Industrial civilization based on the authoritarian advantage of reason as interpreted within the framework of enlightenment, sees as its main objective domination and manipulation. The late 20th century, however, is witness to a new change, namely the shift from mechanistic to holistic conception of reality. The period of unconstrained economic growth is comig to its end, because it met with fatal ecological limits. The paper deals with basic strategies of sustainable living. The discussion and the search for a new civilization paradigm leads to the conclusion that values are the primary forces in human society. The question then is, if we have enough time to make the dominant values of humanity the superior principle to preserve the world.