WE DON’T NEED NO STINKING REALITY
“As societies become more complex they inevitably become more precarious and vulnerable. As they begin to break down, the terrified and confused population withdraws from reality, unable to acknowledge their fragility and impending collapse. The elites retreat into isolated compounds, whether at Versailles, the Forbidden City or modern palatial estates. They indulge in unchecked hedonism, the accumulation of wealth, and extravagant consumption. The suffering masses are repressed with greater and greater ferocity. Resources are depleted until they are exhausted. And then the hollowed out edifice collapses.”
Days Of Destruction Days Of Revolt by Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco.
Wow. Now that you put it that way, we really are all doomed. But seriously, I’ve rarely heard it put so well. The book quoted above is pretty darn good ( although, I’d say it was “library” good rather than “purchase” good ). It covers the American Indians drunken reservation residence, the ghetto residence of Camden New Jersey ( which evidently is the entire city as there is no reclamation parts ) dreary existence, the poor bastards in West Virginia trying to live somewhere that isn’t getting leveled into the coal mining maw, and the illegals held in virtual slavery in Florida farm labor camps. The book then finished up with covering the Occupy Wall Street movement but I skipped that part. Boil it all down, and despite any good intentions ( although boiling that down farther just uncovers the greedy grasping for free government money ) it ( the occupy movement ) is just good theatre on the way to Hell. To me, the book just highlighted the way the rest of us are going to be living very shortly. Although perhaps without the welfare handout parts since the economy is racing into the toilet faster than our civilization.
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I guess none of us should be surprised when the end is so clearly barreling down on us and yet no one moves to prepare to survive it. Most folks, when confronted with imminent destruction as the two superpowers threatened to blast each other into radioactive dust, merely planned on going as quick as possible ( “the unlucky ones survived” ). Living in a targeted city was just the ticket. You’d never know what hit you. Of course, people have no earthly idea what they hell they are talking about. Back then, perhaps they would get lucky. Or perhaps their city wasn’t on the first strike list, or the bomb malfunctioned and they got a faraway hit, lethal enough to kill them after weeks of suffering. Or perhaps you were left to starve as you were unbombed but the areas supplying you were. But as bad as any of that would have been, I’d wager things as they are regressing now will be far worse. Now you won’t get much of the population killed before they become a threat to you. But still, you can’t deny reality avoidance is the name of the game. We are all going to die from famine, pestilence and war, so I might as well eat, drink and be merry today.
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Of course, doing so will speed the collapse as we mine the last ores to make yet another luxury motor vehicle, use the last of the oil to make shrink wrap for yet another plastic novelty item such as a trout with a giant penis we hang on the wall, eat the last of the caviar from the last fish in the dying Russian river and in general party like it’s 1999. I can see most folks point. Why hang around for the “fun” part, like when we use rat pelt furs infested with vermin to scratch out another winter in our cave, the human feces pile in the corner tall enough to make a table base, our dwindling supple of tree bark making mostly unsatisfying meals, carrying around a sharpened rebar spear to defend ourselves from wolf packs? You thought that the human will to survive was strong? Look at reality. Even amongst survivalists the mad stampede to avoid reality is dangerous to the bystanders. We train in tactics that call for an unlimited supply of ammunition, live too close to cities to bribe the wife to stay around, think a six month supply of freeze dried food is enough to live through the collapse of civilization and in general think the luxurious Oil Age need never end.
I would stipulate that the avoidance of reality is indeed a survival trait. Look at old people that just will themselves to die ( say, after the spouse dies ). I think that overcrowded societies running out of resources form a collective reality avoidance that in the end ensures the survival of a stronger emerging, smaller replacement. Most people die off without much of a fight as they never planned to survive past the collapse. So, in effect, a smaller group of much stronger willed folks with superior mental strength must fight a lot less people to survive the whole ordeal. It gives the genetic material that is superior a better change of forming the nucleus of the new society. We collectively suicide and leave a better pool of survivors. And the behavior of the rich? Just as suicidal. This ensures that it will take more generations for the next parasitic class to emerge. It is like revolts against the kings. Purge the bloodline of all those sickly, inbred, mental and medical deficient folks and start out fresh.
The only thing a larger pool of survivalist means is greater profits for the writers and purveyors of gadgets. Don’t try to actively recruit TOO many new survivalists. They might be a threat after the collapse, as the resource base will be drastically reduced and unable to support but a fraction. If someone is naturally predisposed to suicide come collapse, they are not natural stock for the new society. Let them pass gently into the night.
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