The insight that we need to make a transition from “sustainable” to “regenerative” thinking in our approach to cultural and environmental issues is profound. Bailing water from a leaking boat may be “sustainable” — but it is not a forward-thinking solution.
The insight also highlights a shift in the nature of human impacts on the environment which have occured in the last century. These impacts, on can argue, were largely unintentional — the side effects of the human aspirations to inrease our well-being in the form of meeting human needs and increasing comfort and conveneince. This is no longer the case. As I stated recently “we now know things about global climate change, ecological disruption and other side effects of 19th and 20th century technologies that we did not know before… We are entering a period when human global impacts will be intentional and purposeful.” see: http://swedenborgcenterconcord.org/its-almost-official-the-anthropocene-epoch-has-begun/
The moral implications of the decisions that are leading us forward are therefore of a higher order than our decisions of the past. Will humanity do any better with these decisions than we did making decisions in the past?
The answer is YES — if we arm the Tip of the Spear with the highest of human empathic impulses.