Though this statement by many of the world’s leading scientists and thinkers was released almost 20 years ago, it haunts me even now, and provides a lot of the rationale for investigating the way human consciousness works. As Krishnamurti often points out, it is our consciousness that has structured the way our societies function, and we must begin our study there.
Human beings and the natural world are on a collision course. Human activities inflict harsh and often irreversible damage on the environment and on critical resources. If not checked, many of our current practices put at serious risk the future that we wish for human society and the plant and animal kingdoms, and may so alter the living world that it will be unable to sustain life in the manner that we know. Fundamental changes are urgent if we are to avoid the collision our present course will bring about…
(The full text of this warning can be found here)