I've been watching The Years Of Living Dangerously and am finding it overall to be a fairly insightful bunch of documentaries. Just asking the questions we'd all like to not think about and showing what happens when people are in crisis. Given that the result of any kind of basic resource shortage appears to be all-out war amoung the people concerned, it's got me asking, are the preppers nutters, or actually just preparing for the inevitable? I used to write such people off as crazy-as, and dismiss the notion that life will be markedly different to how it is now.
If these documentaries are to be believed we've passed the point of no return. We've pushed the planet beyond it's ability to repair and stabilise itself and even if we all intervened tomorrow and replanted forests, stopped emissions etc, we are still looking at living the effects of excess carbon in the atmosphere. The fix is generations in the making, not something we will discover next week. Given that none of these things are likely to happen in the next decade let alone any sooner I'm beginning to think that we seriously could be looking at living through extreme stress beyond our governments ability to hold their shit together. That could happen in my lifetime.
Some parts of the planet are already under this kind of stress and its very ugly indeed. The first thing to fall apart is rational thinking and co-operation towards a solution. Humans tend to marginalise those affected and ignore problems which incites those who are affected to violent action. Before you know it, you have a destabilised society that cant stop fighting each other long enough to find a solution or put together a survival plan.
In my country this is already happening over something as comparatively trivial as the cost of a house. We haven't even reached crisis point and people are already smelling blood with in-fighting and blame. It makes me feel rather hopeless about a future where more than that is on the line, if we immediately turn to hatred and anger.
Thoughts on the subject?