Preliminary: This essay rethinks some earlier attempts at a comprehensive understanding of social change, most notably in a 2005 essay, In Search of Religious Radicalism, and my former blog Utopian Longings. This is the first of an intended series.
It's true, climate change is frightening. Perhaps it has never happened before that humans have had to face the possibility of our species' extinction so directly. We cannot save ourselves by our own effort, we are not in control of much at all, no matter how clever or hardworking we are. We are tied together on this planet with millions of people who haven't yet faced the scientific evidence and who aren't ready give up their material greed and their hard hearts against those who are 'not like… Continue