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Mar 25, 2009

The End of the Industrial Age

The Long Descent

A User's Guide to the End of the Industrial Age
By John Michael Greer

Americans are expressing deep concern about US dependence on petroleum, rising energy prices and the threat of climate change. Unlike the energy crisis of the 1970s, however, there is a lurking fear that, now, the times are different and the crisis may not easily be resolved.

The Long Descent examines the basis of such fear through three core themes:

  • Industrial society is following the same well-worn path that has led other civilizations into decline, a path involving a much slower and more complex transformation than the sudden catastrophes imagined by so many social critics today.
  • The roots of the crisis lie in the cultural stories that shape the way we understand the world. Since problems cannot be solved with the same thinking that created them, these ways of thinking need to be replaced with others better suited to the needs of our time.
  • It is too late for massive programs for top-down change; the change must come from individuals.

Hope exists in actions that range from taking up a handicraft or adopting an "obsolete" technology, through planting an organic vegetable garden, taking charge of your own health care or spirituality, and building community.


At 5:07 AM , Blogger JerseyCynic said...

Good Morning Indi


Did you ever read Bageant's piece last month? -- Skinny Dipping in Reality/A coot's account of the great hippy LSD enlightenment search party

Is he -- THE MAN -- or what!

Talk to you soon -- been so busy with the musical production at our school these past few months

At 5:47 AM , Blogger Indigobusiness said...

Thanks JC, nice to hear from you.

Yeah, Bageant has a way about him. I read the first part of this and immediately thought how much healthier our society would be if this sort of humor and honesty characterized our social dialog as the cosmos tries to grow us up.

At 7:40 AM , Blogger Parents said...

Indi - you also have a superb way of putting things!

I just love how Bageant can express what's happening around us. It's almost like he's a cynic without being cynical. I really like that about him.

At 9:06 AM , Blogger Indigobusiness said...

Thanks. Is that you, JC?

I'm going to post that dog dream clip. Too funny!

At 7:38 AM , Blogger Parents said...

OH CRAP!! I forgot to change users on that comment.
When I saw you had posted it, I just assumed you saw it over at blondesense. When I saw you also linked to NHS Music Express I thought -- WOW -- how did Indi find his way over there. Now I see how you found it...

Yes, "Parent" is me. I started this music blog for the kids at the beginning of the school year in hopes of getting them off of their face books, Instant Messaging, etc... and get them to start blogging with their parents. As you can see, I've been talking to myself for months!!

OH I CAN SOOOO RELATE TOO! As a matter of fact, I just had to throw away ANOTHER fitted bed sheet because of the huge rip in the sheet where my feet are supposed to be resting during the wee hours.

"RUN FORREST - RUN!!!" I think I must clock in at over 100mph some nights!!


(I see I'm still posting as parents -- gotta go change that now. )

At 10:24 AM , Blogger Indigobusiness said...

Good on ya. Very cool.


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