I have been busy of late with new bunnies (both does had their litters), final plantings in the garden and in some cases, watching the weather behave very strangely. There has been a LOT of rain, a surprising amount, which in this corner of the globe is pretty unusual to have so much right now.
It’s my guess of course that this is related to global climate shift, which continues to accelerate around the world. The garden likes all the rain and is doing well, but this does pose question on how plant life in other parts of the world is handling the climate change.
It’s also got me wondering on the long range future for any given area. Climate change can cause great havoc, making some areas virtually unlivable. The winters might be devestatingly dry – or in some cases, horribly cold. Economically speaking, climate change will have a significant impact upon the regional economy. I can easily envisions millions of people relocating to more tolerable areas as a result.
What will just five more years climate change bring? 10? 20? Will your region be habitable? The long range forecast is not good and very difficult to predict with any accuracy at all. They’re seeking a category 6 designation for hurricanes. Many people are planning for a mobile future in the face of such uncertainties, which isn’t a bad idea, but it may not be very practical or applicable in the end. The energy crisis is leading the way towards massive disruptions of civilization, even before climate change takes full effect. This is really a double whammy for the human race. Moving requires massive amounts of energy (and money), both at serious risk. How much of an option will moving really be when gasoline is $10 a gallon?
There are of course, several other major factors now taking place, including bird flu. Human deaths continue to increase, human-to-human transmission is now solidly confirmed and pandemic fears continue to escalate. Nuclear war saber rattling continues to be espoused by the White House as a solution and our politicians still fail to do their damned jobs. And the global economy is tanking. In other words, its business as usual as we edge ever closer to the abyss.
I prefer my rabbits and my chickens. They don’t give me any trouble at all. And I’m really looking forward to this year’s bountiful harvest from the garden. These things are the only “certainties” that are worthy of my immediate attention. Such activities remain at least marginally under my control and efforts, while global concerns do not.
As I continue to study and document the ongoing collapse of civilization, I am reminded of the important things in life. The stuff that matters is right outside my door. That’s the kind of stuff I can do something about. The other stuff that also matters that I’m nearly powerless to effect is farther away, supposedly entrusted to paid professionals to resolve. Since their either incapable or incompetent or simply unwilling to resolve them, I’m pretty pessimistic that they’ll get fixed. I know I can’t fix it either, having neither the influence or the means, so of course, it’s pretty much a given it will stay broken and only get worse.
This lack of effective and efficient paradigm change, particularily with our paid servants speaks volumes of what the future will bring. In essence, the future will be more of the past, only faster, worse and more widespread. Examine any field of human endeavor (and failure) and chart its course over time and you easily see that time increases the complexity which increases problems which increases the potential for failure and finally, collapse.
This is actually natural entropy that can be applied to all systems, which is why reverting to simple, sustainable and what is common sense makes so damned much sense these days. It’s not a popular path and receives no recognition or rewards, but it is the best path I can think of. I’m going to stick to it.