The patterns of life that modernity engenders can only be practiced by a small minority of the world’s population

From Amitav Ghosh’s The Great Derangement pg 91:

What we have learned from this experiment is that the patterns of life that modernity engenders can only be practiced by a small minority of the world’s population. Asia’s historical experience demonstrates that our planet will not allow these patterns of living to be adopted by every human being. Every family in the world cannot have two cars, a washing machine, and a refrigerator—not because of technical or economic limitations but because humanity would asphyxiate in the process.

As Kira Allmann has pointed out, this is as true of our current internet usage (particularly with regards to 5G and the expectations of continually increasing speeds of mobile streaming) as it is with anything else.

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