Dungeon Prompts: The Price of Civilization

This week’s prompt is:  The Price of Civilization 

“The biggest problem climate change poses isn’t how the Department of Defense should plan for resource wars, or how we should put up sea walls to protect Alphabet City, or when we should evacuate Hoboken. It won’t be addressed by buying a Prius, signing a treaty, or turning off the air-conditioning. The biggest problem we face is a philosophical one: understanding that this civilization is already dead.”

Roy Scranton, NY Times

“Scientists have been warning about global warming for decades. It’s too late to stop it now, but we can lessen its severity and impacts.”

– David Suzuki

Photo by Artist Aleksandra Kerzhentceva.  Check her out at http://www.kerzhentceva.com/
Photo by Artist Aleksandra Kerzhentceva. Check her out at http://www.kerzhentceva.com/

“Global warming, along with the cutting and burning of forests and other critical habitats, is causing the loss of living species at a level comparable to the extinction event that wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. That event was believed to have been caused by a giant asteroid. This time it is not an asteroid colliding with the Earth and wreaking havoc: it is us.”

― Al Gore, An Inconvenient Truth

“My biggest objection to Marxism has been the presumption that industry should exist at all. I think the unstoppable juggernaut which is global warming demonstrates that processing natural materials on an industrial scale is a suicidal practice.”

― David Katzman

photo via Wikimedia Commons
photo via Wikimedia Commons

What is the price we are willing to pay to keep up our current lifestyle?  There certainly is no interest in giving up the luxurious life that we have become accustomed to; the travel, the conveniences, the whatever-we-want-whenever-we-want-it-if-we-have-the-money-to-support-it routine.  But, are we choosing to remain in the dark about the consequences of our actions?  Would we return to the horse and buggy if we knew that to continue to use cars would lead to the end of civilization?

The world’s population is at 7 billion and climbing while we continue to export the glorification of the Hollywood dream.  Can we continue to support this kind of activity, as developing countries race to copy a model that the world cannot sustain?

Suggested Prompts:

*What is the price you are willing to pay to continue to live in the comforts of the modern era?  Have you given up anything in the name of helping the environment?  Do you believe that issues such as Global Warming can be left for our children to deal with?  Is a business status quo more important than the future of our civilization?  Have we already gone past the point of no return?  Please share your thoughts on the health of our world?

*Write a short story, poem, or share a picture or song that talks about your feelings on global warming and the price you’re willing to pay for civilization.

*Any inspired offering that somehow relates to the idea of the price of civilization.

Dungeon Prompts are meant to open up the abandoned rooms inside ourselves and dust them off a bit.  Explore the recesses of your mind and get back with a poem, story, essay or creative offering.  Link your post to this specific prompt page and I’ll share your link back with our readers.

To participate, all you’ll need to do is:

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2.            Link back to this page in the body of your post *

3.            Dive deep within and give us a glimpse of your soul!**


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This week’s contributors are:

Free Fall – Dream Cloud Diaries

Political Message – Every Day Another Story

The Price is Right? – MartaOstout

The Disease You Were – The Arkside of Thought

 The Endless Well – Traces of the Soul

Earth Grief – Stardreaming with Sherry Blue Sky

The Same Earth – SplitSpeak

Disequilibrium – Follow Your Shadow

The Cost of Being Civilized – Human in Recovery

I Came to Win – The Seeker’s Dungeon

Pundit (Tanka) – Blog It or Lose It


Please, also check out last week’s offerings on Motivation

Role Model – The Story of an Ordinary Girl

Positive Push – Dream Cloud Diaries

Walking With Reason – MarthaOstout

Motivation – Writing Works in Progress

Motivation – Human in Recovery

What Motivates Me? (Haiku) – Traces of the Soul

Motivation – Cher Shares

Dreams – Writing Works in Progress

The Struggle Between Mind and Matter – The Seeker’s Dungeon

The Meaning of Motivation Changed – Shadows of the Divine

When You Call Me – SplitSpeak

On Motivation – Contemplating Me

One Square Root of One Percent – My Spirit Journey

About the author

I am a King without a Kingdom, in a world with many masters, wrapped in the spoils of a jealous heart, and my people’s callous laughter.


  1. I’m throwing in a post I wrote maybe two years ago. It advocates that small individual approach to improving the environment, which I agree is pretty feeble. Never mind I say. Everyone has to do their share. Conservation is a concept that is absent, has been suppressed. It’s interesting how even a minor drop in consumerism has the world governments shaking in their boots. The whole house of cards could come tumbling down http://bumbastories.wordpress.com/2011/01/19/political-message/

  2. This ones going to be hard one for me. When ever topic of civilization comes – I am nihilistic or darwinist in approach. 😛
    Btw, I loved that video you posted. I use almost the same logic to choose action over inaction. I may write a post on that.

    1. My pleasure, Sreejit. Always. I’ve also been working on a pice for the guest-blogging event you are hosting. Will let you know when I’ve finished writing it: I’ve set up my structure and doing some research 🙂

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