The enjoyment of power is fatal to the subtleties of life
Ruling classes degenerate
by reason of their lazy indulgence in obvious gratifications
Alfred North Whitehead
The people that need stirred up are the young,
educated un and/or underemployed and underpaid,
to make them begin to think of what they should,
instead of what they are, which seems not to be much.
And they got screwed by their parents and don’t realize it yet.
Roman Empire stuff, but it’s happening,
a lot quicker than I figured five years ago.
Anonymous, July 11, 2010
The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization'
Ralph Waldo Emerson
If ~20% of the world’s population
uses about 80% of global energy production
do most with less want more?
If credit and energy peak
does employment, globalization and peace?
The first panacea for a mismanaged nation is inflation of the currency
the second is war
What could happen when two countries
need to buy the same oil?
If mold continues to multiply after eating half a piece of cheese
what happens when demand exceeds supply?
If we’re the mold and Earth is the cheese
how many need and/or want how much
where is half way, who’s got what’s left, who gets cut off when
who will compete with who for what’s left
and how is who most likely to win?
Can mold collectively prevent the procreation
of a larger generation that can’t be fed by the remaining cheese?
Our lifetime may be the last that will be lived out
in a technological society
Are there correlations
between currency, debt, natural resources, peace and war?
Have the powerful created symbols for the powerless to destroy
to turn tyranny into nationalism?
What could happen if a generation of underemployed, underpaid
educated and indebted young adults
become disillusioned by their elders’ financial mismanagement
and seek to identify and punish those responsible?
What could happen if high school graduates
can’t afford or finance higher education
while indebted graduates can’t find jobs paying enough to cover bills?
Have the powerless created symbols for the powerful to destroy
to create dissent by turning apathy into perceived oppression?