There is nothing more telling about the current state of the human psyche than our collective behavior toward our one and only life support system: our only planet.
While great leaps of morality and justice have been made in this world, such as the establishment of the International Criminal Court - - where heads of state are tried for crimes against humanity, genocide and war crimes - - and most recently with the astonishing victory of nonviolence over Egypt's dictator, we cannot yet say that we value and treat the natural environment with the same moral convictions.
What we can say is that we are in a race between the forces of fear and greed gnawing away ferociously at the thin thread our only planet hangs from, and the many ardent forces allied against that gnawing.
If you measure this race by such things as the depletion of natural resources vs. the protection or restoration of same, or by the daily increase in concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere vs. the number of coal-fired power plants shut down, it's clear that the gnawers are winning handily.
If, on the other hand, we take the sudden appearance and victory of nonviolence in Egypt as a sign that great shifts in consciousness and behavior can occur without warning, then all may not be lost.
Time will tell.