By Pentti Linkola
With the teach of civilization hurtling at ever-increasing velocity in the direction of self-destruction, the main urgent query dealing with humanity within the twenty first century is that of the maintenance of existence itself. Can existence succeed? presents a thorough but firmly grounded standpoint at the ecological difficulties threatening either the biosphere and human tradition. With essays masking subject matters as diversified as animal rights, extinction, deforestation, terrorism and overpopulation, Can existence succeed? makes the lucid, not easy 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 autos, hundreds of thousands of gleaming, digital leisure bins, and lots of unneeded structures to hide the fairway earth. Surplus wealth has ended in playing available to buy 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 money owed. along with, the folk of rich nations are the main annoyed, unemployed, unsatisfied, suicidal, sedentary, valueless and aimless humans in historical past. What a depressing exchange." -Pentti Linkola Kaarlo Pentti Linkola was once born in Helsinki, Finland in 1932. Having spent such a lot of his lifestyles operating as a qualified fisherman, he now maintains to steer an easy life within the kingdom. A popular determine in Finland, Linkola has released a variety of books and essays on environmentalism because the Sixties. this day, he's one of the optimal exponents of the philosophy of deep ecology.
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