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did you guys play a game as kids where you'd all boogie around, and on teacher's command would all have to 'freeze', stop in mid movement?

i have the same feelings these days, like a giant teacher is about to give the command.

like this whole oil era, nasty brutish and short as it is, and more specifically what it has meant for motility, is the equivalent of most of the human race whizzed in a blender, culturally speaking.

among the many ills it has benighted us with, i count this as a blessing, as although it has also uprooted and decimated much tradition and wisdom, it has also allowed us to see and feel just how differently centenary cultures have evolved, what they have in common, and what they don't.

this has been a dodgy but effective antidote to the poisons of stagnation that have accumulated as by-products of millennia of limited circulation, and has detoxed many petty and parochial mindsets.

it seems we are probably destined to be content with a digital equivalent in the future, if we're lucky enough to keep global communication going, (costs a lot less to fly electrons around than people), and to return to living with our roots actually in (what's left of) the earth, instead of stretching them to snapping point and beyond, on our mission-to-know through the badlands of hubris.

fine with me, though certainly cheap travel was a thrill, the reality is that it only seemed cheap.

and i'd rather see healthy children where i am, rather than go and stare at them abroad, especially when doing so imperils their future.

we really need to get consciously creative regarding our future food supply, really getting italian here, lol! cuz while we eat such a huge majority of foods that we won't have around PO, we don't want to go back to regular famines, etc...

and while you can't eat oil, you can't eat electricity either, we run (mostly) out of one, we may create access to much of the latter, if we get smarter faster...

electric tractors, an idea whose time has come...

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sat Oct 27th, 2007 at 11:54:04 PM EST

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