incomplete definition, but at least three reasons for starters:

  • mankind (aka humans) are a part of nature
    • some religions made mankind believe for centuries, that humans, are “above” nature and thus not a part of nature, resulting in beyond-reasonable exploitation of the environment and little care for other species
    • but without the bacteria and fungi in the soil breaking down organic matter, the every land will become a desert mankind will starve
  • the monetary system(s) is “selling the future for short term profits”
    • the monetary system(s) are abstracting humans away from cooperation with nature (the consumer is consuming handing money to the farmer that is producing, the consumer never meets the farmer, the plant, the field where his/her food comes from and does not care (?) where it comes from (increasingly people care where their food is coming from and how it is produced (fair, organic? or exploitative and cancer causing ?)
    • mankind (aka humans) feel “disconnected” and become selfish and arrogant (greed) unaware that this disconnection means death in the long term
    • inequality: “poor Americans are much more likely to face mental health problems than rich ones”
  • more and more violence on TV: why, actually?
    • did you know that in France TV is “illegal” for children under 3, it used to be illegal for children as well in Germany, but SOMEHOW and SOMEONE thinks it’s “good” to have children watch traumatic brutal violence on TV? (WHO IS THIS PSYCHOPATH? PROBABLY BIG PHARMA!?)
      • because that is what this will do: make humans blunting humans on compassion, one of the MOST important features (says the Dalailama) if one want’s to be happy
      • “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.” (Dalai Lama XIV, The Art of Happiness)
      • “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” (Dalai Lama XIV, The Art of Happines)
      • there are even more quotes
    • “Television viewing hurts the development of children under 3 years old and poses a certain number of risks, encouraging passivity, slow language acquisition, over-excitedness, troubles with sleep and concentration as well as dependence on screens.” (source: 2008
    • imho, WHY is there so much violence on TV? so BIG PHARMA CREATES SICKNESS IN PEOPLE AND CAN SELL MORE PILLS?

so what needs to be done?

  • reconnect with nature, hand grow as much food as you can, where you can, and if it’s only a balcony with a little reddish and broccoli
  • instead of buying new (bad quality), try to make it yourself or try to fix old things
  • what is your vision of a positive (hopefully for everyone) future?

created 2014:

“our findings show the striking and growing challenge that these disorders pose for health systems in developed and developing regions”

“improvement in population health is only possible if countries make the prevention and treatment of mental and substance use disorders a public health priority”


while this book says, only “catastrophe” can reset inequality in society…

… peaceful ways are also possible.

there is hope… because: peaceful leveling is POSSIBLE!

Dr Roberto Iacono (Associate Professor in Economics and Social Policy at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU))

“inequality decreased significantly in Finland mainly due to inclusive growth from 1850 to 1900 in the absence of both disasters and wars”


(review article as pdf)

get the book in the US

get the book in the EU

democracy vs money?

and this Chase Bank advertisement surely shows what the problems are (the almost complete LOSS of CONTROL of the DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED POLITICIANS over the (largely mafia fraudulent) FINANCE and TAX AVOIDANCE sector aka the finance sector aka THE BANKS (including the reckless cash money printing central banks then effectively blackmailing the gov whenever this goes wrong (2008 subprime-(bank)-financial crisis)).

while those memes are funny…

Putin Macron Bernie Sanders MEMEit is important to listen to both sides, because one sided views WILL be bad informed (here the general media do a very very poor job).

same author:

Scheidel: “how to fix democracy”

  • nationalism will make things worse
    • Hitler did some “good” at the beginning (creating jobs with government money (building highways) and making farmers get better fair pay, before going “full mad man believing to be god” killing millions, destroying jobs & wealth & genocide
  • of course: the rich are very afraid of reforms (tax and gov taking away banks, companies and real estate for compensation) & revolutions (taking away of banks, companies and real estate without compensation , which can be very turbulent violent (French revolution)).
  • “fun” fact: the Russian Zar (ex King of Russia) actually wanted to reform Russia like UK, but the revolution was “faster” and reforms could not be implemented fast enough (Zar basically like the Queen of UK down from power but keeping some privileges)


2020 How to Fix Democracy Season 2 Walter Scheidel

there is also his pretty depressing power point presenting the book…

Walter Scheidel - The Great Leveler Youtube

First of “good” news:

Good news is also, that there are very intelligent farmers in Africa, that try to stop the desert by Zai technique (holes + cattle dung, first plant bushes, than trees, crops can grow in the shade)

The Man Who Stopped The Desert - Zai technique - Yacouba Sawadogo
The Man Who Stopped The Desert – Zai technique – Yacouba Sawadogo watch the documentary

Also Africa’s population growth rate is slowing down, but it is still the highest in the world.

