_ Hyperforum on Sustainability


These entries are contributions I made 11 years ago to a brief, early internet experiment called, “The Hyperforum on Sustainability.”

The most important are these:

I have the text of my own posts, but not of the other participants — and, in any case, I don’t have their permission to reprint their words and probably couldn’t track them down.

Still, though, I think my words then still have some value as articulating a fairly coherent philosophy of the political process, and of the ethics of our relationship, as a society, to our own members and to the members of other societies — to the Earth and to those who dwell on it. Admittedly, it’s a philosophy, not an immediate plan of action — but I don’t think that makes it any less important. Knowing where you’re going is as essential as putting it into gear and stepping on the accelerator.

I’ve edited my originals slightly for readability. Otherwise, I’ve left in a lot of the extraneous chitchat. You may find it too tantalizing, or unfair, to read only my side of a many-sided conversation — but, in my mind, that’s precisely the idea. I’d like to present what I said as unfinished, alive, part of an ongoing dialog. It’s not supposed to be my definitive statement, informing you of unalterable truths. I’m not that pompous or that arrogant. There’s no question of fairness or unfairness — it’s merely a record of thoughts that passed through my mind during one particular period when I was lucky enough to converse with some intelligent and articulate people. Some of what I thought back then is worth preserving and reshaping into the needs of current conversations — but it’s not an end in itself.

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