PDF: Our Treacherous Minds

By: Alton C. Thompson

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We humans are a part of Earth System. Our distant ancestors knew this fact implicitly, but especially since the Agricultural Revolution of 10,000 years ago not only have our lives been increasingly lived in an environment of our own making, but our minds have increasingly convinced us—unawares—that we humans are separate from Earth System. When, e.g., we use the term “environment,” we reveal this mode of thinking, for implicit in that term is the notion that the environment is something “out there” of which we are not a part.

As a consequence of this implicit “conviction” on our part, we humans have engaged in various activities, over the centuries, that have resulted in injury, hardship, and even death, to various components of Earth System—including ourselves. Rarely, however, have we been aware of the fact that our very way of thinking has been the fundamental culprit.

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About the author: Al Thompson works (data management) for an Engineering (Avionics) firm in Milwaukee. Click here to mail him.

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