Let’s face it; the greatest failing of the human race is that there is so much we can do, but choose not to do. There’s really no reason at any point in our history we couldn’t have fed the starving, housed the homeless, eradicated most epidemic diseases, raised universal education to an acceptable level, and brought the whole world up to a sustainable level of economic development. Similarly, the technology for the evolution of consciousness is well enough understood, in most every culture, that we could have blanketed the earth in enlightened people by now.
But we didn’t.
And why not? Certainly such things are thinkable. Certainly they are achievable, given sustained effort. So what’s the explanation then, for not doing something that is thinkable, achievable, and undoubtedly profound?
I think it’s connected to another thing, that I’ve seen again and again in my research, particularly into these collapse related matters; people who don’t want to own up to their own ideas. Who don’t take their ideas seriously. People who apparently don’t even take themselves seriously.
And I don’t mean in an anal retentive, control freak kind of way. I just mean, acting consistently with what you believe. Committing to your ideas enough to examine them fully.
I mean, how many times now have I seen the same kinds of figures, where, for instance, within the next five years the natural gas supply to north america will probably be one half what it is now? I realize that natural gas is only a small bit of electricity generation, but it is huge in home heating, and that’s a major fucking crisis in certain places when it gets cold. I recall reading an article not long ago where the governor of the state of maine basically says that if fuel oil prices continue to go up as they have been, the place will be largely uninhabitable in a few years. He’s serious. But he’s one of the few.
And what blows my mind is richard heinberg (not to name names) if anyone has the figures in the palm of his hand, it’s this guy. And yet I’ve heard him give these lectures more than once, and trot out these figures and then say that we could have a real problem in twenty years or so.
I mean, WTF? Is this guy taking the piss? What is his definition of a ‘major crisis’? Marauding fucking cannibals driving SUV’s powered by biodiesel rendered from human fat( I have no idea if you can actually do that, and I’m not sure I want to plant the idea in anyone’s head…)? Realistically we’ve been in an energy related die-off for some decades now, and it’s probably ramping up to mind-numbing levels as we speak. Is this guy serious? Or is he just trying to sell books, and encourage people to backyard garden?
Or Jim Kunstler, who thinks he can roll out 19th century pastoralism, in the midst of millions of people, probably armed, decanting onto the land to flip over rotten logs in search of grubs. Just one more guy pushing his agenda, who thinks he can draw personal lines around something of this scope. Not serious.
And it goes on and on. I mean if you’re not sure about your numbers, then check them again, and if you’re still not sure, then check them again, but if you’re going to open your mouth, then at least be honest about what you see. And these are the guys who are sounding the alarm for humanity? Even the alarmists are not serious.
And really, I’m not much better, if at all. I won’t deny pushing my own personal agenda, but I can at least own up to the fact that the scope of the situation may indeed trump my considerations. But being a spiritual activist, I’m used to history trumping my considerations. It’s not quite so bad anymore.
But still, I can look at myself in the mirror and know that I have the means at my disposal to complete the path as I understand it. There’s no doubt about that whatsoever. So what am I doing now?