By Pentti Linkola
With the teach of civilization hurtling at ever-increasing pace in the direction of self-destruction, the main urgent query dealing with humanity within the twenty first century is that of the maintenance of existence itself. Can existence succeed? offers a thorough but firmly grounded point of view at the ecological difficulties threatening either the biosphere and human tradition. With essays overlaying themes as varied as animal rights, extinction, deforestation, terrorism and overpopulation, Can existence succeed? makes the lucid, demanding writing of Linkola on hand to the English-speaking public for the 1st time. "By decimating its woodlands, Finland has created the grounds for prosperity. we will be able to now thank prosperity for bringing us - between different issues - million vehicles, hundreds of thousands of gleaming, digital leisure containers, and lots of unneeded structures to hide the fairway earth. Surplus wealth has resulted in playing available on the market and rampant social injustice, wherein 'the universal humans' turn out contributing to the development of golfing classes, five-star lodges, and vacation hotels, whereas fattening Swiss financial institution bills. in addition to, the folks of rich nations are the main annoyed, unemployed, unsatisfied, suicidal, sedentary, valueless and aimless humans in historical past. What a depressing exchange." -Pentti Linkola Kaarlo Pentti Linkola used to be born in Helsinki, Finland in 1932. Having spent such a lot of his lifestyles operating as a qualified fisherman, he now keeps to guide an easy lifestyles within the kingdom. A well known determine in Finland, Linkola has released a number of books and essays on environmentalism because the Nineteen Sixties. this present day, he's one of the prime exponents of the philosophy of deep ecology.
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Every day people are forced to wade through hundreds or thousands of price tags just to figure out where to buy the cheapest tomatoes or mackerel. And where does all our pious talk about the saving of paper and energy go when new posters are affixed everyday, myriads of supermarket catalogues are shoved into every mailbox, magazines devote dozens of pages to food advertising and hundreds of thousands of cars travel from one discount store to another seeking discounts? Oh Finland, oh Europe! Oh Man, thou crown of Creation!
Good and joyful are many things found in this collection of writings: things that share the one common feature of being still in existence. I have found nothing good that was ever brought about by progress. These articles contain many repetitions, as they were written in heterogeneous circumstances. Much overlap will be found with texts written by other thinkers, with my earlier works and even between different pieces of this collection. This is the least of my worries, as repetition is, to some extent, the mother of all learning.
This foundation buys up Finnish forest land, one acre at a time, to conserve it from utilization by others. “It’s the only system in Finland through which you can save a piece of old forest with even a small contribution,” he says. While his self-consistency gained him guru status despite the political unpopularity of his ideas, Linkola remains controversial but active as an agent provocateur, giving interviews and writing the occasional short article. Although his work remains relatively unknown outside Finland, as environmental decline accelerates, his work is increasingly finding a wider audience as people worldwide actively seek for plausible ways in which humanity can prevail.