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Excellent analysis - and it must be unique, connecting human consciousness (the lack thereof) with the pervading lack of interest in and understanding of the oceans among most humans.

One aspect is particularly stark: the growth imperative. It seems to me that this imperative is the basic foundation of how "we" operate as a species. The superstructure on top of this is capitalism. Just as textbook capitalism spouts the orthodox mantra that companies must keep expanding (i.e. grabbing increasingly large amounts of money from the market place) or they will go out of business, so the human species is addicted to permanent growth as an unconscious buttress against decline, decay and death.

How ironic and how fitting that this incessant dash for growth is au contraire hastening our decline.

Good work, maestro.

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