A few days ago, the watch I carry due to bus schedules stopped. Later that day 60 mph winds blew into town, knocking down many trees which took wires with them. My electricity was off for 7 hours; since the only clocks in my apartment are on electric machines and my watch was stopped, time had come to an end. At one point I decided to call to find out the time and discovered my telephone was out also. That stayed off 24 hours.
I read, played with the cat, napped, but I also was a little edgy. There were rented dvds I needed to watch and return, I wondered what was happening on the (dial-up) internet, and there was a lot of food in the freezer. Make no mistake, though I think civilization has ruined the human animal, I know I’m just as ruined as the next person. Although I used to enjoy reading Tom Brown’s books and know a few edible wild plants, I don’t live in a shelter I built myself and I don’t play hunter-gatherer on the weekends. I don’t have any delusion I’m going to survive the crash if it comes before I die, but I still think it needs to happen as soon as possible for the good of the human species as well as almost all the other ones.
One of my plans here is to include revised versions of some of the columns I wrote for a local newspaper. On the subject of the end times, here’s one written after the flooding of
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When the artificial and superficial safety net of our civilization was ripped aside, we saw that the rich, young, healthy, and white got out of town leaving the poor, old, sick, and black to die on their own. In that case of localized catastrophe, some help eventually came from other areas. When the entire system is collapsing nationwide, everyone will be busy trying to save themselves.
In a society where food and water come from packages in a store (and require oil, electricity, plumbing, and transportation systems), instead of from a local field and river, where those fields are paved over with parking lots and the river is polluted with industry byproducts, where people are trained to be specialists and cogs in the machine rather than individuals capable of controlling their own lives, it should come as no surprise that a large number of those people are going to die from learned helplessness.
One positive result of Katrina was the rising price of gasoline which should have been taxed highly enough to have been at current prices all along. Maybe some of that tax money might have found its way to the levee instead of
If we chose to be a culture of responsible adults rather than self-indulgent brats, we would end pointless consumption and pollution such as auto racing and all recreational use of SUVs, ATVs, snowmobiles, jet skis and other such toys. Instead disruptions in oil supply, whether from natural or manmade disasters will be used as an excuse to drill and spill in any area which might contain oil. This is an inevitable result of our culture’s current values and all environmentalists can do is try to slow it down. The only thing which will ultimately prevent that drilling is if the collapse comes first. Americans have made it clear they’d rather feel good about themselves for making a pound of donations afterward than make an ounce of sacrifice in advance.