Civilization itself (city-based societies) was the cheat; an evolutionary trap. Combined with religions, civilization isolates humans from the natural risk and responsibility (response ability) of the environment that spawned us. The Old World city-states generated the deadly combination of extraction with 'morality' from 'on-high’. America just replaced their loyalty to royalty with loyalty to the competitive extraction process.

It isn’t so much listening to indigenous people as to what they listen to: the environment. They’ve done well listening to the competition and blind belief of the white human demographic environment: hence the success of casinos. Unfortunately, it doesn’t do much to curb the cyclic anthropocentric suicide of civilization. The earth asks, “What, exactly, did I make humans for, again?” as it loses its trees (the interface between soil and space).

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