(continued from Part I)
What can we do about it? The reality is that there is nothing that we can do easily about it. If we’re living in a city in high density housing, we sort of feel stuck trying to make enough money to pay the bills, and yes it does take a lot of courage to make the push out of that situation, but once you are out of it, it’s a much different, and better world. The majority of governments and institutions are encouraging and pressuring people to live in cities, either overtly or by nature of what’s going on. I encourage anyone that reads this to consider not living in cities. If all that we’re doing is earning money to pay for a higher level of living the lives that we do, then we’re simply in a rat race, a treadmill.
I saw myself at one point as a processor of money, because I had to work continuously to pay the high bills I had coming in. I was bringing on money on one hand, and paying it out with the other. Many people are in that situation – it’s the root of the world as we know and the root of everything that keeps us under control. The whole of modern societies is based on levels of control in essence, and a lot of it is financial control. We have to get out of that, as the future will not be like the past. We see a lot of changes coming on, with the fires and extreme heat waves. The average temperature in Australia on one day was 104 degrees, and if you think about 80 to 85 degrees being uncomfortably hot, at over 100 and being surrounded by fires, you can imagine how terribly hot that must actually feel.
The problems are not just heat, either, they are severe weather events increasing in frequency and intensity like the poor people getting hit by Hurricane Sandy and such – we are moving into that sort of a world. At the end of it, whether the severe weather was ultimately caused by humans or not, what difference does it make if you are surrounded by bush fires and somebody’s saying “We didn’t create this,” and someone else is saying “Yes we did.” It simply doesn’t matter that that point. The point is, we need to think about what we’re going to need to do for the future, and even if we are in our senior years, we need to think about the future of those younger than ourselves, and the for the people that aren’t even born yet. We have to think of future generations, who will have to deal with what we are not dealing with currently, largely speaking. It seems like that change is coming rather quickly. The financial models that we are all tethered to are starting to fail.
I have a fairly esoteric thought here: I think that the Mayan prophecy was not that the world would end, but rather that at the end of 2012 there would a significant set of changes set in motion. One of the key points in this is the US general election because there was no choice – both people are following the same path – a failing path. What makes it worse is that many other countries around the world are trying to follow the same path of great Industrialization and the consequent depletion of resources. I’ll finish this piece by saying that the greatest irony is what’s happening in Australia because they are on record the world’s worst polluters by head of population. They are responsible for polluting the most, mine very heavily, and are suffering very severe weather patterns like droughts, heat waves and fires. If I had some advice to anybody, particularly people who live in New Zealand since they tend to do this, is if you are thinking of going to Australia for work, don’t do it. Again, it’s this rat race treadmill that many of us are on and tend to want to stay on. When someone says, “But what can I do about it?” all I can reply is that it is a very individual question to answer and it has to be, because no government, no organizations and no institutions will do anything that puts their nice life and their fat wallets on the line. We have to do something about it as people, and there will be a lot more of that as these subjects gain more awareness and these blog pieces unfold. Thank you.