The First Industrial Revolution really did seem like a good idea at the time. but it hasn't taken that long for its flaws to manifest themselves. The major premise of that revolution underlies most of the current forms of human destructiveness to the planet and to our own societies: that history and community are worth nothing compared to material comforts and money; that much of nature is dead, or at least not of immediate value to us; that we can break it down into separate components, and those components can be altered, removed or interchanged without damaging any overarching structure. As farmer Joel Salatin said in chapter five, once we begin to treat "living, individual creatures as if they were dead things, numbers in our profit margin," we will lose them. And so we have, in massive numbers. What we hadn't realized is that treating other lifeforms on the planet as if ther were expendable has made us expendable, too.
Suzuki and Dressel, Good News For a Change, p.351.