What To Do. The Climate Crisis, Economic Crises, A Pandemic, and The General Breakdown of Society.
None of these are your fault, except to a degree because… you used to be a consumer. But now you consider moving to a simpler life — in another country perhaps. Or you downsize your consumption by buying a tiny house.
Really, develop an attitude. It was capitalism and the moneyed and powerful people who created all these problems, while confusing us regular people with misinformation, disinformation, and mandates of many kinds. Cut yourself some slack — they had billions to spend on their campaigns against you.
If you did nothing more than move into a tiny house, that would be more than enough. It’s all you can really do — it’s a positive move away from consumption and into a more peaceful and simple life. You’ll have shelter, and so your main concern will be procuring food. And maybe, at times, fighting with building codes and inspectors who hate these little hippie houses.
A truly wonderful attribute of these homes is that if someone gives you too much grief for your new existence, your tiny house can easily be jacked up and moved to a different location. Or if the climate gets too harsh where you are. Moving is not a big deal. I’ve moved entire office buildings in my construction career.
Even CNN is saying good things about tiny houses:
A fair warning. You might not want to downsize and have to give up all your stuff. The warning is that it’s inflation that’s creating the biggest problem — it leads to a lack of demand:
“Does that mean that supply chains aren’t snarled? Sure they are — but it’s not because they can’t keep up with demand. It’s for a very different reason — the polar opposite. A lack of supply.”
… Umair Haque.
It’s Not a Supply Chain Crisis — It’s a Failing Economy
The Age of Consumption is Over — And Now We’re Heading for the Greatest Collapse in Economic History
What Haque is saying, in his complex economist’s way, is that we’ve used up the resources of Earth — because of the pandemic and climate disruptions the world can no longer create the surplus goods that you may be used to getting. There will be no cure for these problems: the economy is collapsing — just like society appears to be collapsing.
It’s not quite the end of the world yet. Well, it has been for some people, but in general you might have a few years before it gets dangerously bad out there. The U.S. might be the first big country to collapse, and it’ll drag the world down with it. When in full swing, there will be thousands, millions of deaths. Sorry to say. From various causes.
So be aware, don’t tell yourself none of this applies to you. It applies. It will do you no good to be an ostrich.
… Fred Ermlich, November 27, 2021, 3:01 pm.