The End is Near
OK – I’m not talking about time, and, as previously blogged, I don’t believe in “end times” as some might describe them (rapture, or natural disaster, etc).
I’d like to write, albeit briefly, about resources. We tend to live as though there are infinite resources, and that people could keep extracting minerals, lumber, water, metals – what-have-you – and it’ll continue to satisfy our wants (let alone our needs). We talk about economies growing, and when the price of stock takes a dip it’s seen as a failure. We measure things in terms that seem to paint a picture of never-ending stuff at our fingertips.
I remember a few years ago – I think it was in 2004 – when it was a bad year for vegetables and grain-crops. The local Safeway (I was living in Saskatoon at the time) actually had bare shelves. The look of plenty, and the illusion of infinite abundance was not there! They had actually run out of a number of items!! It was an eery kind of feeling – I’d not really experienced that before.
I decided to blog about this because I came across this article that seems to connect water resources and economic growth. My personal politics are such that it scares me to think of privatizing water. No one can live without fresh water; if we turn it into a commodity to be traded, we make it impossible for some to get – we end up killing for a necessity. There is a short film that can be downloaded, “The Story of Stuff.” Take a look at it. It oulines in a few minutes how we’ve developed a system where a few can have it all, but many end up suffering as a result. It also lays out clearly that our consumerist culture can not continue as we may expect it to.
The end is near. Our resources are finite. Our system of production and consumption must change. We need a new economy. Can we imagine putting people and lives ahead of shareholder interests? Can we imagine living with less so that many others can have some? If we’re creating a global economy, or marketplace, we must be willing to consider the person in that other part of the world as our neighbour. We must, then, call on our representatives in government – as well as the corporations to whom we give our business – to also bear them in mind as we move forward.