Today and recently the blogosphere is dripping with blog producers and blog consumers lathering about - The Future. And if there is one.
This is entirely understandable, and believe me, I'm not smirking at all those silly people.
The thing is, I've known this for a long long time. I do believe in physics, I do, I do. And if you do- this collapse of industrial insanity has been inevitable for a very long time.
But how, forsooth, to explain that? Lucidly, and convincingly, to folks who have not spent decades looking and listening, and studying. What we are all taught, growing up, is that "progress" is glorious, inevitable, and endless- and good. They pound that in hard. It's not easy getting folks to the point where they can see it's a dogma based on fallacies and illusions. And it's not fun.
Luckily for us, California has produced several years of completely clear data. It isn't necessary for you to understand "the science of economics" (ROTFL!); or physics, or the chemistry of global warming. You just need 4th grade arithmatic.
California is burning, yes? Badly. Happened last year; and the year before. And what are they doing about it all?
Not planning, that's for sure. Here it is: the reaction to the entire state burning down- the reaction of the wealthiest, most forward looking people on the planet.
Cost of firefighting in California; by year:
Can you say "impotent"?
The fact is; our world governments are all in this state at the moment; utterly unable to cope with reality. The various forces at work are able, time and again, to prevent action.
Manifestly- California needs to agree- fires are more costly than they used to be; we must budget more for dealing with them.
Manifestly- the state of California has failed to do anything about the problem, year after year.
Reality, physics, will prevail; every time. Which is why California is on fire again.
Another litany of years of inaction is here; NYT: Asleep At The Spigot.
This is perhaps the largest problem I see for humanity at the moment- regardless of how or why we got here- our joint decision making processes are universally paralyzed.
Pick a disaster; any disaster- as the pundits are sifting through the rubble, you will find this phrase, over and over: "repeated warnings were ignored..."
How we got here; why; and what happens next- is tome material; cannot be crammed into a blog.
What do you need to do about this? Realize- you're on your own.
Technology will not save us. Because any truly revolutionary technology will be fought tooth and nail; and subverted, and co-opted; by the same forces that have paralyzed our states.
Policy will not save us. Ditto. They'll be holding policy discussions at our funerals.
What might save us is- us.
Communities, working to stick together, and face realities.
The best initiative I know of there is Rob Hopkins' "Transition Towns" -
There's hope there; if you're willing to roll up your sleeves.