This video, from the Post Carbon Institute (of which Oberlin Environmental Studies Professor, David Orr, is a fellow), discusses, in the broadest of terms, how the industrial revolution and the creation of the market economy have gotten us to where we are today. I think that the most important take-away from this is not the solutions at the end of the clip but rather, the reminder that comes at the end of the history section, when the speaker points out just how much change has occurred in our systems in the past 200 years.
This goes back to the idea from my first post that all forms of Capitalism are ultimately transitional.
We live in a system created by our choices. As such, we have the option to make the individual choice to opt out, to reconceive our futures, to change the ways we live, and to look towards a more sustainable future. Call it youthful, naive idealism but it’s the best chance we have.