Dry Doe Creek
and Abandoned Beaver Dam

The sad reality is that we are in danger of perishing from our own stupidity and lack of personal responsibility to life. If we become extinct because of factors beyond our control, then we can at least die with pride in ourselves, but to create a mess in which we perish by our own inaction makes nonsense of our claims to consciousness and morality…Our consumptive lifestyle has led us to the very brink of annihilation. We have expanded our right to live on the earth to an entitlement to conquer the earth, yet ‘conquerors’ of nature always lose. To accumulate wealth, power or land beyond one’s needs in a limited world is to be truly immoral, be it as an individual, an insttution or a nation-state.

What we have done, we can undo…we will either survive together, or none of us will survie. To fight between ourselves is as stupid and wasteful as it is to fight during times of natural disasters, when everyone’s cooperation is vital.

A person of courage today is a person of peace…It is our lives which are being laid to waste. What is worse, it is our children’s world which is being destroyed. It is therefore our only possible decision to withhold all support for destructive systems, and to cease to invest our lives in our own annihilation…Life is cooperative rather than competitive.

Bill Mollison, Permaculture: A Designers’ Manual