Friday, August 15, 2014
The First United Church of Decline or FUC'D for short
I had some visitors this afternoon that showed up just as I was bottling up some honey. I have noticed of late that visitors are becoming a much more frequent occurrence around here than they used to be. It seems everyday another fine young Man appears wasting away out here unsure what his next move should be. Let go from this closed down business or downsized from another. Hours cut and feeling left out in the cold.
It's very sad to see and growing more frequent as time goes by.
I think they stop by not for advice, not that I would ever be so arrogant as to think I can give advice on how to survive the Multi-Cultural mess that has become America when you are not a member of the "protected" people. Hell, by most accounts I failed to make good in that world myself how could I give them advice? No what they really want is hope that it isn't going to always be this way. Of that I have plenty to go around.
Something that is not sustainable will eventually break down.
But how? They ask.
"It's very simple my young Padwan" I say
In the FUCD church we call all young novice and new converts Padwan you see.
"We are already using more resources to pull the evil black liquid of Male destruction out of the ground than we get in return my Brothers. It is only a matter of time now".
They look at me in confusion and sometimes in fear at the thought of a world without four wheelers and flashy trucks. I sympathize with them I really do but little do they understand the social gains they stand to inherit will far out weigh the loss of cheap thrills.
"My Brothers" I say. "I will explain this to you once again and I will use small words for Tommy" (Tommy was a Marine but we don't hold that against him). "How much are you paying for a gallon of gas?"
"$3.29 a gallon" They say.
"No! Young-lings (They don't like to be called young-lings so I use it sparingly) You are paying far more than that. The oil companies are using your money to frack this new oil out of the ground whether you pay them directly or not. The government burrows while the FED prints. Together they subsidize the oil companies and loan em cash at 0% interest rates while they decrease the value of the dollars you have in your pocket. The only way these oil companies can afford to pull that oil from the ground is if you and I foot part of the bill and then buy the finished product to boot."
"The dollar is nothing more than a claim to labor or resources. Your labor and mine my brothers. When they devalue it by printing and loan it with no interest, in fact we are the ones being robbed and without that little bit of thievery that tight oil cannot be pulled from the ground at a marketable price".
"The slight margins those companies are making" I continue "Cannot maintain them, if you look at their bottom line they are hemorrhaging cash like it's no tomorrow"
"We are parasites killing the host and it cannot continue".
I can see the wheels turning in some of their eyes. Some of them see how a world without oil can actually be advantageous, especially to younger men. Some will never believe, I know. Some will scream it ain't gonna happen no matter what, but it is happening. The resource wars began a few years ago and the future belongs to those who are prepared.
No I don't pass around a donation tray either but I do encourage all the followers of FUCD to visit Our Finite World and read the writings of Gail Tverberg who can explain this loss of resources much better than I ever could.
It's going to be a bumpy ride.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!