Maybe we’ve got our fall theme, Dave: you ‘n me, the Apocalypse Twins!
I think you’re at your best when talking about this kind of stuff. It’s an excellent post. For myself, I’m not so sure that “if we really knew what we were doing we wouldn’t do it.” I think we (they?) do know, and don’t care; we’ve become the masters of our world, or so we still think. Look at the contempt heaped upon the poor snail darter – and that’s just one example.
What Clive said about his friend’s short stories is exactly where I am, too. When we get to a point where all our decisions are based on economic benefit, we’ve lost everything.