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    social characteristics that are destructive to society.

    A culture can be insane.  Nazi Germany, and some of today's conservatives with Obama derangement syndrome, fit that.

    People might not understand their actions are destructive, because they do not have the knowledge or the intellectual habits to understand a complex situation.  I think that is the case for the sustainability problem.  It takes action by all of society to do something about it, but many people just don't think in such terms, they only know their gas was cheaper in the past and don't understand why it has to be more expensive.

    Incentives, in the game theory sense, lead people to do things that are in their interest even if it is against the long term interest of society.  Pollution is an example.  If there is no regulation, many potential pollution emitters are better off not controlling their pollution, no matter what other people are doing.  Again, only action by society as a whole can change these incentives.

    These situations are not mutually exclusive, more than one can be at work at the same time.

    "The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt." Bertrand Russell

    by Thutmose V on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 08:43:01 PM PST

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