I’ve known 2GreenEnergy reader Joe for several years now, and he’s never ceased to amaze me with his insights as a political philosopher and social critic. We hadn’t corresponded for a while, but he wrote me after having bought my book on its launch day — something for which I was quite grateful, as to whatever degree, the incremental purchase heightened the overall status of 2GreenEnergy and all we’re trying to do here.
Craig: Thanks, Joe. Glad you’re still reading my stuff. I admire you.
Joe: Maybe I should be writing books instead of self-destructing as a farmer/engineer. Enjoy the weather.
Craig: Ha! We’ll, anyone with a mind like yours should most certainly be using it in every way possible. The world needs you.
Joe: That’s kinda the rub, Craig: the ‘world’ doesn’t WANT me to save it. The world just wants to not be inconvenienced. I can make things more convenient, but that’s not what the world actually needs. The human being evolved in a very inconvenient world, but its imagination has placed everyone into a world they do not live in physically. Most of humanity is hallucinating about what is important, real or useful.
The rest just spend their days in utter and total amazement that these animals could learn to speak and not forget to breathe. The world needs to just be a lot less of what it already is: Consumers. …but you go ahead and keep that cheery attitude. It makes me smile.
Craig: Yes, we’ve been manipulated into becoming ueber-consumers. Smart people have long-since figured out how to do that, and with ever-increasing precision. In the years immediately after World War II, this created an economic boom from which a great portion of our society benefited. But now, it’s threatening to destroy us, as we’ve been led to think it’s fine to consume obscene amounts of energy, that exists with ever-increasing costs.
What did you think of my pieces on “living large?” I’m wondering if we can’t somehow popularize the idea that using huge amounts of energy (230,000 calories per capita per day in the West, more than 50 times what we did 100 years ago) isn’t cool, because it’s killing all of us — both those of us here now and the as- yet-unborn.
I don’t hold out too much optimism, and you, apparently, even less. But without hope, where are we?
Joe: As Derrick Jensen points out, “Hope is what got the Jews to get on the trains to Auschwitz. Those who fought back in the ghettos had a better survival rate than those who ‘went along’.”