Ibon wrote:WildRose wrote:Ibon wrote:
Does peak oil represent a catalyst to a new paradigm or a slow falling back to the historical norm of a much smaller elite and larger peasantry?
Whatever your answer to this question has a powerful impact on how you position yourself economically and psychologically in preparation of coming resource constraints. In either case frugality is a primary meme for a growing disenfranchised underclass. If we do this collectively it will represent a paradigm shift.If we do this preserving a powerful elite and growing impovershment of the middle class and serfs than the status quo will be preserved.
I find this compelling, Ibon. Could you please expand on this, especially the sentence I bolded?
Wild Rose, what I found so compelling 8 years ago when the peak oil light bulb went off in my head was that this would be a catalyst that would dissolve polarities, bring the global civilization together in some mega Sputnik moment that would enable us to collectively confront solutions to this great peril.
Today, for reasons I just outlined in my last post to AgentR11, I no longer believe this.
This is a depressingly sad realization, believe me. Being an inherent optimistic facing this truth has not been easy. It is not mentally healthy to contemplate the consequences of peak oil at the same time as you realize it will not move significantly the status quo which will only remain more entrenched.
For this reason you may find me increasingly absent from this site. I no longer find peak oil as a concept contributing very much toward any collective realization of our collective peril.
It is valuable to understand peak oil, become a realist around the need of frugality, and then for me atleast, drop it as a possibility of mobilizing humanity toward some paradigm shift.
Find your own niche of family friends and place and be grateful for the harmony and balance that this brings to your life. Do not make your mental well being dependent on seeing society as a whole waking up to the reality of peak oil. To do so will bring only anguish.
Thanks, Ibon, for sharing those thoughts.
I am an optimist by nature, and I guess over the years my way of dealing with all of this has been to be as proactive as I can, to think of the challenges I may be facing and how to best navigate them. I've believed the average Joe would be better off supporting the small businesses around him instead of growing Walmart, and learning to barter services with people in his own community, and to support local farmers with his dollars. Those actions would give more power to individual communities and make them less reliant on those at the top. But, if the average person's income is shrinking, will the Walmarts and Targets get even [i]more[i] of the little guy's dollars because they can draw him in for cheaper toilet paper? At some point, a lot of people will realize they can no longer afford the lifestyle they've grown used to, whether that's because of inflation or reduced income or job loss or some combination thereof, and maybe then they'll want to support their own communities in a big way? Or, will it be too late by then, because small businesses will have fallen by the wayside due to a shrinking economy? Or, conversely, could the big box stores be crippled by high fuel prices?
I'd like to think that by making our communities stronger, we could see a paradigm shift.