Curtis White

A Quote by Curtis White on denial of crisis

The poor are ever greater in number, and more distant from social resources like health care, yet more invisible than ever to the affluent. The ice caps shrink and oceans rise, making cities like New Orleans unlivable. Natural resources are depleted at an alarming rate. Fields of soybeans, with a productive life of less than a decade, eat into the Amazon forest like a colony of bacteria eating into a living thing. Giant fisheries are depleted by factory trawlers whose only real product is profit for a very few at the expense of what once looked to be an infinite wealth of food for future generations. Warmer oceans spawn monster storms. Water tables in China, India and the United States fall, threatening desertification and famine. Generally speaking, our "alarm" over these realities is in no way reflected in our daily conduct, which tends to look as if we're perfectly content to go on doing what we're doing, and our desperation is not so much "quiet" as deafening with the noise of automobiles, lawnmowers and television sets.

Curtis White

Source: The Spirit of Disobedience: Resisting the Charms of Fake Politics, Mindless Consumption, and the Culture of Total Work, Pages: 22

Contributed by: Philip

A Quote by Curtis White on reducing consumption and appropriation of the sacred

Reducing consumption is astronomically more critical than increasing system efficiency. It is as if we are distracted building moats around our sandcastles under the growing shadow of an approaching tsunami of unimaginable scale. Speaking of commercial interests' capitalization of our sensibility for "doing the right thing," Curtis White says "...it has appropriated the drama as something it can sell. can turn into product, and thus not only manage but render as a tidy profit."

Curtis White

Source: The Spirit of Disobedience: Resisting the Charms of Fake Politics, Mindless Consumption, and the Culture of Total Work, Pages: 76

Contributed by: Philip

A Quote by Curtis White on sacred and evolution

'This "human thing" is the permanent process of seeking the sacred through revealing what is hidden. It is an ever ongoing and indefinite process of understanding and interpretation.'

Curtis White

Source: The Spirit of Disobedience: Resisting the Charms of Fake Politics, Mindless Consumption, and the Culture of Total Work, Pages: 35

Contributed by: Philip

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