i just got back from a lunch meeting with a customer of mine. see, this guy's brilliant, and a bit of a doomsday-er. the problem i'm having at the moment is that i can't find fault with any of his points.
the picture he's painting, particularly regarding the rapidly diminishing global oil supply/production, climate changes, etc, is that it is already too late even if we were to make all possible/necessary drastic changes immediately. the example i've used in the past is that it's like we're chasing a train, which holds immortality onboard (the train is the future, ie space exploration and mining, settling other worlds, limitless resources available out there, etc etc...), but we've already hit our top sprinting speed. we're slightly gaining on the train, but it's accelerating away, and very shortly we're going to run out of energy and start slowing down while the train will continue to accelerate away. game over.
so come on, peeps, chime in with counter arguments if you have any that you can substantiate. tell me there are mega discoveries on the immediate horizon that will revolutionize, revitalize, and reinvigorate our currently cancerous and viral capitalist dream.
tell me we're not going to get in our giant off road 12 cylinder 600 horsepower society and keep driving it down a meaningless road until the fucker's out of gas.
whoever figured that stagnation of the population (at over 30 fucking million people) in canada was a problem that MUST be addressed? i always figured there are too many people for the planet to sustain as it is, but it is completely accepted reasoning that we must continue to grow, increase our markets, sell more stuff, and buy bigger things. in other words, unless more happy consumers are born and we can sell twice the number of plasma screen cell phone/microwave oven combos next year as we did this year, we're doomed!
oh, and on a truly unrelated note, i hope my bestest bud Ffej is having a great time in cuba. more to the point, i hope he remembers enough of his trip to cuba to tell me some stories when he gets back. i wish i could have been there. i can only imagine the shenanigans and hijinks! oh, what a ruckus they must be causing.