Friday, May 23, 2008

Community and perspective

While the peak oil issue has been weighing heavily on my mind, things are not all doom and gloom. Peak oil also presents opportunities. As the world that we know rapidly disappears, we have an opportunity to create stronger communities - return to a more tribal way of life. Community gardens will become an important part of our daily lives. Many more of us are going to need to be personally involved in growing and preserving food. Thinking and working collectively will be important in the first stages of a post hydrocarbon world.

There is no way around the fact that many people will not make the transition. Unrest resulting from hunger and deprivation could last a very long time. One preparation that we can make involves moving into a close physical proximity to those we love. Gather your tribe. Plan for multiple home heating methods. Learn about water purification. Grow your own food. Enjoy what will doubtlessly be considered the last years of the golden age of western civilization.

2 comments:

Renegade Eye said...

I'm waiting for the November oil report.

I'm not sure if tribal life is positive, in a prerevolutionary society.

Very good blog.

Proletarian Librarian said...

I understand where you are coming from Renegade Eye but prerevolutionary or not may not be a distinction that we have the luxury of selecting. We may simply be choosing life over chaos. I see you as a comrade, yet can only wonder if anarchy is the best that we have time to hope for. Even the Wall Street Journal recently acknowledged that Peak Oil is an issue that we will soon be forced to deal with.

I believe that the November oil report will be sobering, and that the November oil reality could easily be much worse than reported. If the revolution is coming - tell everyone that right exactly now would be a good time.