I've had these words up on my wall at work for a little while. I thought I'd like to stick 'em here also. It's an interesting comment and I've been thinking about this for some time since I first read it.
This is from the NANOG list on November 2nd, 2008.
the human, as a species in the animal kingdom, is known to be the kind of animal who fouls its own nest and overruns its habitat. the idea of a tipping point, whether it be for CO2 in the atmosphere or polar ice shelves or explosively deaggregated IPv4 routing tables, does not occur in the minds of individual decision makers. instead it's left to us "chicken little" types, and the only way the individual decision makers ever make their decisions on the basis of tipping points is if some kind of "governance" makes them do so.