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SEF News-Views Digest No. 90 (5-13-15)

Did you miss receiving this newsletter over the past three weeks? With the overwhelming flood of information streaming through cyberspace, I suspect not. And I completely understand.

Bettye and I were traveling on a business-pleasure trip to Ohio that proved refreshing and pleasurable, including an opportunity to tour an amazing auto assembly plant. I realize manufacturing plants aren’t normally paragons of sustainability, but there is at least one exception.

Don’t Worry; Be Resilient by Charles Hugh Smith

Peak Prosperity:

At some point, absorbing more information about the unsustainability of modern society yields diminishing returns. It becomes emotionally draining and thus counterproductive.

Part of this exhaustion results from recognizing our powerlessness within the Status Quo, where independent thinking and structural innovation are intentionally winnowed out as threats to existing institutions and industries.

Another part arises from the burden of knowing that the supposedly permanent Status Quo is far more vulnerable than generally believed. I have described the psychology of knowing what lies ahead in The Burden of Knowing.