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There is a quotation from an article which for me puts in a nutshell the problem faced by humanity, which is the problem of human nature. I carry a copy in my wallet, because it reminds me of the way things are, puts things in perspective:
' "The planet's population has nearly tripled in my lifetime," he says. "And the problem is everyone wants to live like us." Arthus-Bertrand was in Borneo filming Home, in an area of deforestation. He stopped to refuel and spoke to a man driving a huge tractor trailing the chains that uproot swathes of trees. He told him about global warming, about orangutans, the whole story. The man looked him in the eye: "You come in helicopter to tell me how to live? I have to feed my family. I don't care about trees. I want to buy a 4x4."
Later the same man took Arthus-Bertrand out on the river through the jungle on a very simple boat. Under a tin roof in a cabin the man's wife was feeding her baby, and watching an American soap opera on a flatscreen television. "She was dreaming of a fast car, and these beautiful clothes," Arthus-Bertrand recalls. "That is what we have created. Everyone naturally wants this paradise that we have, where happiness is to have more things. Always to have more.'
( Tim Adams, 'The Observer Magazine', 20.03.11 )
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