A Few Other Thoughts On Our Future

We are already experiencing shortages of some food products, which was something I’ve tried to spread the warnings about. 2008 does not look any better. The alarm bells are ringing of a rising global food shortage and agricultural shortfalls. Poor and impoverished nations will be hit first and hardest (always the case).

A great article by the Christian Science Monitor, on Why The Era of Cheap Food is Over. As much as 30% of the U.S. grain crop will be poured in American gas tanks this coming year. This is unbelievable – but believe it, it is happening.

There is a growing body of evidence that a global famine is the planned execution for population reduction. Despite the well-proven science that biofuels are damaging to food prices and availability, destructive to the environment and creating starvation conditions, our illustrious leaders and corporate plantation owners are planning on keeping us slaves in line with the ultimate weapon – food.

A hungry man will do ANYTHING for food, including gleefully supporting the rising police state in exchange for his daily porridge. Or steal food stocks. I doubt if these thieves are hungry (yet), but that day too is coming. These thieves are probably doing it for the money, or a few steaks.

Expect desperate people in desperate times. We “ain’t seen ‘nothin yet”, not even close. Americans are fatted calves, soften and pampered, but well-armed and vicious when cornered (or threatened). We have already demonstrated our potential for terrorism in the infamous Guantanamo Bay and Abu Graib prisons. These are trial runs for what the world will be seeing a lot more of, as the desperate race to sequester critical resources begins in earnest.

Both Lonewolf and I are “really wondering” if our efforts here are worthwhile. The price I’ve paid has personally been absolutely enormous. Heralders of bad news are not popular people, with anyone. Let me make a stark reminder to those who are unhappy with what we’ve written: we don’t make the news.

Our task or talent or propensity or whatever you like to call it, is to connect the dots, as these news sources and reports pour forth and identify as best we can what it all means. It certainly means something, and frankly, it’s not that hard to figure out.

“Unsung blog” is right. We’ve been long hoping that our fellow bloggers and writers and even some of the talking heads and semi-famous or the wanna-be famous (plenty of them to go around) would start spreading this gospel, but hey, it aint’ happenin’ yet. Frankly, we don’t think it will happen either. The truth is rarely comfortable, but it’s still essential. I really can’t imagine living any other way. I still have hope, but not for the same things anymore. I learned a long time ago that hope requires my active participation.

My purpose for writing these words and this blog in its entirety, is to express what I believe to be true, what I have learned and why I think this is all important to all of you. Who I am is utterly irrelevant, because this blog and it’s message is not about me, or Lonewolf or anyone at all. It’s about YOU and your world and what is happening to YOUR WORLD. I live here too, and it’s a crying, broken-hearted shame what we’ve done to the place.

Our devolution has been underway for some time. I inherited it just like you did. I don’t want to keep it alive anymore because it is choking the life out of everything. I don’t need an “expert” scientist or researcher or analyst to tell me that. You don’t either. We are all in this together, but you wouldn’t think so by the way we act. We’re all too busy trying to kill each other and take advantage of each other and make a profit off each other. We’ll keep doing this right to the end too as we choke the life out of the last breathing mammal as we stand triumphantly upon our heap of glittering goods. I find this tragic, disgusting and revolting to be honest.

I once believed that life on this planet was something that needed to be discovered. Now I believe that we need to discover how to live (again). I really don’t expect many others to believe that, but they should. I also don’t expect much from other people, it helps a lot when I’m let down, which I often am.

I realize these are all words seem to be about me, but this is really about you. I don’t expect many of you to believe that, but it’s true. I have learned that life and living are about almost everything we don’t want to talk about. Sometimes I talk about that here, but I’m often ignored. Lonewolf has noticed this too, and he also wonders why.

I’m wondering if we’re all really missing the boat here. Do you want to know why? Because we can readily point out to the importance of “our message” and how even other important messages are really not quite as important as the one we’re trying to spread. Climate change and environmental crisis really has no equal. But while we’re debating this and discussing this and trying to make our plans and preparations about what we individually can do about all of this, we’re missing something really critical here, something really, really important.

Do you want to know what that is? We’re missing the young. I do not know of a single young person who is taking this information to heart. Well, one, Torjus in Norway is. He is the only “young person” I know that is forging ahead, knowing what collapse means and actively putting into practice the skills he will need to survive.

Everyone else is too busy, too tired, too distracted or just not interested. This is super-important because every single one of us alive today will soon be dead. It will be the young who will need to take hold of whatever we’ve done, whatever we’ve manage to teach them and to forge a path ahead to survive. And quite frankly, they’re not interested. Not as far as I can tell they’re not.

Do you know what this means? It’s means that all of our efforts and preparations and planning and stockpiling and everything we are doing is going to end with us.

