World problematique

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In One Hundred Pages for the Future, Aurelio Peccei wrote:

"Along with the concept of the limits to growth, [The Club of Rome] had proposed that of the world problematique. For there exists in the world a dreadful mixture of problems, whose roots and ramifications we have not managed to grasp, and from which humanity cannot esacape.

There are problems of all kinds - uncontrolled population growth, gaps and divisions between peoples, social injustice,hunger and malnutrition,poverty, unemployment, obsession with material growth, inflation, economic crises, energy crises, crisis in democracy, monetary instability, protectionism, illiteracy, anachronistic education, the revolt of youth, alienation, the gigantic size and decay of cities, delinquency, neglect of rural districts, drug use, the arms race, civil violence, abuse of human rights, scorn for the law, nuclear madness, institutional sclerosis, political corruption, bureaucratization, militarization, destruction of natural systems, degradation of the environment, decline in moral standards, loss of faith, a sense of uncertainty etc. Each of these problems follows its own dynamic of change, and they all interact continuously with one another. [...]

[...] We do not yet possess a sufficiently clear understanding of how all these elements are linked to be able to attack the problematique as a whole. For this reason, each problem is dealt with more or less in isolation, within its own terms, even though these may be only symptoms that we treat to no avail. Consequently, the problematique merely becomes more complicated and the general situation deteriorates still further, giving rise to that endemic state of disorder, insecurity, and crisis which The Club of Rome has called the predicament of humankind.

[...] The predicament I have already described, in which we are struggling in quicksand while sinking ever deeper, is therefore of cultural, not biological, origin. We are living under the domination of the cultural legacies of times long past."

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