Bruce Alexander argues that insights from modernity’s addictive malaise help to develop the collective energy for dealing with environmental issues.
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Averting the environmental disasters that threaten human beings and the biosphere will require a new kind of collective energy. Great contemporary thinkers like Thomas Berry envision religions and social activism expanding to include concern for the earth. But most of us feel enchained by the dead weight of current thinking, even when we know how destructive it is. Dr. Alexander argues that a close examination of the addictive malaise that burdens modernity — which goes far deeper than sensational stories about addictive drugs and the brain scans of neuroscientists — could help to burst these chains.