Understanding requires respectful communication.
Communication is continually interrupted by strong emotion.
There are so many emotional causes that people could get behind right now that the one cause that should unite everybody is overshadowed.
That one cause is to change how we live so we can react to the slow breakdown of life as we know it over the next few decades. It may not feel like it now, maybe it does, but we’re at the pinnacle of the roller-coaster track and we’ve just begun the way down.
Our way of life requires a buttload of energy and that energy isn’t going to be nearly as available as it is today.
We’re going to have to deal with a lot less than we’re expecting to. Systems we rely on now are going to stop working. This is so general it is hard to picture. Let me help that…
You turn on the tap. No water comes out. If water does come out it is full of chemicals and microbes that you have to remove first.
You turn on the lights. The lights don’t come on. If they do come on it will only be for periods of time.
You go to the store. It is closed because the gigantic corporation that operated it couldn’t afford to keep it open. They had to close because too many people in your area can no longer afford to shop there either because they lost their job or the goods were simply too expensive to profit from.
You turn on the heat and nothing happens. Even if the electricity worked to power the heater’s fan, it would blow freezing cold air because there are natural gas shortages.
You go to the ATM and after waiting in line for hours you’re only allowed to take out $100 each day. They’re restricting withdrawals because they don’t have enough capital to cover their other liabilities. People with large deposits are having their savings stolen to pay for bad bets that the banks made.
Everything on the list above is happening now somewhere. It is a thermodynamic certainty that it will happen almost everywhere in the next century or so.
There are effective responses to all of the issues above but they’ll be ignored and remain, for the most part, unimplemented.
The ones who have climbed the highest have the furthest to fall and should expect a very large jolt.
That is the main problem. The jolt is going to feel like failure and it will be depressing and oppressing and feel very unfair.
There will still be some people unaffected by the collapse and they’ll continue to believe that it is their deeds alone, instead of luck, that are keeping them on the right side of this thing.
They’re currently called the, “elites.”
The elites will blame the downtrodden for their own misfortunes and will be blamed by the downtrodden for the very same thing.
All of this tension and stress will be so distracting that we’ll forget to respond to this collapse correctly.
We’ll continue to believe that, if somebody would change something, things will go back to being OK or even continue their relentless trajectory towards, “better.”
That is a delusion and should be crucified.