Tuesday, June 24, 2008

That Dark, Oily Cloud Over Texas

Call me propagandized, but I am one of the few who is willing to pay 2, 3, or even 10 times as much for gasoline than what I'm currently paying now. I dont have a problem with it, because I know that civilization itself is threatened by artificially low fuel prices. There isnt enough for everybody right now, and just imagine what is going to be left for anyone who is growing up right now. I wish so much of it wasn't going to waste, because it is going to be missed it when it becomes out of reach for most people. Hell, it's already out of reach for most of the world's population. It is only a matter of time before most of America becomes like most of the world.

People in this country are being stripped of their humanity to the point where they dont even care about their own children's futures. For what? To go to a ball game or a concert? To drive to a fast food joint? Really, how much of what we do actually contributes to any meaningful economic growth? That's why Europe raised their fuel taxes a long time ago. They knew this was coming. (As any person with even a high school level education should have known.) A higher fuel price increases efficiencies - not just in our vehicles but in our culture too. Efficiencies in all systems are increased. And that is precisely what needs to happen. Somehow, America allowed itself to be dominated by the culture and presumed eternal affluence of "Texas Oil", as if that oil was going to be around forever. As texas oil started to fade, this cloud of denial just sort of rolled in to take its place.

That denial is a big part of what is stripping people of their humanity. We had the oil, and we wasted it. Just like we'd do with any winning lottery ticket. We'd make grand plans about how we're not going to waste it, and then we'd waste it. That's just how it goes I guess. You know how bad it can be for one person who knows they made a horrible mistake with their finances, and then tries to deny it until it destroys them to the point where they are many times worse off than being broke. Possibly even dead. Now imagine an entire culture with that ailment. Yes, cultures suffer and die too, and they dont die alone.

The most important thing to do now is to move on. To go on pretending we still have what we had could prove to be worse than never having had it at all.


Post a Comment

<< Home