Saturday, November 04, 2006

End of Suburbia



This is a 52 minute portion of the movie. I highly recommend sitting down and watching this!

3 comments:

bc said...

An excellent video. Dolores Hayden's book "Building Suburbia" was very good explaining how suburbanization began - which was basically the first half of the video.

sushil yadav said...

The link between Mind and Social / Environmental-Issues.

The fast-paced, consumerist lifestyle of Industrial Society is causing exponential rise in psychological problems besides destroying the environment. All issues are interlinked. Our Minds cannot be peaceful when attention-spans are down to nanoseconds, microseconds and milliseconds. Our Minds cannot be peaceful if we destroy Nature.

Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment.

Subject : In a fast society slow emotions become extinct.
Subject : A thinking mind cannot feel.
Subject : Scientific/ Industrial/ Financial thinking destroys the planet.
Subject : Environment can never be saved as long as cities exist.


Emotion is what we experience during gaps in our thinking.

If there are no gaps there is no emotion.

Today people are thinking all the time and are mistaking thought (words/ language) for emotion.


When society switches-over from physical work (agriculture) to mental work (scientific/ industrial/ financial/ fast visuals/ fast words ) the speed of thinking keeps on accelerating and the gaps between thinking go on decreasing.

There comes a time when there are almost no gaps.

People become incapable of experiencing/ tolerating gaps.

Emotion ends.

Man becomes machine.



A society that speeds up mentally experiences every mental slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

A ( travelling )society that speeds up physically experiences every physical slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

A society that entertains itself daily experiences every non-entertaining moment as Depression / Anxiety.



FAST VISUALS /WORDS MAKE SLOW EMOTIONS EXTINCT.

SCIENTIFIC /INDUSTRIAL /FINANCIAL THINKING DESTROYS EMOTIONAL CIRCUITS.

A FAST (LARGE) SOCIETY CANNOT FEEL PAIN / REMORSE / EMPATHY.

A FAST (LARGE) SOCIETY WILL ALWAYS BE CRUEL TO ANIMALS/ TREES/ AIR/ WATER/ LAND AND TO ITSELF.


To read the complete article please follow either of these links :

PlanetSave

EarthNewsWire


sushil_yadav

Steve Williams said...

The End of Suburbia movie is sobering. It is so easy to go to sleep and never see what is happening around us. I have struggled with this for a long time.

I've slowly begun to unravel my own life and seek a more simple path. For me the first step has been to unchain myself from complete dependence on my guzzling Ford Ranger truck in favor of my 72MPG Vespa scooter. Still oil based but decidely more efficient. The unexpected benefit is that riding focuses attention to stay healthy on the road and it has spilled over into other aspects of my life and has me questioning a whole array of consumptive practices based on desire coming from who knows where....

In my own blog Scooter in the Sticks I posted what I have learned from my first 100 posts---Lessons from 100 Posts. It touches on some of this and I made a video that reflected some of the gifts of consumption.

I am going to look carefully at your blog because it seems to fit in well with my own journey.

thanks,

steve