This morning I received an inbox advertisement for Microsoft Cloud which noted it was good for sustainability. That word sustainability caught my eye. Everything these days is about sustainability or so say millions of people. If something is sustainable it is able to be maintained at the current rate or level. The use of this word apparently started steadily increasing from 1980s onward. Now it seems to just be part of regular parlance.
What about that which is unsustainable? Meaning that which is NOT able to be maintained at the current rate or level. To me, the use of the word unsustainable is even more widely used these days. I would note in particular to the great resignation economy.
Chris Wallace, the news anchor, recently gave an interview on leaving Fox News in which he boted: “I’m fine with opinion: conservative opinion, liberal opinion. But when people start to question the truth — Who won the 2020 election? Was Jan. 6 an insurrection? — I found that unstainable”
For many people, regardless of specific context whether its work, family, friendships or so forth, situations have become unsustainable. It seems we have collectively reached an unsustainability breaking point. We are reflecting on world events. We are pausing every now and again to assess to consider or consider our standing. Where do we want to go? What can we tolerate? What are we tolerating. It seems we each need our own unsustainability index.