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Making the Good Life Last by Michael Schuler

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Chapter 2Releasing Old Habits of Thought and Belief

Before exploring the four keys of sustainability in greater depth and connecting them more explicitly to the “good life,” we should seek to expose the cultural and ideological forces that might hinder any serious attempt to apply those keys. It has been argued that sustainability ought to be placed at the forefront of our values, its transformative potential recognized and affirmed. But for that to happen, other ideas and principles long deemed important have to be reconsidered, altered, and, in some instances, retired. Once we understand what inhibits sustainability, we will be in a better position to investigate its promise.

Echoing Van Rensselaer Potter, British philosopher John Gray ...

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