I like fried chicken.

Eating fried chicken now and then is a most enjoyable activity. Eating fried chicken every day or every week, however, will soon become a problem. On a personal level, the amount of waste I generate daily is not really a problem I can immediately perceive. And so on.

Perhaps most of the problems we face as a species today are primarily a matter of degree. When a few people do something, the effects are generally minimal. When an entire flock of humans do it (and do it without thinking), the effects can be cumulative and rapidly devastating.

There are several factors working against us right now:

A planetary awareness upgrade is clearly required. Will it come soon enough?