Wow. That should make you stop dead in your tracks and ponder it’s meaning.

Here’s something else: since they’re not on board now, and learning how to survive, just what exactly, do you think they are going to do?

They’ll certainly not just lay down and die. No, they’ll take what they’ve learned in their military training and Xbox gaming and street smart surviving and they’ll go forth and take what they need to survive. From YOU. Which means we’re breeding a entire generation of ruthless, brutal and soulless children to be our inheritors of this blasted Earth.

Are you shuddering yet? I am. You should be.

It take decades of preparation time to learn how to survive. You can’t just toss a few seeds on the ground and expect to have enough to eat next harvest. Or wander off into the woods and bag all the protein you’re going to need when it’s already all been killed off. And the ones that will need it the most are the very youngest among us. The will need to shown how and where and even why. The rest of us will most likely be swept away as age, sickness, health, disease and violence take us out. The young will be inheriting this God awful mess we’re leaving behind. And right now, they’re just not too interested in prepping for the end of the world as they know it. Not even.

We should be schooling these kids right now, ensuring that they have the practical skills and first hand experience on how to take care of themselves. But as expected, our hallowed institutions are churning out more lawyers, accounts, programmers and legal secretaries. A fat lot of good that’s going to do them when they’re expected to put blisters on those soft hands, or working in the fields from sunup to sundown to ensure they’ve got enough to eat.

And the rest of us, well, we’re not getting through to our own kids, now are we?  ‘Cmon, some of you have told me this yourselves.  I know I’m not, and I know that many young people just really don’t give a damn.

Maybe it’s just me. Maybe I lie awake at night and wonder too much about these things. Maybe I shouldn’t worry about what I can’t control so much. Maybe I should just learn to relax and take it easy, it’s really not my problem anyway. Maybe…. maybe it’s late and I should finish this entire thing and just dump it in everyone’s lap and go to bed.

Goodnight then. Happy New Year.

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15 thoughts on “A Few Other Thoughts On Our Future

  • January 1, 2008 at 5:55 am
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    My husband’s grandparents apparently often used a phrase “Too soon old, too late smart”. It applies well to the entire human race.

    But perhaps part of this is tied into human biology. Could it be that our brains develop to the point where we are able to see darkness in the future only after a certain age? Not that the young can’t see problems, but it takes a certain different level/age to see that solutions are the cause of them, not the cure to them.

    Could that be why so many cultures had divisions like youth/adult/sage? Was it a functional division based on biological brain changes/abilities, not originally a way to control the group? I’d like to think so, I admit.

    But then I remember Hindu culture’s divisions. Student, ‘business person’ (I’m rephrasing), father, then monk. They raised the next generation, then gave up on humanity!

  • January 1, 2008 at 7:31 am
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    Kids are designed to not give a damn! The difference is they have the physicality to back up their recklessness. But that natural oblivion is a morale booster to the old. Hope is always in their eyes.

  • January 1, 2008 at 8:11 am
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    But at what age do they no longer have that ‘excuse’? Mine is 20. He’s an engineering student, plans to specialize in tidal hydropower … so he can surf, too. Sustainability, reduction in his own carbon footprint, generally living lighter on the earth are NOT part of his life.

  • January 1, 2008 at 8:31 am
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    Unless you do “dump it in everyone’s laps” they will never face the fact that it is their responsibility to see, think and act; in the back of their minds otherwise they will assume people like us will perform the sentry/town crier/thinker role for them.

    You deserve to enjoy your life as much as anyone does. Give this awesome responsibility back to those in denial, even though that may involve trusting people to figure it out for themselves.

    Personally, I will never give up on kids. I would have assumed a few years ago that my ninetendo, Xbox, WII son was lost to the material american dream. I have been amazed and simply stunned lately with how quickly and completely our basic beliefs have come to the surface in his thinking and life.

    These kids are fast folks, what has taken us years, they seem to be able to process mentally and emotionally overnight.

  • January 1, 2008 at 10:00 am
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    Happy New Year to ALL. I too have lamented the fact that no one listens. Young or old. They just don’t get it. Will NOT buy food just because I tell them what is coming. Telling me they are broke then spending hundreds on christmas garbage for their kids. I tell them to read this site and they don’t even do that. “Oh, I’ll do it later.”
    Since I am not a successful American I have no credibility. I have endured many years of redicule and even (misplaced) pity for being a poor participant in the American Dream. I own nothing but skills and a discerning mind.
    Admin, I fully understand your frustration. I decided that I can do absolutely nothing to get through to ANYONE. My own brother told me “Yes, this survivalism is a nice hobby, I like to dabble in in myself now and then.”
    It was eating me up inside. Being Tao and Zen I have gone to that place in the mind where I let it all go. So, in my mind I have said goodbye to EVERYONE. I have done all I can to warn them.
    I have concluded (perhaps erroneously) that my purpose is to help the survivors and teach the few young ones who do survive or the offspring of the survivors.
    Lately, and unfortunately I have lost interest in reading many of the things you write. I used to read each article and follow the links ad infinitum. I know what is coming and feel that I no longer need to disect every item. I am only looking for the trigger event. However; I did study with great interest the open thread regarding survival and the question of growing food without petroleum inputs.

