Event Horizon

by: Heather on 07/22/2008
Posted in: Collapse

For those of you who haven't already seen it, check out this post from James Howard Kunstler's excellent blog Clusterfuck Nation. Here's a brief quote to whet your appetite:

"There's a particular moment known to all Baby Boomers when Wile E. Coyote, in a rapture of over-reaching, has run past the edge of the mesa and, still licking his chops and rubbing his front paws in anticipation of fricasseed roadrunner, discovers that he is suspended in thin air by nothing more than momentum. Grin becomes chagrin. He turns a nauseating shade of green, and drops, whistling, back to earth thousands of feet below, with a distant, dismal, barely audible thud at the end of his journey. We are Wile E. Coyote Nation."

Read the rest of the post here.

This post sums up a great deal of the unease that I've been feeling of late - that sense that so many people will just not stop fiddling while Rome crackles and burns. The Wile. E. Coyote image is the perfect metaphor for a TV nation.

And yet, I also maintain a sense of hope. Hope that we can make the transition to a more localized, self-sufficient lifestyle and economy. Hope that somehow we will reverse our fossil fuel dependence *before* climate change causes the sea levels to rise so far that the oceans swallow the coastline. Hope that a growing awareness of all things green is not "the new black" but a permanent adjustment in our attitudes as individuals and as a society. Hope that the world that my children inherit will not be a bleak wasteland.

I'm sustained in my hope by many of our wonderful authors such as:

Reading their work helps me see the opportunity that comes with change rather than just the catastrophe of collapse. They offer a necessary perspective in grim times.

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