Thursday, September 18, 2008

Melville's classic dilemma

Captain Ahab (man) vs Moby Dick (whale) conflict resolution

Today, the battle is "crisis of the commons", where people keep dumping pollutants into the sea and overharvesting from the sea without regard for it's ecological limits. No one owns the oceans, and because they have currents moving materials around like the winds, a different type of ownership/stewardship system is required, different from land based systems, or else the oceans will be degraded.

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