I believe industrial civilization has to be dismantled. Not an easy thing to say to be honest. I think I have understood this for quite some time, heck, I have even written about it before on this blog. But it is not really easy to fully embrace and come to terms with this and I don’t think I in the past, even if I understood the issues of civilization, fully took to heart what it really means.
For me and most other human beings alive right now it means to cut off the very thing that keeps us alive. It’s just the way it is. It is a life made possible because communities–living breathing communities–outside of the industrial one we are born and raised in are turned from living into dead commodities. It is as simple and honestly as one can put it.
I simply don’t find that okey. I believe this way of life are founded on violence, vicious violence. Cold blooded violence. Most often male violence. Yes, I believe this is a very sex based issue but both sexes benefits in the short term gains of this violence if one embraces this way of life as the way of life we humans were always meant to have. All of evolution happened so we can have smartphones and Internet, evidently. That’s basically what we are told when we go to school and read on evolution. All the time it comes to the point sooner or later that all happened so we now exist and can have what we have.
And so it falls right back to this wondering. This question, that I have come too at least, what the hell are you supposed to do? Ignore it? Talk about it? Write about it? It is an extremely unpopular opinion to have I’ve noticed. Even among so called environmentalists it’s often looked down upon to be of the understanding that solar and wind energy won’t change much about the overall destruction. Living communities still needs to be shunted aside and ultimately killed to get the resources needed to get us our stuff. And as long as there is ”infinite growth” you will always have to build more of everything and you also need resources to maintain service of fixing stuff that breaks down. It just won’t stop as long as you dare not talk about this ”infinite growth” madness that nearly everyone seem to take for granted.
To move on in my own belief why civilization has to be dismantled. At the core of this beast you find ”nuclear energy” and with it the constant hunt to maintain the life style made possible by nuclear electricity. It plays out pretty similar to what we see as a drug addict hunting the next fix. It is producing a lifestyle of insanity because it is based on insanity.
I know I probably sound like a nut. But so far not one single person have ever rationally been able to defend nuclear energy and what it produces, which is electricity we take for granted to heat homes, heat food, heat water or refrigerated food and so on and so forth. Not one. I don’t believe it can be done. John Trudell an Native American author, poet, actor, musician and political activist in a speech he held on the American Columbus day back in what I believe is the year 83 or 84 said about nuclear energy ”…nuclear energy. It is the final assault. Nuclear energy should tell each and everyone of us that they have gone beyond the reasons of sanity, that they are no longer sane. That they no longer deal with the real natural world…” These lines has haunted me since I first heard them. First time I heard them it struck right through me. I could not explain it but what he said right there I could understand. I knew what he meant, yet, I was not ready to fully embrace it but I was part of they. Nuclear energy that produces electricity which is what we chase all the time to power up this machine world, is never going to be sustainable. Because it never was. It is built on a sick belief of what it means to be human (aggressive, dominating, egocentric and so on) and the following lifestyle that needs enormous violence to sustain itself. And as long it is going to be ”infinite growth” it will destroy everything in order to power up itself, at the expense of us all last (and probably the least in terms of numbers) being the ones who are the most dependent on this way of life to survive which usually are the top of the hierarchy. The ones with money. The powerful, the rich. They are the ones we all serve in the end. They set the rules. There is a clearly defined and widely accepted yet often unarticulated hierarchy within civilization and those at the top are the most dependent on this way of life but they also have the most money to buy themselves the most time as long as the economic system is in place and ‘resources’ (incl what they in modern times call human resources) can be bought and sold for money.
While writing these lines I come to think of something we often fear and really don’t want to catch, cancer. Our way of life looks very similar in collective behavior as cancer cells.
It is not easy to take this in. Not for me at least. I need and most people I know, heck, all people I know need civilization because we don’t know how to live without machines. Without electricity. We have some ideas, sure, and I bet many of us can talk about it but me and most others will most likely go under fast. It is reality.
Of course it is not fun to have that understanding but it is also not a fun understanding what is being done to all those ”others” who are forced to get out of the way as we industrial humans collectively of the industrial age destroys more and more of life on this planet.
It’s hard to deal with. But it also feels honest. I guess just add two and two together. Really. Look at the costs of this lifestyle. Look at all of them.
Machines rules the world already, sounds a bit nut right? Perhaps you start thinking of the movie Terminator now and it’s Skynet AI but if you don’t believe me; look at how many machines you have right next to you that you interact with on a daily basis. The one you are either staring at on the table or hold in your hands to read this lines right now for example. Machines rule the world, the human world I should say, and they have the power to destroy everything unless we do something about this beast.
I believe civilization needs to be dismantled and I have no idea how or what to do. But I believe it has to be. Not in order to save my life but to save whatever is going to be left of life on this planet and most likely for future generations of human beings.