Friday, December 28, 2012

TEOTWAWKI...and other issues

Ok, I have to admit it - I putzed about the house for much of the 21st of December humming the tune "The End Of The World As We Know It" by Rem.  C'mon - be did too!

So, now that TEOTWAWKI has proven to be just another day at the office what are you going to do with yourself? 

I am quite certain that there are any number of the Doomsday crowd that have their noses out of joint that they couldn't run amok to defend their homes and virgins.  Life tends to be a little funny that way.  The road to hell is paved with good intentions...yes?

Since we have now officially survived the end of the world, I suppose it is time to bump up the education quotient and continue to evolve as a species.  I think Robert Heinlein said it best:

“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.” 

I think that's a pretty solid notion.  Too many of us think that if we study hard, specialize, unionize, and get REAAAALLLLLYYYY good at just ONE thing, we will be successful.  It's a pretty safe bet that the ideology behind that is, well, flawed in more way than one.  Grant you, it may put more cash money in one's bank account to be say...a medical doctor...a lawyer....or rocket scientist...however, if your knowledge of establishment medicine/the law/rocket science is all you have to share, you could have a problem if things break down. 

So, now that everyone has quit holding their breath and HOPING the world was going to end, I guess we are stuck with cleaning up our own messes and making our own beds.  Back to the "everything I needed to know I learned in Kindergarten" type stuff.  You know the drill...share, be nice, put away your toys, clean up your own mess...that sort of thing. 

So, now that there was no earth shattering KABOOM...what are your plans?  Let's get some conversation going shall we?

Positive, rational, creating....and carrying on.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I wasn't "overly" lol concerned about the 2012 ending, but I am very concerned about what is coming at us this year. I have been involved in farming and raising food my entire life, but those years just give me the healthy realization of how much I do not know and have not personally done. So much of what we may end up needing has passed away with the last of the generation who grew up and lived in the days of no electricity and horse only power. Very few had fond memories of those days either, a lot of that life was drudgery. I hope that enough of us can keep it together and do what will be necessary, and I think its time, like you wrote earlier, to dig a good rootcellar.