January 26, 2008

Peak Oil = Bleak Future?

Adding to my little dark cloud, I've been following this article from Thursday's Salon. Like much on this site, it's not just the original piece, it's the string of letters that trail after it that add much food for thought. Set aside some time, and read them. It's a great topic.

How is the world going to end? What have we done to ourselves? Now is the time for me to find myself some seniors to hang out with, because they've seen the cycles of doom over the arc of a lifetime. But it's also the current bunch inhabiting the planet that comprise the most selfish in all of history - hence the blackishness of the lights out.

I'm pretty much an optimist. More of a realist, if you prefer to split hairs, but I believe you can create much of your own success, and you are responsible for most of your own failure. I prefer information over ignorance, and I firmly believe there are only one or two areas of my life where my head is planted up by butt - and neither of them stop me from raising my children, earning a living and contributing to my community.

My parents raised us to be prepared for anything; living through a war or a depression will do that to you. I don't think my parents could even have conceived of where we're no doubt heading, and I see the strain in my kids as they come to recognize issues that will profoundly affect them. Their world will not be our world. They know it, though the adults around them seem oblivious to that fact.

Anyhoo, enough drivel. Read the link. Give it a think, as my mother would have said. It'll put you back on your heels, if nothing else.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sigh, another column from someone who questions the meaning of life before breakfast. I wonder if anyone ever told Carey that people have been moaning about how "it'll never be as good as it was when they were young," for generations.If you noticed, Peak Oil was just a tiny bit of his blurb. The teaser line if you will. His daughter will do just fine if he keeps his morbid head trips to himself.

January 26, 2008 1:49 PM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

Nah, I disagree. Not to get all Nietzsche (or Horton Hears a Who) on anyone, but I think it's valid.

And yes, peak oil is the catch phrase, but much current concern is stemming from it, whether you're a politician, a environmentalist, a high schooler or a grandparent. I never, ever heard my mother wishing to go back to having bombs dropping all around her as a teenager in London. Good times? Not so much.

As I said, I like some of the letters. I like the mix of 'we're doomed' and 'we're okay'. If you're bored by the topic or not, it's a still a human one, and I love the discourse that flowed from someone's struggle for balance.

January 26, 2008 2:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd say the poor professor is bound up in Dionysian angst. You can go view life two ways, as an Appolonian or a Dionysian. Both see chaos and random events, but how they react to it defines their character and outcome. Some are drawn to darkness, others aren't.The replies from his readers are the best part...if he really feels that way about life, Carey should find some way to cope with it. It isn't a dress rehearsal.You, thankfully, are able to see things optimistically. Odd that you chose to post this right after Heath Ledger's passing, no?

January 26, 2008 6:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah, so what is being said and always will be, "you are in control of your destiny, life can be good or bad, depending how you look at it. Other than that, you have on control.

January 26, 2008 8:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, I didn't say you have control of your destiny. Events happen and the only control you have are in the choices you make in response to events. You don't control the events.Have you ever purposely attempted to change the outcome of a pattern of events? Tried delaying a route on your walk with random stops or detours to change the outcome? Were you happy and did you notice a difference? The only way you'd know otherwise is if someone left the same time as you and took the path as you normally do. It's the old "I cannot experience your experience dilemma." The events are the same, its what you do with them that changes.

January 27, 2008 10:29 PM  

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