Though science must put a pin in a moment of history as a baseline, and even though that pin is a valuable composite of economic conditions, what is coming unraveled is the underlying commitment to a way of seeing the world that contains its own seeds of destruction.
One of the firm rules of systems is that you can’t change just one thing. Why do we keep on discussing options compared to a business as usual scenario? There will be no business as usual scenario when climate change hits and there will be no business as usual scenario if human society takes appropriate action.
We’ve begun to experience collapse in all spheres of life. Collapse can be both slow and rapid. It is a series of unending emergencies. Instead of responding or preparing, we’re cheering on a fight between fantasies.