Some Self-Deprication, And Then Some Considerable Thoughts
In my usual fashion, I’m just now finding the time to write some thoughts about something I found weeks ago. In similar usual fashion, I’m commenting and playing cheer leader to someone else’s more articulate (and obviously superior) writing. If its any indication of how poor a writer I see myself, its that I just had to use a thesaurus to find the word “superior”, which is the appropriate synonym for “better” in comparing the following writer’s work to my own.
Jim Kunstler is one of my favorite writers, both for his allusory style and his clarity of vision. I’ve also very recently picked up a novel of his, World Made By Hand, though I have yet to read it.
In one of his recent articles he’s discussed in detail, the nature of technological advancement and societies with particular insight into the realities of limited natural resources and the foolishness of culture-wide ignorance, spearheaded by governmental initiatives, and its forecastable effects on vitalities such as food supplies and public stability. Please read on:
[Techno-grandiosity and techno-triumphalism] jointly amount to the great mass psychosis of our time and culture. This array of traps — from proposed flying cars to “renewable” motor fuels — is the ultimate Faustian “bargain.” It will be at the heart of any campaign to sustain the unsustainable, sucking us ever more deeply into the diminishing returns of over-investments in complexity. Hence, the last thing this nation needs now is a stimulus plan aimed at the development of non-gasoline-powered automobiles — married with extensive rehabilitation of the highway system. What I incessantly refer to as the Happy Motoring fiesta is drawing to a close as we have known it, whether we like it or not.
The “change” we face in agriculture dwarfs even the death throes of Happy Motoring (and is not unrelated to it either). A lot of people are likely to starve in America if we don’t get our act together pronto in terms of how we produce the food we eat.
[P]etro-agriculture’s chief external input is credit. Credit may be in extremely short supply this year, and hence crops may be in short supply as we turn the corner into spring and summer. Just as in the case of WalMart versus Main Street, the reform of farming in America is one of those “changes” much larger than most of us imagine.
In a world of declining capital and depleting energy resources, the key to any successful venture will be smaller scale.
Our hopes really ought to be vested locally, since that is where the most effective action is likely to be in the years just ahead.
Many Americans of good will also stand ready to face reality, to roll up our sleeves, ditch the video games and the Nascar and the microwaved cheese treats, and the internet porn and all the other noxious, narcolepsy-inducing distractions of our time, and put our shoulders to the wheel to haul this nation into a plausible future.
Excerpts from the article Hope and Fear.
I often would have plenty to say on the tragic characteristics of humanity but at the moment I’m feeling rather speechless on the topic. So I will bid you adieux for now. Grace and peace.