A while back I had this idea come to me.. one that seems so right on the more I think about it.
It's about the pattern our society follows in destructive use of our resources. The destructive pattern is to take something, use it, destroy it by using it, and throw away the shards that remain from the destruction.
Oil is a great example but there are many more examples. With fossil oil the oil companies pump it out of the ground, refine it into various products, and generally the refined oil is burned hence destroyed. This destructive pattern happens with all kinds of minerals and so much more. One attribute is the "throw away society" ...
A living pattern is one where one persons garbage is another persons gold, and everything is constantly recycled through the system of life. Where the destructive pattern can only end in death, the living pattern can live forever because it is nurturing and self sustaining.
By following the destructive pattern it is inevitable the resource being destroyed will eventually run out. And if the resource being destroyed is vital for livelihood then how can livelihood continue if the resource has petered out?