  • January 1, 2008 at 10:35 am
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    Ain’t it a shame. I cant get anyone to take me seriously either. I have a friend that is in construction and helped build one of the concentration camps, and even he is in denial. So, I also gave up trying to convince and just keep moving ahead with my plans. I think what happened with our kids can be traced back to a 2 income way of life. No supervision at home. I know that is why I ran amok in my youth and prospected for some gangs. And when our kids can go and do drivebys and still sleep at night, sometimes it makes me wonder if the human race is worth saving at all.But then I see some of the miracles of life, and it makes me want to cry. It is so hard not to get depressed. Any way, happy new year everyone and if anybody has some ideas of boat survival in the pacific northwest, let me know.

  • January 1, 2008 at 11:20 am
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    WRT the linked article on NC drought, for those that don’t know, NC is one of the major producers of many vegetables and fruit crops. The largest producer in the Eastern US – or was. Crop failures there will generate another wave of prices increases from everything from asparagus and apples to watermelon and zucchini.

  • January 1, 2008 at 12:39 pm
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    In my classes, I show several films, including, “End of Suburbia” and “What a Way to Go: Life at the End of Empire.”

    After a day of discussion, they are depressed, no, hammered.I then ask them their majors. They tell me the standard fare, 40% engineers of some sort, 20% MBAs, 20% health care, the rest the “useless” liberal arts. As each one tells me their major, I tell them their chances. For any of the engineering types, I explain they have a cold, rocky place in my heart for they are the primary torch bearers for the paradigm. I tell them they will not have jobs in a world where building cheap crap in an energy rich environment no longer obtains. Unless they gear their thinking towards de-engineering the paradigm, they are lost. Sure, for a time, the engineers will strive mightily to slap techno-fix after techno-fix on the paradigm, hoping to hit the techno-fix lottery and be set for eternity. But that won’t last long. For the MBAs, I just laugh. I tell them they may have some organizational skills which may prove useful, but those will become less and less special as more and more people find themselves forced to make life or death decisions. Nothing like a life and death MBA degree. Used to be called the school of hard knocks.

    Then come the health care people. They are all beamish. Cause, as we all know, people will always need health care. I ask how many of them know anything about herbal medicine? How will they diagnose without MRIs and panels of tests?

    And, finally, I get to the beloved liberal arts people. They are trembling. I smile upon them. For those of you who are involved in playing a non-electrical instrument, creating pottery, drawing without the aid of a computer, or who are involved in live theater, you will be much appreciated, starving, but much appreciated.

    No, the people who will rule this planet will be those who can produce food, clothing, and shelter from nature, and who can defend those vital things.

    Then I tell them the advice I’ve given my own children (who think me quite insane), learn to forge battle axes from leaf springs.

    There is a cleansing coming. It will be authentically terrifying. If you should be of the book reading community, I cannot recommend highly enough, Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road.” It is not an exact parallel in how the end came, in fact, you are not really ever told. What is remarkable about this book is the emotional and psychological tone. I think we will be living within that range soon.

    Happy Solstice

    Merry Buddha

  • January 1, 2008 at 12:49 pm
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    Okay admin and lonewolf, too. I want to see every post of yours contain some example, however insignificant it may be, of your personal progress towards living in this post petroleum/collapse world that is coming straight towards us. I love all things doom and your entries fill my heart with a sense of confidence that I am at least semi prepared for the SHTF.

    We all know it’s going to hell in a handcart, most just don’t think they can do shit about it. Most will follow if they are led with confidence and competence, but just filter out screaming from the side lines. I’m not pollyanish to believe you can change a million minds, but some shared know how could do a lot of good for those of us who have heeded the call.

    I don’t write for shit, so I want to clarify that I’m not climbing up anyone’s ass here. I just want to see something constructive to have as a side dish to OMG!

    comrade

  • January 1, 2008 at 1:43 pm
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    for the children of The Greatest Insanity:

    http://www.wildwoodsurvival.com/survival/teaching/index.html
    http://www.wildwoodsurvival.com/survival/children/index.html

    and
    Wilderness Mind
    http://www.wildwoodsurvival.com/wildernessmind/index.html

    Wilderness Mind refers to the ancient philosophy and way of living in harmony with the Earth, of being part of it, being one with it. It’s an approach to life that sees humans as being one with the Earth, rather than separate and apart from (and better than) the Earth.

