It is likely more a function of what I have been reading lately, or the watching of the hysterical series, ‘Doomsday Preppers’ (what a bunch of loons!)….or, maybe, it is just the continued aggravation with Trump/Trudeau and their points of view…maybe it is just me getting old…I dunno…but……
More and more I am beginning to think we are in the midst of the first stages of a very quiet revolution of sorts….it’s more a feeling than much else….
Clearly, Capitalism isn’t working anymore. People ARE NOT happy with more ‘stuff’ from Walmart, bigger houses, more expense….the rat race isn’t paying off – not at the personal level. NOT for the majority. NOT for most people. Even the .01%’ers are not worth envying anymore. Who wants to live and be like Trump?
Modern consumerism just isn’t working either…..and that doesn’t bode well for the future, that’s for sure. It not only does not make us happy, it is polluting and killing off the planet. Consumerism is unsustainable. Consumerism creates too much waste.
Survival of the fittest does not mean that the most aggressive and mean-spirited thrive. Ferocious predators need something gentler to eat. The strong and the weak are co-dependent. Survival of the fittest is a term that applies to those who endure – whether they killed others and the planet trying to get there or whether they just found a better way. I suspect that the ‘fittest’ will be those who just found a better way than the dog-eat-dog way so promoted in this, the first and ‘modern’ world.
This, the modern world isn’t working either. The ‘phone’ addiction, the ‘internet of things’, self-driving cars, planes that fly themselves into the ground, GMO foods, oceans of plastic. Drug addicted citizens. Cops shooting citizens. This modernity-thing isn’t making us happy. Or safe. It may be better in many ways but fun and happiness are not much present. In fact, most of what passes for happiness is purposeful unconsciousness. Escapism. It’s a form of madness to continue to pursue it as we are, actually.
I know I have said all this before in different ways but it is starting to gel for me. I am seeing what I want to see, maybe, but I am seeing more and more resistance to the way of things. And I am seeing the way of things come under more and more assault.
Jody Wilson-Raybould deviated a little bit…..
Sal and I never went OTG to be ‘preppers’. We had a vague sense of the ‘system collapsing’, I guess. A sense of pending doom but ‘way, way off in the future.’ Probably after we had passed on….something our kids and their kids might have to face. We SHOULD do and DID do something about it for them (vote Green, build here, recycle..blah, blah, blah) but I honestly did NOT think ‘the end of the world as we know it’ (TEOTWAWKI) would come to pass in my lifetime.
Now? I am not so sure…..
The pace of ‘doom-on-a-cracker’ is accelerating. Canada (of all countries!) is heating up climate-wise at twice the rate of the rest of the world and our far North is heating up even faster. I don’t care what Trump and his ilk are saying, the climate is changing.
And (prime indicator) the economy is confused. There is not a lot of confidence being expressed in the system or the systems.
People are also increasingly agitated. Some are revolting. Some are fleeing. Governments are losing their ‘control’ because the people voluntarily gave control to them but only in exchange for ‘the general good and security’ and that is currently perceived by everyone (Trumpists and anti-Trumpists) as sadly wanting.
I think we are engaged in a transition…a major contextual shift…a subtle revolution of some kind. Something is happening here and we don’t know what it is….
….anyway…..that is partly why I haven’t been writing. I have been pretty busy doing chores and I will write more ‘happy’ stuff soon…but…in the meantime, I am inferentially scanning (unconsciously being aware of trends, indicators, tastes, fashions, news, movements and then, after a while, consciously trying to see a pattern) and then drawing inferences, observations, weak conclusions…..
NOT to be taken too seriously.