Sometimes, cultural dissonance disrupts the flow of information and technology. Many of the people who are “seers”, “contraries” or “shamen” are disallowed their power to speak to essential social and cultural issues that are presenting certain hindrance to our evolution. Darwin had things mostly right, but since the advent of the industrial age, survival of the luckiest is the ruling quality associated with speciation or extinction. The time is now to realize that the only way to be in your right mind is to be completely out of your head. Random, passionate acts have cascades of fallout that jump time as it were, even today there are tribes and nations that hold animosity to their neighbors in the world.
When we act as if there is no future, I call it end times philosophy or Armageddonism, it is utterly disabling physically, mentally, emotionally, socially, culturally, psychically and spiritually. Of course, millenarian beliefs have popped up like mushrooms since the beginning of time, but the end never really comes. We need to work diligently to make every effort to guard against further degradation of the planet for the health of the generations that will surely follow us. Making mistakes is human, that is true, but believing in our inability to do anything about the hell we have created here on Earth, or worse yet believing that things must get far worse before they get better handicaps us and our fellow humans deeply.
The reason that I continue to make strides toward sustainability is not because it was the choice that I wanted to make, one that was expedient but the one I had to. There was an exaggerated faith in the value of homes years ago when I was flush with cash. Cash flow, not cash ownership was the watchword ten years ago. My wife and I rehabbed several homes and increased their value by over 50% by buying low, doing all the work ourselves and making each place the kind of place we would want to live in.
This put us at cultural dissonance with pothers who were flipping houses back then. We would not get the cheapest of everything and plaster over defects, but rather we would enhance the efficiency and passive solar available over the rest of the years that those houses will stand. No one invests in the future? We did. Sadly, when the bubble burst it took all of our equity in just a few short months. We continue to conservatively invest in energy saving appliances and efficiency upgrades, just at a much lower level. Reaching out across the ages can be as little as planting a tree or not flushing the toilet to save water during a beer party. The potential to do more with less needs to be at the forefront of everyone’s minds. Blast the Rethuglicans in The U.S. of A. for stealing the term conservative, their sort of conservative is use it all up and we will buy more when we need it.