The unmentionable…mentioned

This isn’t a peak oil blog by any means;  there are plenty of those out there in the blogosphere.

But peak oil is my reason for being here, with a food-growing blog. An attempt to help people anywhere and everywhere to grow their own food; to build self-sufficiency and resilience in the face of the coming change, into their lives.

So……with interest, I read this post from Craig Mackintosh at the Permaculture Research Institute.

At the end he makes this very pertinent comment:

“The first thing you can do to secure your own future is to share this information.”

Oh, yeah, right! And what do you do when you try to do that and meet a brick wall of ignorance? What do you do when you get abused, vilified and shot down in flames? You keep your mouth shut and get on with the job of securing your own future in your own way.

And that doesn’t include mentioning the words “peak oil” to anyone.  Ever.

Angry? Yes, I am.

4 Responses to “The unmentionable…mentioned”

  1. simply.belinda Says:

    I am not going to disagree with you.. it’s really tough to try and communicate with people about something that is going to change their very concept of normal. As a general rule we like our luxurious little ruts where we are cushioned from the realities and responsibilities of anything more than paying the bills.

    When you are surrounded by that level of ignorance you are correct there is no option but to change track and explain the things about your lifestyle that give you joy rather than delve into the nitty gritty of why. Do we need to communicate and start the reskilling process to support a lower energy future? Sure do.. Are we going to get anywhere scaring people with the realities of the problems we are facing when they have no skills to support them in moving forward positively? Not so much

    There is a part of me that truly believes that what we need now is bloody good storytellers. The job of these storytellers is to vision an authentic resonant path into the future that supports people in taking control by becoming responsible, competent people who can turn their hand to whatever is required. Once people are confident in their ability to cope with challenges they will probably then be ready to see the challenges when they present themselves.

    Kind Regards
    Belinda

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    • foodnstuff Says:

      Hi Belinda,

      It sure is tough, especially when you know you’re only trying to help and especially when they discount what you’re saying without even bothering to check the facts you gave them. That’s what I find so aggravating. The subject of global oil production peaking and what energy decline might mean for industrial civilization is easy enough to Google, after all.

      I think the storytellers will be needed when people finally accept the reality and need a vision of where we might go from here on.

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  2. Craig Mackintosh Says:

    Oh, yeah, right! And what do you do when you try to do that and meet a brick wall of ignorance? What do you do when you get abused, vilified and shot down in flames? You keep your mouth shut and get on with the job of securing your own future in your own way.

    I understand your pain, but I have to disagree. Do get on with the job of securing your own future, but don’t stop telling people along the way. One day they’ll either thank you for the warning (whether they took it or not), or they’ll hate you for not telling them.

    And the key thing to keep in mind, is that you cannot secure your own future if everyone else sticks to BAU. We need the majority to get on board asap, or our little individual efforts, noble and needed though they may be, will not add up to much in the grand scheme of things. Social upheavel will roll right over whatever little oasis you manage to create.

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    • foodnstuff Says:

      Hi Craig,

      I hear what you’re saying, but it seems that (with some people anyway), they’ll hate you for not telling them and they’ll hate you for telling them what they didn’t want to know and being right!

      I can feel happy with my own efforts: it’s the social upheaval bit that really frightens me. Getting people to understand the urgency of the situation is frustrating when they tell you they’ll get around to growing some food one day; it’s “just that at present we have more important things to do”. Aaarrrgh!

      Thanks for your posts to the PRI site, BTW.

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