  • January 1, 2008 at 2:25 pm
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    Cherenkov – here, here!! Great post! I’d love to see the look on their faces after that. How about a pic? 🙂

    I’m real curious, are you getting through to any of them? Is anybody changing their minds and direction in life? Are they waking the hell up?

    Comrade – I “hear you”, but it probably won’t happen like you might think. Read the rules. Somethings should NOT be posted. I’m working my ass off, but I will never write about it. This would be sheer suicide.

    I’m not looking for any followers, and firmly dissuade those that try (and there have been more then a few). Do your own due diligence and mind your own house, my hands are already more then full.

    There are many disbelieving minds on how dangerous our surveillance society has become. I’m not one of them. We are the most dangerous people in America today, because we’re going to refuse to go to the gas-chambers with the rest of them. I’m afraid that writing about that just isn’t going to happen.

    However, I have been thinking about some things that can be shared, so I will take to heart your suggestion.

  • January 1, 2008 at 3:07 pm
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    I and my people are schizophrenic – trying to live in this insane, incorrigible world while at the same time steadily preparing on all levels to survive the coming one. It’s a lifestyle. Don’t you guys give up on us; we’re all going to need your contributions until the end.

  • January 1, 2008 at 3:43 pm
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    Your efforts are definitely worthwhile and if this blog disappeared that would be one less source of vital information (for those that are aware and listening).

    If there are those who are “not happy” with what you’ve written, they are a lost cause anyway. As for myself, I don’t consider my happiness, or lack thereof, when reading this blog. Information is information and I learn not only from admin, but from some of the posts.

    Regarding “discovering how to live again”, I interpret this as (re)discovering how the ancients lived. A good book for opening one’s mind a little is SECRET TEACHINGS OF PLANTS by Stephen Harrod Buhner. One group of people who probably come close to living as they did a thousand or more years ago is the Kogi, of the mountains of Colombia, who can communicate by telepathy and who revere the earth. They could teach us a lot but ordinarily shun contact with the outside world (with good reason).

    Yeah, the young are not interested. I keep looking, searching, scrutinizing every young person I know or meet, looking for clues of being interested in something besides self-entertainment, having fun, consuming, consuming, consuming, and more, but I see nothing. No ray of light.

    A few months ago I attended an alternate energy expo where dozens and dozens of booths were set up, talks given, demo’s presented, and lots of handouts were distributed. Most pertained to high-tech “solutions” and were very well attended, with lots of questions asked.
    Then there was one primitive skills demo attended by fewer than 7. This one showed making fire with sticks, and several other nifty skills, and afterwards my husband commented how the most important event of the entire day was the primitive skills demo. I agree of course, but it corroborates what everyone here is saying–nobody seems interested, young or old.
    Here’s wishing everyone a new year full of helpful information and insight into our future.

  • January 2, 2008 at 2:12 pm
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    Yes, it’s hard to get through to the kids. Yeah, I’ve got one of my own. No, he doesn’t fully “get it” yet. But he’s helped move the stores of stuff we will need. He’s ground wheat kernels into flour, then baked it into bread. He understands a tiny bit of it. That’s a start, considering my own late arrival into this particular lifestyle.

    I have to remind myself that I was like him once. I cared about video games, hanging out with my friends, and playing with my toys. Yep, I was twelve once, too. But I figure if I could eventually see what’s happening, then he can too.

    As his parent, I can REQUIRE him to do things that he needs to do to learn to survive. I can’t make him think, though–all I can do is lead the horse to water, so to speak. We will be gardening this year, so he will learn how much work and care plants require. He WILL have to learn what I have to teach him. Until he’s eighteen, he has no choice. Parenting isn’t really done by democracy, after all.

  • January 3, 2008 at 10:32 am
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    Some young people are listening; one of mine is, not that one out of five is great, but it’s a start. At 15 she can plan a garden & grow food, handle poultry (in all ways) prepare food & cook well, make cheese, preserve food, weave cloth and also designs & sews most of her own clothes on an old Singer treadle. Her younger sister cooks, makes clothes and also handles poultry, but shies away from the gory bits. Youngest son is fairly capable too, and gardens, mends stuff and chops wood, but he’s an academic; our school system is doing its best to knock any practicality out of him. The two girls have been homeschooled since I realised what “the system” had done to their two oldest brothers, but as long as people can pay (or at least feed) minstrels, those two will survive too. Only the one really gets it; the rest just say “whatever, mother…” and pat me on the head, but I’m doing my best to get the ideas & at least some practical skills into the others under the radar. We can’t stop schools educating kids to be good little roboconsumers but we don’t HAVE to send them to school…

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