I started this blog in September, 2008 because I was terrified of what Sarah Palin represented. For quite awhile, I struggled to put into words what I stood for, politically. I studied conservatism, liberalism, and a lot of other “isms” and have come to the conclusion that I am none of the above. I am also convinced that none of it matters any longer. It is an illusion to think that participating in the political process in this country is anything more than a huge waste of precious time. Mankind, as a species, faces enormous dangers in the decades to come and the time has come to take matters into each of our own hands and find a solution. The political system in this country is broken and there is no reason to think that politicians will present any solutions to our problems. Look at what is happening in Egypt – the population of that country took to the streets because they were tired of being screwed by their political class. That time will come in this country, too, unless something drastic changes in Washington. I don’t expect that to happen, though. Politicians in this country are mere puppets of the corporations that are destroying the web of life on this planet. I refuse to have anything more to do with any of them. Every one of them is an apologist for the status quo, a thief, and a crook.
I have known of the Transition Town movement for well over two years now and I’m also familiar with what the people in the Peak Oil movement have to say. However, I haven’t had the courage to really study and think about the implications of the facts presented by either movement. Until now. I am tired and beyond weary of the bickering and finger-pointing that has taken place in this country for the last four or five years. I voted for change in 2006, 2008, and 2010 and have gotten none. It is time to start making changes at a personal level and to ignore the mindless chattering that takes place on a daily basis in this country. I won’t be posting much in the future, because I don’t have much to say about the insanity that is unfolding all around us. The only thing that I will say at this time is that the insanity is directly related to everything that Richard Heinberg has to say in this video. We “baby boomers” have lived through the best times in history and the future is not going to be nearly as bright. It is time to get to work and to start making the changes in our lives so that our great-grandchildren will have a planet to live on.
Turn off your televisions, people, and get to work. And watch this video – it is a very reasoned and thoughtful presentation of the quandry that we find ourselves in, as a species. Richard Heinberg is no Chicken Little – his presentation is very straight forward and logically presented. It is unsettling and provokes the intense desire to deny everything that he says. But denial will get us nowhere. Get to work. The video is almost 26 minutes long, so make some time to watch it and think about it.