by Jan Lundberg
Amidst constant stimuli from
the mechanical and artificial environment, we must do our utmost to keep in mind the falsity and impermanence of modern living.
What a waste to live our entire lives according to superficial concepts
and the greedy agendas of dominators.
The profligate energy consumption of U.S. society and the rest of the industrialized world will plummet, taking with it the trappings of modern civilization. World oil extraction is about to taper off, throwing a probably fatal monkeywrench into the growth economy.
will remain upon collapse, besides social upheaval while people try to provide
basic needs suddenly without
petroleum may not approach the
comfort of traditional harsh living of a few generations ago that was
close to the land.
In other words, we should be lucky to end up agrarian, although the ravaged
land, air & water and species-loss will be unforgiving.
In other words, we should be lucky to end up agrarian, although the ravaged land, air & water and species-loss will be unforgiving.
Regardless of ones
passionate rejection of the narrow rationale for war, systematic pollution, and
virtual slavery, the changing world will serve up a new culture of
sustainability that is, if we
can collectively overcome the destruction wrought by the growth economy.
There is nothing wrong with economics if it nurtures and is based on
local self-reliance. But thats
not what the global economy is about: its an extension of the cancer of
expansion that Western Civilization has been.
This is a time of failing to recognize the obvious, so most of us wallow in confusion. When the sheer fact of overpopulation in these United States is denied, and when destructive technology is allowed to multiply as if such a state of affairs is natural and inevitable, the mental health of the individual and of society in general is to be questioned. To deny the U.S. is overpopulated is to claim the Emperor is wearing clothes when he is naked. However, it is politically incorrect and a non-funder (as in, nonstarter) to admit to domestic overpopulation. But anyone can explore the source of our huge populations sustenance, and see it comes from guzzling petroleum. When it dries up, population will plummet as the economy is toppled and materialist society disintegrates. That appears to be when overpopulation will be admitted universally.
Political and personal response
For now, we are surrounded and buried by material and societal stuff that masquerades as reality. It is soooo weird to trudge through the artificial world day after day and pretend its normal and all right. Poets and artists relate to such feelings, and they express themselves accordingly. What does it all mean politically? Its what we make of it.
The way we view the world is the key to understanding not just our history, our crises and our fate, but what our power is this moment. A revolution is possible if we see ourselves equal to and not above 'things' around us: air, water, soil, plants, animals, light, says Tony. Pereira, a Los Angeles-based sustainable architecture and engineering activist, and UCLA masters candidate. He says, "'Things' around us, plants and animals, fought and evolved under the same 'conditions' as humans now do, and for a much longer time period. They, we all face sudden inexorable death. Who's to say that the smallest bacteria or virus has any less powers than we do?"
A revolution of such deep magnitude would dwarf the petty political aims of those who want the pie redistributed, especially when it is an arsenic pie in the words of the Depaving Guru, a.k.a. Richard Register of Ecocity Builders.
Some of us have the self-appointed job of examining and clarifying our common predicament and anticipating whats next in our social evolution. We speak up for the other species not taken into account when the better paid environmentalists imagine a future of cleaner cars, for example. We join in the streets activists who feel the injustice of the kill-for-oil, global-warming foreign policy of the U.S.-led juggernaut of world trade. It is vital, however, to begin the alternatives now so that models are in place when the peak in world oil extraction is suddenly felt, or a financial meltdown triggers collapse.
This week, after the revelations of U.S. torture in Iraq, coupled with genocide against Iraqis such as in Fallujah, the future looks like collateral damage is going to hit U.S. society where it hurts, or even cripple it whether or not retribution is called terrorism.
Renouncing petroleum gluttony today could begin to apologize for what the western industrialized nations have done to Iraq, Arabs and Muslims. Such conciliatory and ecologically sound "foreign policy" from individuals and communities could go a long way toward peace and defusing the tension that the U.S. and U.K. have wrought upon the whole world.
Do what you can. A song by Dana Lyons, "Willy Says," quotes a Lummi Indian elder who says "There's a world beneath the pavement." Sing today of a future full of freedom, even if we might not be there to enjoy it.
May 2, 2004
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