Scarcity-mind or Eco-mind: Where do they lead? by Frances Moore Lappé
Humans beings, it turns out, don’t see the world as it is. “It is theory which decides what we can observe,” wrote Albert Einstein in 1926. We humans see the world through culturally formed filters, what I call our mental maps. They determine what we see, what we cannot see, and therefore what we believe to be possible.
The article notes that for 95% of human time we lived in the perception of plenty. It is only in the last 10K years that we live in the perception of scarcity.
To this I would add that the first humans were I-based (Information based) cultures and it is only after the extinctions at the end of the Pleistocene that scarcity is invented and people began to create M-based (material goods based) cultures.
Or, if one were to follow Einstein it is only then that people’s theory of how the world works changed from plenty to scarcity.
In the same manner, today we are returning to an I-based culture so are beginning to see that our M-based theory is not serving us or solving our global problems.