Natural born survivors

Natural born survivors

  • Grow your own food? I wonder what percentage of the world population doesn’t happen to own their own homes.

One Response to “Natural born survivors”

  1. LRL’s Kick in the Posterior for Today:

    Survive as One or Die

    The answers to some of these survival questions ultimately depend on coming up with solutions to the “peak oil” meme. In my opinion, Peak Oil has replaced Nuclear Holocaust in our minds as the ultimate weapon for the destruction of mankind as we know it mindset. Not to minimize the problem, but now, more than ever, people need to be taking a close look at “stuff” in their lives derived from petroleum products, for starters. Plastic food is a secondary area to consider. Some five billion minds inhabit the Earth today, with a platform in which to speak — the blogosphere — the fear of non-locality should no longer be in the way of finding solutions to the question of “Can Man survive?”

    As groups, swarms of people always respond to emotions, it seems. Fear is paramount. Driving fear in the late 1950s and 1960s led people to build bomb-shelters, ripping up their backyards. In the late 1960s it was social revolt, etc. Through every decade in my lifetime, there has been this overriding fear of singularity, of “running out of what makes us what we are”. Yet, every single step of the way, each individual’s assent and support is what is solicited for fear to take it’s place as the director of their life. Fear of starvation, fear of going to hell. Fear of running out of oil. Fear of being nuked. Fear of being overcome by some foreign power that will speak a language other than English. Our newspapers run on sensationalism. Our TV and radio mediums are full of pundits, telling each person what and how to think. Always fences, which side are you on? Whom do you support? With the subtext: If you don’t give me the right answer, I won’t talk to you anymore. Locality. Plain and simple.

    We are indeed, the authors of our own nightmare. Every person, every group of people, every corporation, every company, every one of us. From this point forward: Use the power of your “dollar-ballot” (or whatever your legal tender is) to make a difference in the global environmental crisis as you see it in your area. Think non-locally. You are part of something huge, because you blend not only physically into the world, but into each other. How so? Read Guy Murchie, The Seven Mysteries of Life (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1978, p. 320): Each breath of air you inhale contains a quadrillion atoms that have been breathed by the rest of mankind within the past few weeks…

    Take some time to look at this latest Boogey Man “Peak Oil”. Know him. See if you can’t come up with ways to either live without him, or minimize his influence. We’ve all known the day of exhaustion of petrofuels was coming for a very long time. This is not a case of “oh, nobody sat me down and told me!” It is a case of, let’s get over the fear and work together to find a solution, in fact, many solutions, and quit pretending we’re all on different planets. There is only one world.

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