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The Flight From The Cities

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The Flight From The Cities

Ibrahim Turner



My Sufi teacher, (an Englishman) in the 1970, (he died in 1974) predicted that there would come a time when farmers would be protecting their crops with dogs and guns. He also commented on the sustainability of so-called new-age communities, which you might recall, were very popular in the swinging sixties, but that is something for a different article.

It seems to me, although I didn’t fully appreciate what he meant then, that I now see, is that it is sure to happen, as the problems of Global Warming, overpopulation, depletion of resources, peak oil, etc are becoming more apparent, especially peak oil.

He also talked about the large corporations and institutions; comparing them to the dinosaurs – they should not be any cause for worry, they will fade away like the dinosaurs did, and in any case, there is nothing we, even in groups, can do about them.

But I don’t see that happening any time soon, given the corporate greed and the profit motive depleting resources and destroying the environment.

So consider this; overpopulation is already causing over consumption of resources including fossil fuels, metals, minerals, food and oil. Do you think that the governments will get it together and limit the population growth let alone reducing it?

Peak oil, predicted by some to be already upon us, and others not to happen for another ten years, will inexorably and undoubtedly arrive; bringing massive disruption to our way of life. Driving your SUV when gas is $10, $20 or $50 a gallon or more, will be for only the very rich. The number of people owning a car will drastically reduce, leading to widespread unemployment in all the related industries leading to further unemployment in non related industries as the former workers in the car industry cannot buy things.

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A well traveled and slightly worse for wear 72 year old Englishman; widower, several children and grandchildren and a penchant for wondering 'what is the hidden agenda' in almost everything I read. A keen interest in American culture (an oxymoron?) (more...)
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