Can Life Prevail? by Pentti Linkola

By Pentti Linkola

With the teach of civilization hurtling at ever-increasing pace in the direction of self-destruction, the main urgent query dealing with humanity within the twenty first century is that of the upkeep of lifestyles itself. Can lifestyles be successful? offers a thorough but firmly grounded point of view at the ecological difficulties threatening either the biosphere and human tradition. With essays overlaying issues as different as animal rights, extinction, deforestation, terrorism and overpopulation, Can existence be triumphant? makes the lucid, tough writing of Linkola to be had to the English-speaking public for the 1st time. "By decimating its woodlands, Finland has created the grounds for prosperity. we will be able to now thank prosperity for bringing us - between different issues - million vehicles, hundreds of thousands of sparkling, digital leisure packing containers, and lots of unneeded constructions to hide the fairway earth. Surplus wealth has resulted in playing available on the market and rampant social injustice, wherein 'the universal humans' prove contributing to the development of golfing classes, five-star lodges, and vacation motels, whereas fattening Swiss financial institution debts. along with, the folks of rich international locations are the main pissed off, unemployed, unsatisfied, suicidal, sedentary, valueless and aimless humans in historical past. What a depressing exchange." -Pentti Linkola Kaarlo Pentti Linkola used to be born in Helsinki, Finland in 1932. Having spent so much of his lifestyles operating as a certified fisherman, he now keeps to guide an easy life within the state. A popular determine in Finland, Linkola has released quite a few books and essays on environmentalism because the Nineteen Sixties. this day, he's one of the finest exponents of the philosophy of deep ecology.

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Professor Vuolle from Jyväskylä University showed us some excellent statistics regarding the sporting habits of Finns. As a student of nature, however, I am always suspicious of sociologists’ surveys. In this instance, I felt that the results simply revealed positive attitudes to exercise. Sure, this is a good thing in itself, although I believe there is somewhat of a temptation to cheat in these surveys: some may confuse their love for watching sport with the practising of it. What if Vuolle’s study had been made by concretely examining the daily schedule of a group of people?

In my youth, hobbies should not and could not cost much: often they cost nothing more than a few patches to mend your trousers with. Schools and clubs have long had gyms and sport halls, but in the new era of madness the size of these places has become absurd. Winter sports are now played in ice stadiums in summer, and football is played in winter: Finns have beaten their own country’s climate. All this leads to the waste of natural resources: production, transportation, energy, emissions, shrinking green areas, climate change, ozone depletion — the usual “environmentalist” talk, the persistent harping one must never tire of, if only for the sake of life.

We can do better, even if it means facing our fears. “Every example throughout the history of humanity shows that only deprivation and struggle create a human life worthy of the name and that material welfare leads only to despair,” Linkola explains. * * * A few of his more controversial points: Progress — consisting of technological, economic and moral/social growth — is an illusion. “Its priests fervently cling to the idea that material prosperity brings enjoyment and happiness — even though history has shown that only material want and a life of struggle lead to a meaningful existence.

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