Don Chisholm delivered this talk to a fellowship of the Unitarian Church on or about Earth Day in April 1996 (exact location unknown). In it, he claimed ‘the mountain’ was human-made, consisting of activities and cultures. He presented the image of us all living in the shadow of the mountain, unable to see that it causes a great threat. Our society is abusive of both many of its members, but also of our environment. Like drug addicts, we may some day recognize that we have a problem, but there is a long way to fall. Until that happens, we will continue to create poverty and abuse the poor and nature.
Don explored all the relevant aspects of the problematique that was being discussed at the time across the Club of Rome and its informal national affiliates.
For the difference between ‘elusive’ and ‘illusive,’ see this link. Ed.
In looking for Don’s background, I chanced upon this letter to him by Dr. Alexander King, the second chairman of the Club of Rome. Ed.
Dr. King’s life is reviewed here. Ed.