Richard Larson said...
Actually, life is far more interesting learning to use less of these energy sources, than sitting around on one's fat rump in full use of this power. Just think how fat those rumps would get if there was free electricity!John Michael Greer answered:
Strikes me the believers of progress as being locked into a concept that will never be realized. And the harder the attempt to realize this concept (cheap abundant electricity forever) the quicker this pursuit will end.
Reminds me of a story I recently heard about the settlers working their way into the US interior back in the day. They cut down thousand year old trees that was already providing a multi-dimensional bounty of the perfect food source. Free for the picking, with little labor involved. Then replaced these trees with a single-plane food source that required huge effort to plant/grow/harvest. And used up the built-up fertile soil in less than a decade to boot!
But the concept of corn as the perfect food source was much stronger than the observation of chestnuts lying on the ground waiting to be picked up.
Fits this weblog observation methinks.
Richard, no argument. The biggest taboo of industrial society is that all these trinkets and toys and mechanical gimmicks that are supposed to make us happy and fulfilled and oh so superior to everyone who lived in the benighted past...don't. They don't do what they're supposed to do, and only the psychology of previous investment makes us keep on trying to convince ourselves that we couldn't scrap the lot of them and go do something more fulfilling with our time.