One of the big challenges faced by our modern society is that our world is evolving much faster than we are. The enormous fossil fuel binge of the past century has changed everything – mostly for the better – but our brains have not managed to keep up.
In general, we are still stuck with our primitive mindset of scarcity, even though technological progress has created abundance all around us. This mindset triggers a primitive urge to grab and consume our slice of the global pie at almost any cost.
In the future, we will gradually evolve to a mindset of abundance. This more enlightened society will realize that we have enough pie for a happy, healthy, wealthy and sustainable life. We will also find that the global pie becomes much bigger if we stop squabbling over the pieces and, instead, focus on baking more pie.
From this line of thought, I believe that our mental evolution can be directly traced to our consumption patterns. Particularly, whether we consume more or less than we produce and whether we consume more or less than our planet can produce. This gives four kinds of people in the world today:
Currently, that lovely green box in the top-left corner is a rather lonely place – especially in the developed world. We definitely need more people to migrate in that direction.
Speaking of migration, the box in which you find yourself at the moment is not so important. The important part is the direction in which you are moving. As long as you are heading to the green, you are on the right track 🙂
PS: Why should you take lifestyle advice from a random guy on the internet? Good question. Take a look at the effects that these guidelines had on my life and decide for yourself.