Here’s a great article that sums up the future in ways that will make you think. Feels Like I’m Dying… Read this first, it’s worth it. Now for my commentary…
What’s missing is the pain of transition to literally force society to make this ‘peasant journey’. I don’t think this should be underestimated or glossed over, which I don’t think the author did (you can’t put everything into a single article).
Huge numbers of modern world dwellers don’t want to make the transition. That evidence abounds everywhere as global consumption continues to rise, so no need to really go into that.
Transition, a.k.a. “die-off” when you really get down to it’s actual cause and effects, will involve huge ‘sacrifices’ and loss.
The sacrifice is simply this – our way of life is over and we will now have to actually do for ourselves what has long been done by our energy slaves (machines). This will be quite hard and very difficult for the majority of people because of points I’ve brought out before.
We have no real survival skills, we have little to none training and almost no real practical experience. Those that actually do have these things are usually elderly and have little time left. I’m just speaking realistically, so nobody get upset. Right now, we’re failing to utilize these human assets, which is rather unfortunate. They could teach us a lot.
Learning to do entirely for ourselves, is simply not in the cards for huge numbers of people. Also missing is the desire, the will power, the mental and emotional and physical capacity and the sense of being ‘cheated’ from a cornucopian future. Those that fall into this category, and I suspect it is a very large percentage, will be part of the coming die-off. A few will make the transition as their circumstances force their survival upon them and they lucky or not, manage to cope somehow.
Our loss however, will actually be much harder to cope with then our sacrifices. Loss will be much more then human life. Loss is also a way of life. We’re going to lose much more then a lot of humans (and I’m not making light of this, just trying to focus on the other aspects). We’re going to lose our democracy, our living standards, our peace and safety, our educational systems, our medicine, our science, and our technology, essentially all human ‘achievements’ as we fall back into a dark age.
For those that survive this transition period, it will be harder to accept then the human loss, which is going to become very, very ‘mainstream’ and part of life for a generation or more to come. We’re all going to get very comfortable with death.
Consider the fact how large loss of life right now is simply ignored by those that live in comfort, especially here in America. What is more important to such people? The television, Budweiser or their SUV? Take those things away and there will be a huge public outcry. But don’t trouble us with Bosnia, Chechnya, Afghanistan or Iraq. Famine in Uganda? So what? We’re comfortable and to millions upon millions, it is all that matters.
Death abroad is meaningless. Death at home still manages to touch us, but not for long. As the death rate increases, we’re going to get very used to this for several reasons. Our conscience is going to totally seared with a hot iron due to events going on, and we’re going to be so busy trying to survive that it’s just not going to really matter anymore. It’s going to be ‘all out us’ and our survival. Harsh, but true. This is exactly what happens in a collapse.
What’s really going to be hard to lose is our civilization, and all that it means. Personally, I fully expect civilization to completely collapse as it turns against itself. In many, many ways it already has at it devours the foundations of all life on earth. It never seems to dawn on the cornucopians that it is the fault of modern civilization that has caused these problems in the first place. Losing it then, is a double-edged sword and will cut both ways. We’re going to lose, but eventually, we may actually gain a better world. Maybe.
I’m still preaching that a diminishing world is in everyone’s future. It cannot be helped, it can only be dealt with, bit by bit. Eventually, if climate change doesn’t wipe us all out, we’ll regain some of these things back, and they will probably be better grounded and rooted in sustainable and reasonable methodologies. Maybe. There are certainly no guarantees of anything these days. But this hope is pretty far off into the future in reality. Certainly way past my time and yours.
I can easily envision a ‘new civilization’ that is very unlike what we have now. But really, it’s not up to me or you on whether or not that civilization will ever become a reality. Our job as it were, is to learn first and foremost how to survive this civilizations collapse. And to teach our children where we made our mistakes (and how to survive). It will be up to the future generations to decide what works for them and how they want to live.
Our other job, the one that nobody seems to want to talk about, is how we need to stop robbing the future so that we can live like kings in the present. I’ve long said that our grandchildren are going to really despise us for our shortsightedness and insatiable greed. I think this is already a foregone conclusion. It’s already too late to change that.
But some of us can start now, working on our family lineage and teaching our progeny what it means to live lightly, reasonably and sustainably on the earth. Perhaps these future family generations will come to appreciate our ‘early decisions’ and foresight and willingness to accept both loss and sacrifice. But if we do hope to hand anything down to our future generations, we’re going to have to start planning it now before they are completely robbed of everything, including life itself.