PREVIEW KEW Episode 71: Sustainability

Are you familiar with the term ‘sustainability’? You may have heard it in the context of environmentalism, and that is a valid use. I actually came to the term via my Ecology and Evolutionary Biology training.

I think sustainability is simply about being aware that things run out.

My favorite definition is something like:

Making sure what you use doesn’t get used up.

In the context of The Are vs Should Problem, I think sustainability is related to our ‘Are’.

In other words, I don’t think living unsustainably in any way, except in rare cases that are extremely short-lived, is wrong.

In an environmental sense, this means we need to get our heads around our fossil fuel consumption IMMEDIATELY. Like, yesterday. That’s not a value judgement, that’s a sustainability issue.

With respect to our personal growth, we need to make sure the changes we implement are do-able over the long term. That the energy we use doesn’t get used up during the healing process. I think this is an often overlooked element of healing.

This week I’ll unwrap the idea of Sustainability in an ecological sense but also with respect to personal growth and healing.

Full Episode this Friday right here at

And also look forward to bonus Are Vs Should interview Episodes on Thursdays in the near future.

FLASHBACK! to KEW Episode 6: Competition

Often I think competition brings out the worst in people. In ecology, natural selection can be thought of as a solution to competition and the problems it creates. In fact, competition is the mechanism that, when avoided, leads to speciation and biodiversity.

In sports and economics competition is often viewed as fun or even critical. Here I argue that competition is important, but can be taken too far; to the point where it can negatively affect us as individuals and as a society.

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KEW Episode 6: Competition

People say competition is a good thing. It regulates markets. Protects consumers. Allows for watchable sports. But I see a lot of negative effects resulting from competition.

Given my background in Ecology, I understand ecological competition as occurring only when resources are limited, and leading to speciation. Pretty cool stuff. In essence, the lack of competition creates harmony in nature.

I see sports (sports fans, really) as creating a lot of negative energy around the winning and losing dichotomy. Competition leads to happy winners and sad losers.

I also see a lot of crappy products sold to willing consumers and making companies millions of dollars. Not sure competition is working there, either.

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