and World Views
There are many deep philosophical differences among the various protagonists in the environmental and public-health debate. It is important to explore the many different underlying world views that are the basis for much of the controversies and arguments among the parties, because our actions and decisions often reflect our underlying moral positions and world views, even if we are not completely conscious of what they are.
In 1970 I went to visit a commune in Vermont. I found the young people living there to be warmhearted, very friendly, and quite sincere in their beliefs and philosophy. They were also having a hard time. In the Vermont winter, they had found that even with good-quality wood stoves and acres of forests all around them, it was hard to stay warm. The day I was there they had a discussion in the daily meeting (which seemed to last all day) about the heating crisis. The issue was the difficulty of cutting the wood. They had two very good steel axes, and two of the men would spend most of the day chopping wood. They were tired. Heating several cabins purely with wood