Down to Earth

Why we are stealing from the future
and what we can do about it

Bookcover Ontaarde Beschaving

Down to Earth
Why we are stealing from the future and what we can do about it

Though currently only available in Dutch this book will be translated in English. The current working title is Down to Earth
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Welcome Down to Earth

Climate changes, depletion of raw materials, pollution, mass-extinction and mass surveillance are some of the problems we are facing. But are these problems or symptoms of something bigger? Where did it start, when and why did it go wrong? Are we still in control? What are we to do?

The book Ontaarde Beschaving poses big questions, does not shy uncomfortable visions and does not avoid confronting solutions.

Down To Earth (Ontaarde Beschaving) examines how we got trapped in a civilization that is taking such a toll on the ecological system that we have few options left. We are faced with a cosmic challenge; taking responsibility for all life on our planet. Will we humans perish with all our technology and civilization, or will we say goodbye to most of this in order to survive?

This book is a report of the search for the causes and mutual relationships of the gigantic problems that we are facing. In the past many books and articles about technology, ecology, sociology and philosophy have appeared that have already explained or predicted our current or future problems. All these topics are presented compact and coherent in one single book.

No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it. - Albert Einstein

I consider the topics I wrote about as an important part of our general knowledge and development. They should certainly be compulsory in education to give the new generation a good knowledge base for changing their future for the better.

The structure of the book

PART I   includes the first four chapters that describe what kind of situation we find ourselves in and how we got into it.

Chapter 1 ECOLOGY.   The earth is finite and has its limitations. This chapter looks at the limits to growth both from an ecological point of view and on the basis of statistical, scientific data.

Chapter 2 TECHNOLOGY   describes the role of technology in our current society and how it seems to continue to grow limitlessly. A number of inherent properties of technology that are at odds with ecology and nature are examined.

Chapter 3 CIVILIZATION   describes our western civilization and how it lies at the basis of the current crises in a number of respects.

Chapter 4 HUMANITY   investigates how the psyche and our society were and are shaped by technology and civilization.


PART II   includes chapters five and six. These chapters describe what we can expect when we don't take any action.

Chapter 5 THE CRASH   shows how the contradictions between the earthly boundaries and the model of boundless growth will certainly lead to a collision.

Chapter 6 DEGENERATED   illustrates with additional information and examples what was described in earlier chapters.


PART III   includes chapters seven and eight in which suggestions for change are made that can stimulate the emergence of a more sustainable future.

Chapter 7 DOWN TO EARTH   describes how we need to change our mentality in order to be able to live sustainably.

Chapter 8 ACTION   researches means to achieve real sustainability. Practical possibilities are explored to make our lives more resilient and possibilities for active action and resistance are researched to counter the destruction around us.

About the translation in English

Translating my book is a big job that I love to work on whenever time allows it. This also means that there is no set finishing date. Since I'm not a native speaker of the English language, I would need a native English editor or Dutch to English translator to help with this for free or, when donations allow so, for a small fee.

Let me now what you can offer.  

Otis Scops

Otis Scops is researcher, author, information-junk and above al iconoclast. Originally, his field of research was mainly technology, but over the years it has shifted to the areas of sociology, philosophy and real sustainability, especially in practice.