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