Human beings will be happier - not when they cure cancer or get to Mars or eliminate racial prejudice or flush Lake Erie but when they find ways to inhabit primitive communities again. That's my utopia.
...This would suggest that we are in the midst of a pivotal human evolutionary moment, equal to that of earlier critical points such as the shift from hunter-gatherer to agriculturalist some 8 or 9 thousand years ago. That the U.S. "war on terror" may in fact be seen as directly aimed at assuring access to the remainder of dwindling oil resources relating to our entire way of life may trigger an awakening about urgent need for a huge shift in thinking. One might conclude in a fairly short time span of intensive discernment that a radically changed life where less is seen as more may be the necessary survival response. The concocted "war on terror" may be recognized as one aimed at achieving world hegemony to extend our way of life for a little longer, with the realization, however, that, once those resources have run out, never again will we be able to live the way we have grown up believing in.
Thus, in a short period of time, massive numbers of people could conceivably choose to withdraw their support from a political and economic system, and its plutocratic structures, seen now as one destined to doom humans and other living things to unprecedented extreme danger, even possibly extinction. In the alternative, people could choose to actively participate in a worldwide effort to identify and begin experimenting with truly sustainable steady-state economies, manifesting in federations of bioregions where the carrying capacity of Mother Nature would determine and be inextricably intertwined with human values and lifestyles