You will be happy to learn that I'm not posting it! It's pretty depressing.
So, instead, I will derive out of that list, in an inverse sort of way, some elements of my vision for a better world.
- People would generally be more respectful of each other.
- Environmental sustainability and social & economic justice would be the highest priorities of our government.
- Our nation would try to work cooperatively with other nations to resolve differences.
- We would restore an ethic of placing the greater social good over and above the false god of "economic growth." We would realize that economics is a means, not an end.
- Every full-time job would offer a living wage.
- Those from other countries who are hired to do work in this country would be regarded as legal immigrants, because clearly they are offering something of value to our country.
- Everyone would have access to basic health care at affordable prices. And going to the doctor would be a healing, reassuring experience.
- Education would be relevant and meaningful, and higher education would be affordable.
- The mass media would cater to the greater social good instead of to consumerism. There would be more educational programming and there would be more positive, inspiring movies and stories. Sensationalizing violence and disrespect would be regarded as offensive and in poor taste.
- Technological development would stabilize so that people could buy items that are easy to learn how to use and will last a long time. There would no longer be the need to "upgrade" (= spend lots of money, spend time learning lots of new skills and reworking how you do things and how you keep your work organized) every two years.
- When a resource is found to be limited, those in economic and political power would refuse to yield to the temptation of capitalizing off the scarcity of the resource, and instead would join forces in planning for a sustainable future. They would do this by discouraging dependency on the limited resource -- encouraging moderation and developing alternatives.
- We would have a viable system of public transportation for medium distances, so that people wouldn't be limited to only the two current viable options of long car journeys or short, inefficient plane flights. (Kunstler said in his talk [see yesterday's posting] that the easiest thing we could do that would have the most dramatic helpful effect in alleviating the oil crisis would be to restore passenger train travel in the U.S. I agree. I love trains, and would take them all the time for medium-length journeys if they were available.)
- We would also have good systems of local public transportation even in rural areas.
- Urban, suburban, and rural neighborhoods would return to pedestrian-friendly and bicycle-friendly environments. Everybody would have the option to be able to walk to get their daily needs met.
- Beautiful historic buildings would be restored and well-taken-care-of. New construction would be energy-efficient, sturdy, and aesthetically pleasing.
- Neighborhoods and downtowns would be aesthetically pleasing, interesting, and distinctive. Different places really would look different from each other again.