I find I have some of the anger and disgust that I felt in the 1970s for our stupidity and blindness. The anger is more at the sense of helplessness. I am not depressed but I am sad. Part of the sadness is my own enmeshment in the assault.
War has always been a terrific pathway for learning and technological innovation.
In “The Fog of (Robot) War” by Barbara Ehrenreich.
“Last week, William Wan and Peter Finn of the Washington Post reported that at least 50 countries have now purchased or developed pilotless military drones. Recently, the Chinese had more than two dozen models in some stage of development on display at the Zhuhai Air Show, some of which they are evidently eager to sell to other countries. So three cheers for a thoroughly drone-ified world.” (http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175415/tomgram%3A_barbara_ehrenreich%2C_the_fog_of_%28robot%29_war/#more )
How wise to prepare our children for a career while we let them play video games. Gotta make ya proud.
Suggestions for energy and material savings are periodically posted in the media. These are very important. When I held classes on “simple living” in the mid 1970s I made this suggest. That for three or four days as you move through your world with each thing you touch consider the ideas below.
What is it made of?
Where did it come from?
How much energy did it take to make?
Could I make it myself?
Can I get it locally?
Do I need it?
In 1975, I did a nominal group process with the environmental quality council of St.Cloud, Minnesota. The group was mainly professors from the three local colleges. The process asked each person to write three things down in response to the question: “Knowing that fossil fuel energy will be depleted and the environment is under assault, what stops you from changing your life?” (the question is a guess at the question of so many years ago).
Then I put their answers on a blackboard. Answers were collated and a trend emerged. Without a doubt the prime response was ----- consensus. We are a herding animal. Our need to be socialized is our greatest power and our weakest link.
They say (the ubiquitous ‘they’) that it is not polite to talk about politics, religion or sex in polite society. They say (same ones) that if you can’t say something nice don’t say it at all. Well, there is no room for nice and there is no light at the end of the tunnel -unless it is a freight train coming our way.