Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Absorbed in the Present, Ignoring the Future

When was the last time you heard the word “sustainability” uttered? The general concern, the world over these days, is debt and growth. It’s as if the only thing important to the first world in the current crisis is getting back on the conspicuous consumption curve. Meanwhile, the big threat, the one that will require a major adjustment in the way we live,  is creeping up on us: PEAK OIL.

Many pundits have pointed out how a 50% increase in the price of oil has affected commodity prices and aggravated the current financial crisis. This is nothing compared to what we will face when oil doubles or triples, and it will. It’s just a matter of time.

Instead of going into even greater debt to sustain an unsustainable lifestyle, why aren’t we considering what’s really necessary to be to be happy with less and planning for the time when this change will be forced upon us. Over-consuming isn’t necessary to live a worthwhile, rewarding life. And, it’s downright unhealthy. Two recent movies have brought this message home in a major way: King Corn and Blind Spot. Watch these two and decide whether you still want to stay on treadmill we’ve been on for a couple hundred years. What has it really gotten us? And, in any event, it’s coming to an end over this century, so why not use the current crisis to change our ways and plan for our grandchildren’s future?

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