Three quotes that stick in my head as far as it all goes are these:
“Crying ‘Overpopulation!’ is just another way for the rich to shift the blame to the poor.” -George Monbiot
“The opposite of consumption is not frugality; it is generosity.” -Raj Patel
“In a society based on competition, you inevitably get fewer and fewer winners and more and more losers.” -Wendell Berry
Now, to put it all together, I think of it like this: If Earth was a corporation, of all of its trillions of employed living laborers, 8 billion of them just show up to steal the office supplies and fight over parking spaces.
To reverse our economic model from extraction to contribution to the planet, and to value every human as someone who has the potential to contribute to the future of the planet’s resources, and to cooperate in doing so is very ‘uncivilized’.
As for writing, this is from The Dark Mountain Project:
“We believe that the roots of these crises lie in the stories we have been telling ourselves. We intend to challenge the stories which underpin our civilisation: the myth of progress, the myth of human centrality, and the myth of our separation from ‘nature’. These myths are more dangerous for the fact that we have forgotten they are myths.”