(First written 3/1/07)
You can tell from this website that I spend a lot of time thinking about the future. How things might be for our grandchildren, for example. It seems abundantly clear that the direction humanity is heading, especially in the U.S., is a dead end street. It is obvious to me that population pressure, the end of the oil-based era, depletion of other resources, pollution and toxins, climate change, technological invention, violent conflict, economic make-believe, and social upheaval are all about to come together in a clanging culmination – bringing unimaginable changes to our way of life. If that doesn’t get us, then climate change surely will. Yet most people aren’t paying attention, aren’t aware of the global picture, and don’t want to think about it. Mindless materialism, infotainment, being bigger and better than the Joneses’, and thoughtless busyness diverts their focus to priorities other than saving our species from the self-imposed destruction it seems bent upon.
If it weren’t for the fact that an increasing number of respected writers are raising the same alarm, I’d feel that I was almost alone in holding this view. When oh when, dear public, will you wake up? The emperor is naked! This way of life is unsustainable! We are not entitled to anything!
It is by now too late to avert disaster so all we can do is try to prepare our dear ones for it. Look over the cliff and pick the rock you want to land on. Thank goodness I live in this time and place else I’d probably end up in a padded cell or burned at the stake. Of course, at other times and places I wouldn’t need to hold this view. Aw shucks.