"Hi David-- like your comments and like that you are in our "patch"
You may have noticed there is a DevonDM group and we have met about 5 times so far
We have started a blog @ http://devondm.blogspot.com/
The next meeting being Sunday…"
Sep 26, 2011
David Topple is now a member of UNCIVILISATION: The Dark Mountain Network
Tell us a bit about yourself. (You don't have to share anything you don't want to, but please write something here, so we know you're not a spam robot.)
I'm a man who dares to think for himself. Some years ago I came to pretty much the same conclusions about the world around me as you people have. Nevertheless, you've actually done something about it.
I still support the environmental movement (specifically Greenpeace) though I do realise that it faces a huge, almost insurmountable challenge - but without organisations like this how much WORSE would things be?
If it's of any interest I/we do music production (mainly electronic) and film sound (mainly post-production unless we buy even more equipment) which means there are lots of technological toys. Yes, I'm now admitting to being a hypocrite. Still, even the Dark Mountain project has had to embrace technology.
What drew you to the Dark Mountain Project?
I like radical thinking and radical thinkers (sometimes even when I disagree with them). I seem to live in a society where nobody can think for themselves - not even those who have degrees from top universities; in fact they're effectively as stupid as the most uneducated, what with their devotion to the 'economic growth religion'. Most of these people would probably think the Dark Mountain people are completely bonkers. I don't.
'Establishment' ideas on matters like economic growth are best compared to the idea that if you have a rowing boat and you want it - for some strange reason - to go faster and faster, you get more and more rowers on board. Unfortunately, instead of going faster and faster the thing eventually sinks instead, and the rowers then start fighting over the life jacket. This is one reason why the 21st century looks like it will be as disturbing as the 20th, and when this turmoil comes (and it may be especially apparent in grossly overcrowded countries like Britain) many of the people who condemn it will be those who caused it.
This mirrors the idea I've always had that the people who most loudly condemn ideologies like communism and fascism are usually the capitalists who caused the birth and explosive growth of these ideologies. The German philosopher Schopenhauer once observed that anything which is the case has been produced by a set of conditions which are sufficient for making it the case. The thing thus produced therefore follows from these conditions by necessity.
'Formerly no one was allowed to think freely; now it is permitted, but no one is capable of it any more. Now people want to think only what they are supposed to want to think, and this they consider freedom.' (Oswald Spengler)