Do we take responsibility for our actions which affect the future generation? Current policies do not seem to reflect that we care.
Existing institutions do not seem well-designed to address paradigmatically global, intergenerational and ecological problems, such as climate change. 1 In particular, they tend to crowd out intergenerational concern, and thereby facilitate a “tyranny of the contemporary” in which successive generations exploit the future to their own advantage in morally indefensible ways (albeit perhaps unintentionally). Overcoming such a tyranny will require both accepting responsibility for the future and meeting the institutional gap.
Stephen M. Gardiner — Journal of Practical Ethics
2 thoughts on “Accepting Collective Responsibility for the Future”
Yes, short-term goals are much more important to both industry and governments. To hell with our children and their children, just as long as we make a profit and don’t lose out in any way. It’s just stupidity, really. I am concerned about the world we leave to future generations. We should try to solve these problems and not ignore them (at best).
We are becoming a selfish generation. Let’s hope things improve.