7444Re: [carfree_cities] Is the oil dependence problem on the radar?
- Jun 19, 2004Ken wrote:
> > Simon Baddeley said:To which Simon responded:
> > "To some it's like being on the Titanic"
> > It definately seems that way to me. I really doubt there's a way to change
> > course or to reverse the engines. I think a better plan is to make ready the
> > lifeboats and prepare to abandon ship.
On Sat, 19 Jun 2004, Simon Baddeley wrote:
> Trouble with the Titanic metaphor is that although it was risky there was at
> least a place to bale out to. Barring planetary colonisation there's nowhere
> else for us - sinners and saints alike - to go.
> We all hang together or we all hang separately.
I think Ken means that the prospects for altering the course of
mainstream culture seem remote, and that those of us who clearly
see the looming iceberg can most usefully focus our energies, at this
late date, on strategies for survival and rescue.
Sadly, I think Ken is correct. It appears very unlikely that
global techno-industrial society will even recognize that destruction
is around the corner in time to take corrective action, let alone
actually implement such action. The only chance, I think, is for the
relatively alert and enlightened among us to work to establish and
support as many pockets and corners of sustainable culture as
As Ken Said earlier, each of these projects is likely to be different
from the others, and that's a very good thing -- it's how evolution
Here an Illichville, there an Arcosanti, over there an implementation
of the Reference Design... We need to try it all.
As for hanging together, I'm afraid that hanging with the dominant
culture means that we will all *choke* together -- in our own wastes.
"Trees cause more pollution than automobiles do."
-Ronald Wilson Reagan, 1981
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