Endgame– part one

Endgame is defined as “The final stage of an extended process or course of events”.

Two contemporary authors have focused on the term in recent books.  Both are discouraged, to say the least, with the current plight, and uncertain future, of our planet.  I’ll start with Jensen’s thoughts.  A future post will feature some of Edward O. Wilson’s thoughts on the endgame in The Creation– An Appeal to Save Life on Earth.

In his 2006 book Endgame, environmental activist Derrick Jensen has much to say about our culture’s drive to control and destroy our lands and waters, including the destructive effects of dams.  Excerpted below is pertinent commentary identifying the root causes of our destructive mindset.  (from Dams, Part I in his Volume II—Resistance).


“Initial Premise–… This culture is a culture of occupation and the government is a government of occupation.  … Within this culture, economics — not community well-being, not morals, not ethics, not justice, not life itself – drives social decisions. 

“Modification 1– Social decisions are often determined primarily (and often exclusively) on whether the decision will increase the monetary fortunes of the decision-makers and those they serve.

“Modification 2– Within this culture, money is often a stand-in for power, so we’ll modify the premise again:  Social decisions are determined primarily (and often exclusively) on the basis of whether those decisions will increase the power — or its stand-in, money — of the decision-makers and those they serve.

“Modification 3–  .. underlying these social decision is always an attitude of entitlement.  Under this attitude, those higher on the hierarchy are always entitled to dam rivers….  Social decisions are founded primarily (and often exclusively) on the almost entirely unexamined belief that the decision-makers and those they serve are entitled to magnify their power and/or financial fortunes at the expense of those below. 

“Modification 4.   …The primary motivations lying beneath, unacknowledged, often unperceived— are to control and destroy.   If you dig to the heart of it —  if there were any heart left — you would find that social decisions are determined primarily on the basis of how well these decisions serve the ends of controlling and destroying wild nature.”



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