Okay, not really.
So I've been reading this book by Jared Diamond called Collapse, How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed:
I didn't know much about the author when I first picked it up at the library; you can read about him here.
I'm only about a third of the way through but it's been a good read so far.
What caught my attention at first was his theories about the disappearance of the civilizations of Easter Island and of the Maya of Central America.
I'm not going to go all ecological on you, the reader, for the theories have been around for some time and you can take from them what you will.
What is different here is that he also talks about societies that have faced similar problems yet found a way to rebound and flourish.
Of course the subjects he gets into relate to the big picture. I mean we all live on what is basically an island floating around in the middle of the universe so there are certain topics there that implicate all of us.
Us people on Earth I mean.
Since I also live on an island, it has given me much to think about.
I know most of you who reside on the bigger islands on the planet don't think about things like resources and stuff, but here, all it takes is the mention of a shipping strike and toilet paper and Spam start flying off the shelves.
Living here, and becoming accustomed to having the basic necessities of everyday life is sort of taken for granted.
I mean we go to the store to get what we need and all is fine.
What happens if that is no longer norm.
What happens if suddenly there are the have and the have nots?
What would it take for the infrastructure here to collapse?
I'm sort of looking forward to anarchy.
Okay, I'm not going to get into all that so let's just say that there is a fragility here that we live with but don't really think about.
So anyways, if you are interested in this kind of stuff, check this book out.
It hasn't been an eye opener, but what it has done is to bring things closer to my attention.
We'll see in the later chapters if there is any hope for us.
I'm almost done.
I'll let you know.