Monday, July 13, 2009
These acquaintances tend to fall into two camps. Those who are obsessed with bleak news and information, particularly anything that supports their world view - they tend to talk a lot and worry a lot. There are also those who want to find land, raise goats and be ready to return to the 1700s. Sometimes these camps overlap.
As for a meltdown, bleak living and a dog eat dog society...I don't buy it. There are already about 2 billion of us living on the edge, without enough food, water, security, education or opportunity. There are already people without power, without vehicles, without a healthy environment - millions and millions of them. And those people for the most part do so with dignity and social structures that are strong. I'd like to see a shift in resources to lift them from a dollar or two a day existence more than to be sure I have a goat and a wagon.
I think it is narcissistic, fearful and misguided if I, one of the most privileged humans on the planet, obsess on my possible demise and how I can retreat into some imaginary self sufficiency and protect my own. It seems rather sad in the big picture.
What I prefer is to take the threads of optimism I feel and see all around, and contribute to building a resilient, adaptable and enjoyable local/regional community and to fight where I can for social justice for everyone. Not to mention taking time to enjoy the beauty around me, those I love and a good sip of single malt whisky now and then.
Hmmmm - a rant, although a polite one as always.
To be truly radical
is to make hope possible,
rather than despair convincing.
- Raymond Williams, Welsh academic, novelist and critic
P.S. Check out this local example of positive action - a local organic grain cooperative. The first tons of grain grown were delivered 100 kilometres by a fleet of local sailboats. Fun.
I'm not particularly confident about how gracefully the American culture will accept a new paradigm of lost dominance but, like James Lovelock, I'm certain humanity will pass through this difficult stage. I think it's why we're all here right now.
Crow asked me to tell you he loves you too :-)
i don't think i would make a good goat herder. i couldn't even feed myself if i had to grow my own food.
one thing i probably could do is grow fruit trees. although, i can't imagine eating rotten apples all winter long (I've never canned anything).
i guess in winter, i could draw stuff on cave walls. maybe charge admission?
better yet, i could raise animal crackers. care for a hippopotamus?
You can’t recreate exactly an environment lost but you can all work together to ensure a more balanced and sustainbale world, which involves co operation and the sharing of knowledge/ wealth. There are organizers and leaders and hopefully many more cooperating at the sharp end rather than in grand isolation.
Lindsay - pragmatic and principles as always...
Seraphine - I'd love a hand-raised hippo animal cracker... and would trade you homemade hootch for it. We'd survive!
Susan - you're a realist and an idealist. It must feel full sometime :)
Gary - yeah, let's hear it for the everyday person as we are him and her and we are resilient (kind of fun too)
Gfid - a little less here and a little more there would do a lot.
Beth - back from the cottage?
Gary, if I didn't already have a serious cybercrush on you, I'd have one now.
I love your heart, mind, and insights.
Now if you'd just put on some eyeliner once in a while, I'd follow you anywhere . . .
Thanks for that.
I don't really buy all the media either about how the economy is in the tank. Yes, it's not as it was, say last year, but certain people are still carelessly and mindlessly buying diamonds and furs and fancy cars, without a thought for those who don't know when their next meal will be.
The world is so unbalanced - it's heartbreaking.
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