THREE PHASES CIVILIZATION COLLAPSE
PODA-Dark Ages Can Be Fun
One almost wonders if The Inquisition or The Crusades was really necessary or if it was just a lot of folks getting pretty bored and trying to create drama to amuse themselves ( okay, that was the middle ages and not the dark ages, the dark ages being the lost period after Rome fell, but we only really know about the later period ). Dark Ages might start out with famine and pestilence and constant warfare, and that is good from a system carrying capacity view, but once you hit rock bottom the only direction is up. You cleanse the excess population ( and I don’t mean that from a Powers That Be standpoint where they plan on extinction to keep the remaining resources themselves- as they are surely are now as we speak and if you don’t think so you are naïve, but rather from the standpoint of species survival ) and shuffle the deck of power around a bit and it is mostly peaches and cream from there. I mean, once The Cleansing is done, it is just settling down to raise the kids and grandkids and the occasional skirmish to keep your skills sharp and in general enjoying life when its NOT a crap sandwich. Life can be fun after a collapse. Some folks enjoy jockeying for power, generalship with the highest stakes. Most of us, those quite content to raise the kids and enjoy a cup of coffee and the newspaper in the morning ( in other words, the little pleasures in life. No one is claiming trees will be wasted on newspapers anymore ), can eagerly await life returning to the new normal.
There will always be idiots out there not content until they use your life as a chess piece in a glorious geopolitical game. No age will see the end of that. BUT. In a more decentralized existence there will be fewer of them. When you hide in the shadows to collect and exercise power, a small village is not the place to stay ignored. A vast nation state is more to their liking, those demonic malcontents. Small is more beautiful in politics a well as economics. Not only will nobility make better decisions because of intimate local conditional awareness, economics takes on a far less sinister aspect. When you are known by all customers, and barter is the norm, there is less cheating or other tomfoolery. The idiots are soon weeded out, between personal justice being meted out, shunning by others whose products the thieves need and the local law not inclined to coddle the unworthy. Lawlessness confines itself to unpopulated areas such as forests and highways or larger cities. There will always be criminals, but none under the grey areas of the law such as today ( such as corporate shoddiness and dangerous products or activities ). You might be robbed, but not repeatedly or systematically. Even taxes are fairer in the dark ages. Paying in crops might be problematic long term ( the government skims the profits and sets aside for times of lean- and sometimes they miscalculate badly ), but it beats today’s system of being reliant on money. It takes less in tools and knowledge to feed oneself in an agricultural system than one where the rich hold the purse strings. You will always be screwed as a poor person under any system, but some have more opportunity to kill you than others. Under a system 100% reliant on land rather than money, the poor are the means of production ( in other words, when the king himself is unable to plow a field the peasants are usually allowed to do so ).
Under a return to cities and a banker economy, even one ultimately reliant on crops, we see a return to today’s inequities. You’ll have sharecroppers being cheated, urban poor starving, etc. Before we once again return to an energy surplus enabling that, we will have stalled under a decentralized local economy butt simple in its organization. The return to a 90+% farmer existence. When there are no chances of working towards obscene power or wealth, contrary to how you live now and have been given to expect, when one is born into ones station, there isn’t a lot of disappointment with life. You don’t waste a lot of time or energy in mourning lost opportunities. I’ve known guys who won’t have any relationships because they can’t attract a mate who is on par with a Playboy Bunny. They only want the best or nothing at all ( and not surprisingly, they don’t tend to stay employed all that much either. They evidently think only the top of the pyramid is worthy of their efforts ). These kinds of false hopes and silly aspirations are a byproduct of today’s fantasy of equality. In the end, it leads to unfulfilled lives. You won’t have this kind of emptiness in the coming dark age.
A life of no hopes and no choices suck. But most systems throughout history encouraged extended and stable families, and few of us wish for much more. Not everyone thinks unlimited shopping and meaningless careers are all that great. Sometimes simple but meaningful labor and a happy family are a better barometer of a life well lived. A return to simplicity ( again, obviously, AFTER the collapse and die-off and return to stability ) can be its own reward. The future doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom. It can have a light at the end of the tunnel, a return to normal instead of an existence like a kindergarten for the rich- spoiled rotten children fighting over a toy not because they need it but because they want it. Life today is too much an empty fight over baubles and toys, plastic women fighting over the mate with the most money, men fighting over the trophy wife best suited for impressing the other peacocks in the pack. Hoarding credit chits to see who won in the end in a race to the bottom. Everyone wants to be the Vanderbilt’s, and no one is happy they are not.
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