William Rees, Coping With CoViD-19, Acknowledging The Real Plague, The Solutions Journal, Volume 11, Issue 2, May 2020, (https://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/article/coping-covid-19-acknowledging-real-plague/) Abstract: Modern society is ecologically dysfunctional: When cultural norms are radically anomalous, ‘normal’ is pathology and its solutions merely reproduce the problem. As I watch the CoViD-19 saga unfold, I have to keep reminding myself that humans are short-sighted by nature.  We are mostly concerned about whatever affects us right here and right now. (Economists say we ‘discount’ both future possibilities and distant events.) Moreover, as social animals, we ‘socially construct’ what we take to be real. Our cultural norms and narratives, religious doctrines, political ideologies, scientific paradigms, economic theories, etc., however deeply entrenched by social convention, are all essentially ‘made up’.  Regrettably, many complex constructs do not faithfully represent important dimensions of the biophysical world. If you think this is just academic babble, think again: the sobering fact is that humans necessarily live more out of their social constructs than they … Topics: