The punctuation, the oscillations are all around us.Ibon wrote:Duende wrote: I believe the opposite: I think most people know damn well that something bad is happening. And most of those know why it's happening. The interesting thing is that no one wants to acknowledge that it's happening at all. And for good reason. Let's cut to the chase: talking about resource depletion or climate change in polite company is the equivalent of farting audibly in church during service. Therefore, the 800 lb. gorilla sits in the corner while dialogue dares not stray from safe, trivial, and banal topics centered around reality television, your latest vacation, or how the pro football team did last night..
I agree completely. This is one reason why this supposed denial will morph into awareness overnight like a mushroom after a rainstorm once severe enough consequences make this no longer a topic to avoid or ignore. This is one of the main reasons I expect to see cultural adaptation happen in a punctuated fashion as apposed to a slow tooth pulling denial.
Folks are willfully ignorant, forcing denial, stressed and turning to the virtual truth of TV and internet advertising. But there will be no more booms, we can't all write money-making apps, and the green energy revolution has sputtered. Folks look everywhere for salvation instead of facing the truth; fiat money, growth-oriented debt-based capitalist system that is inherently incapable of dealing with the real truth; declining energy, resources and wealth. Hence they are caught off guard, surprised by current events and scared they run with mobs in big sweeping pointless swoops and dives. Computer boom/crash, internet boom/crash, real-estate boom/crash, financial boom/crash. And now the crazy tea-bagger boom. They are unable to face the truth as adults, in a meditative collaborative democratic process. Just finger pointing. The oscillations rip apart this country. The punctuation has begun.