A Crisis is a Terrible Thing to Waste
October 4 cover of The Economist
I'm not alone with my inner apocolypt anymore-- I have company. One of my respected elders told me today that she felt the economic collapse was imprinting the same trauma in her mind as President Kennedy's assisination.
For me, I keep seeing the scene from Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Rings where Stryder (Aragorn) drags Frodo up the stairs of the Prancing Pony and tosses him on the floor in front of the fireplace.
"Are you scared?" Stryder demands
"Yes" says Frodo
"Not nearly enough-- I know what hunts you."
I want to say bluntly.... This is where my dream meets my nightmare. Most of my life I dreamed of farming. But our move to the farm last year was also part of my survival plan for when the collapse came. Hope for the best- prepare for the worst.
So you can see how I am both living out my dream and my nightmare at the same time. Dream and nightmare look the same-- food self sufficiency, a close and supportive community, energy independence. Living the dream is self actualization, living the nightmare is survival.
This is no time to panic.
I find that the advantage of always being alert for signs of the collapse makes me calmer when times get rough. I've rehearsed this in mind, studied it even. Now is the time to think clearly. We need to get to work on the basics and fundamentals. By that I mean real work, real products, new paradigms.
This is the time to rethink how we are living and what we need to sustain our society and resources we depend upon. In that sense:
A crisis is a terrible thing to waste.