Non-sustainable life-styles also in Africa? Yes!

Eucalyptus forests are only natural in Australia, not in Brazil and not in Africa, they are planted by humans, because they grow fast and burn well.

Non-sustainable modes (means: it is going to end) of survival sounds like a problem of “fast-food-obese” developed western post-industrial nations and yes – there is a massive problem there.

But in this case – Africa has the same problem as USA or Europe or (increasingly) China: non sustainable ways of survival that over use of finite resources in an non-recycling non-reuse non-sustainable way.

Dr. Christof Schenck, Frankfurt  is fighting an uphill, almost impossible to win, battle.

He says, that the gov of Ethiopia needs to tell the police to take this matter serious and keep illegal settlers and cattle out of the environmental protection zones.

Will they listen? Surely not. “Because they have a tough time survive the next days” says Dr Schenck, “but if they continue like this, they will destroy the basis of their own survival”

“there is no conflict man vs environment-protection, man will surely lose if we can not rescue the forests of the Bale national park” (Wiki)

“currently we lose 10% of the forests per year”

“we (the West) did not realize the dimensions of this crisis yet”

“40.000 people live illegal in the national park”

“12 million people are dependent downstream from the water of the park”

“we (the West) need to help stabilize Ethiopia”

In the worst case, it would mean: mankind is stupid and a slow learner leading to the Lorax” Problem:

That the majority only starts to realize the problems caused, when the last tree has fallen.

The destruction by exploitation of environment (+China and Russia and USA and EU induced climate change) will lead to droughts and famine, causing millions Africans to flee their home country (nobody likes to flee one’s home country) and knock knock on the barb wire fences of Europe.

Weapons of Mass Migration: another Refugee crisis – this time manufactured by Belarus as reaction on EU sanctions – all refugee crisis solved in 5 minutes

What will Europe do?

  • refugees: “Hurray finally cheap labor” (aka slaves)
    • “What? Slavery is illegal? GO BACK TO AFRICA!”
    • (or stay and work for the Italian Tomato-Mafia with sometimes pay and sometimes no pay)
  • the West needs to lead by example by living more sustainable lifestyle and less like grasshoppers, eat, eat, move on
  • Ethiopia exports a lot of coffee (in contrast to South America, people there drink it) so it is important to pay them a fair price (ask for fair trade coffee and where it is from)

To live sustainability with nature – is possible.

Just as the West needs to transit from fossil fuel addiction to CO2-neutrality

Africa needs to change to sustainable renewable lifestyles (do not cut more trees than grow)

Africa still #1 in Population Growth rate (+2.49% per year)

# Region Population
Land Area
Pop %
1 Asia 4,641,054,775 0.86 % 39,683,577 150 31,033,131 -1,729,112 2.2 32 0 % 59.5 %
2 Africa 1,340,598,147 2.49 % 32,533,952 45 29,648,481 -463,024 4.4 20 0 % 17.2 %
3 Europe 747,636,026 0.06 % 453,275 34 22,134,900 1,361,011 1.6 43 0 % 9.6 %
4 Latin America and the Caribbean 653,962,331 0.9 % 5,841,374 32 20,139,378 -521,499 2 31 0 % 8.4 %
5 Northern America 368,869,647 0.62 % 2,268,683 20 18,651,660 1,196,400 1.8 39 0 % 4.7 %
6 Oceania 42,677,813 1.31 % 549,778 5 8,486,460 156,226 2.4 33 0 % 0.5 %


source: “Ethiopias endangered biodiversity”