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Is this sunset . . . . . or sunrise?   The beginning of the end . . . . . or the end of the beginning?   It is what WE make it.

Anyone who took high school chemistry knows that the precipitate usually ends up on the bottom, so let's try to be part of the solution. A New Humanity or no humanity . . . . the only sure thing is that the status quo is completely unsustainable—   "HEY HEY, HO HO, THE STATUS QUO HAS GOTTA GO!!"   —   sing it LOUD and sing it LONG.

As the depletion of cheap energy, extreme weather events, worldwide financial chaos and other, unpredictable and unmanageable disruptions occur with inceasing frequency there will be a point at which the majority of people will finally accept that the industrial world we have known cannot continue to exist.

If, at this point carefully thought-out plans have been laid and individuals with true leadership skills have been identified, we could be well placed to effect a transition to a less frenzied, less stressful and higher quality society. If, on the other hand, such preparations have been neglected, the world will be looking at wars over resources, chaotic mass-migrations, wide spread starvation and other unimaginable catastrophes.

Delay will only exacerbate the problems and arguing about timing will not change the need for planning nor the nature or magnitude of the disruptions.

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At the end of your life, what will you want to remember? Will it be the cupboards full of clothes, or the cars you owned? All over North America, there's a quiet revolution taking place called "voluntary simplicity", which has people questioning what they're doing. By taking stock of their lives, re-organizing their priorities and spending less on stuff, they are producing fewer emissions (unless they spend their time flying to exotic places). In its place, they're discovering nature, art, their own local communities, and time for meaningful activity. In the big picture, they are trading matter for spirit. They're helping to change the world.  
—   Guy Dauncey, "Stormy Weather" - 2001
The five points of loss:
  1. Denial - Where most of the developed world is stuck at the moment.
  2. Anger - Often mis-directed at those who have reached acceptance.
  3. Bargaining - "If I plant a tree, is it OK to drive my Hummer"?
  4. Depression - "What's the point, I can't change anything, anyway."
  5. Acceptance - This is what we can all do as individuals. Talk to your family, talk to your friends, if they won't listen, find someone who will. Only when a majority of people understand and accept the problems will there be any chance of developing and implementing solutions. And time is short. Even if the peak of oil production is 20 years away, the planning and work required to build a resiliant society that will be able to cope with decline should have started years ago.
So, don't be like "See No Reality", "Hear No Reality" and "Speak No Reality" to the left. Politicians, business people and anyone else who just cannot bear to think, will be left behind as the rest of us begin to build A New Humanity.
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