What Will The Future Be Like?

Monday, May 07, 2007

"Bob, it's time to wake up and smell the future!"
-Larry the Cucumber in Larry's Wonderful World of Auto-Tainment

Today, I read a sobering and well-thought out projection of what our future will be like when the inevitable happens and our sources of petroleum run out. I highly recommend you take the time to read it yourself, but be warned--it's a bit lengthy. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for this one. Set them aside--write it in your calendar, if you have to. It's time for all of us to "wake up and smell the future"--and if it does play out as predicted in this article, there will be many good things, but many not-so-good things that it's best to be prepared for.

We Must Imagine a Future Without Cars (by James Howard Kunstler, taken from alternet.org): "Two years ago in my book The Long Emergency I wrote that our nation was sleepwalking into an era of unprecedented hardship and disorder -- largely due to the end of reliably cheap and abundant oil. We're still blindly following that path into a dangerous future, lost in dark raptures of infotainment, diverted by inane preoccupations with sex and celebrity, made frantic by incessant motoring.

"The coming age of energy scarcity will change everything about how we live in this country. It will ignite more desperate contests between nations for the remaining oil and natural gas around the world. It will alter the fundamental terms of industrial economies. It will ramify and amplify many of the problems presented by climate change. It will require us to behave differently. But we are not paying attention."

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4 comments

  1. So interesting...and one can't disagree that it seems we're heading in a bad direction. But, that being said, it's a sign of the times; a little bit scary but you know who's at the end of this tunnel..."I AM". Good thing there's a bit of time left to learn how survive and live. If we could just convince a few more...

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  2. I have enjoyed reading your post, and am now tagging you for a meme. See my post at http://ponderosapinings.blogspot.com/ for instructions. I can't wait to read about you!

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  3. Nadine - So true. Thanks for your comment.

    Dawn - Thank God that He is in control! However, one of His most basic principles is that "what you sow, so shall you reap." I've been meaning to do a whole post about that, but it will have to wait. My point is, He allows us to deal with the consequences of our actions--its His most basic form of discipline. And so our world shall have to deal with the consequences of ours. Like Morgan Freeman, in the role of God, said in Bruce Almighty, "No matter how dirty things get, you can always clean them up again." But it DOES take time. And that doesn't mean it's easy, either. The longer it takes to convince the people of the world of the mess we're making of it, the more time and energy (and probably lives) are going to be spent in cleaning it up again.

    Pinehurst - Nice to make your acquaintance. I shall get to your meme in a few days when I have the time. Feel free to stop by whenever you like!

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