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The only thing is to vote Bush out of office and get public pressure organized for a WWII-like effort to turn our societies around to follow the path to sustainability.
Also, I do think if we would be starting to turn around, like, now, we might actually make a difference to the steepness of the societal decline.
It's perfectly possible to lose knowledge, civilisations do collapse and things are forgotten. Think of Stone Henge in the UK or the Great Pyramids? The skills and knowledge that build them and certainly the reasoning behind their purpose was lost. In the last few hundred years we've rediscover the lost knowledge and guessed at the reasoning behind them but that doesn't change the fact that there have been periods in history where we've lost what we once knew.Grond wrote:But you can't undo what's been done in the past 100 years. Nobody is ever going to forget how to split subatomic particles because there is an energy shortage. Penicillin will still be manufactured. Life will go on.
I even saw one poster say something like 'and the windmills will require spare parts; all of these things will be irreplaceable'. Yeah? And since when is it that just because the electricity goes out for a while that the human collective conciousness loses the memory of how to machine parts? Will the loss of electricity also render all the libraries in the world obsolete? Will the loss of electricity cause hospitals to spontaneously turn to dust?
Grond wrote:Okay it takes longer and the pieces aren't as precise as before. Maybe going back and rethinking the indutrialized world will be the greatest leap forward since the age of Enlightenment.
But you can't undo what's been done in the past 100 years. Nobody is ever going to forget how to split subatomic particles because there is an energy shortage. Penicillin will still be manufactured. Life will go on.
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