? This seemingly innocuous question belies a conundrum of immense importance because our answers typically involve a perspective on life that ignores our connection to the real world. That is the world of nature and a balance of inputs and outputs that, were they maintained, would ensure life could continue. When asked what do you want from life, seldom is the answer: nothing more, I already have enough.

We humans are genetically programmed to hunt and gather, and as part of this programming, and certainly to drive us to succeed in hunting and gathering, we are curious, innovative and persistent. Accepting that in modern western societies we have replaced the club and the spear with the pen and the calculator, we continue to hunt and gather the prey of our times: wealth. Today we have moved food, water and shelter aside as we hunt and gather money in all its various flavors. In the process of our hunt we consume vast amounts of unsustainable energy. Of course within our human perception of time and importance we are unable to appreciate the damage we are doing and so go about our lives ignoring the cost and ignoring those who tell us through their scientific endeavor that the cost is too high. We choose to believe the spin doctors who appeal to our wanting, over the truth offered by science. The truth is not inconvenient, but this is what we have been led to believe. The propaganda offered in our media appeals to our curiosity, our persistence and our innovative natures to capture our hunting and gathering instinct and fill our lives with consumer goods. These goods appeal but rarely deliver the romantic notion of the advertising used to encourage our wanting.

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