Calling all Doomers of the World: Assume Collapse formation, Isolate and Take Over

Quarantine is great. It is fantastic. At least if you’re an extreme introvert like me, who finds infinite meaning in isolation. Who sits alone in his London studio flat, while the sombering silence of the empty street is interrupted every so often by the ambulance siren. Another urgent COVID-19 case, another reminder that we are living a new reality.

In case you are still in denial, we are experiencing a Global Apocalyptic Collapse. So all of you who laughed at my depressing, boring monologues year after year after year at those Christmas dinners, all of you who poured more wine as I warned you that your 2-year old children won’t get to live unless we cut emissions drastically, you can all shut up now. And I can finally shut up as well, because Nature has done my work for me. It has sent us this Virus. Like any Mother who sees that their teenager is unable to listen to advice, Earth has resorted to drastic measures: taking away the drugs (consumption, profit) and imposing a curfew on all movement until further notice. Now please can you pass me the potatoes. Thank you. Oh, I might have a glass of wine actually too. Merry Christmas.

I might hate our species sometimes, but I’m certainly not happy that innocent people are dying. But rather than making coronavirus the enemy, rather than making this all about us, it is imperative that we listen to Earth’s message. What Nature wants us to do in our apartments, houses, mansions and slums is not to watch Netflix or empty and restock the fridge. It wants us to think: of what we have been doing wrong so far in our civilisation, and who we want to be as a species after this. This Virus can be transformative, as viruses have been numerous times in our history.

The quarantine is a chance for introspection. It is also a chance to realise that there are consequences for our actions. Yes, we are being punished. This is why nature has sent this virus. It wants us to stop what we are doing, and simply think of what we have done to the planet. Only by waking up from our hedonistic distractions can we actually realise the devastating impact that our lifestyle has had on this planet. A lifestyle that has brought the planet’s immune system to a fever alert. That has choked the atmosphere with CO2. Now the planet is passing on to us both the fever and the choking. And the trees, for the first Spring ever, can flower without the fear of being cut down.

Join the Consumption Strike

My fellow humans, I feel more close to you than ever, even in my isolation. We might feel that this has been imposed on us, but it is for our own good. Rather than being a grumpy teenager, let’s turn this into a personal victory. We are not on quarantine actually. We are on a consumption strike. Striking against excess. Hedonism. Emissions. Against globalisation. Against exploitative and dehumanising Capitalism.

to be continued…

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3 thoughts on “Calling all Doomers of the World: Assume Collapse formation, Isolate and Take Over

  1. > Begin forwarded message: > > From: keith miner > Subject: Re: [New post] The Stupidity of Intelligence > Date: 17 May 2020 at 18:50:24 BST > To: George Tsakraklides > > Hi George, > > Thank you for this wise set of thoughts again. I agree with what you say and I also have a couple of questions: > > 1. Is it not so that when we use the language of “we” did this or “we” didn’t do that we are forgetting that there is no “we” as an agreed description of humans.? > > It might be possible to say, for instance, that some humans are inclined to behave in one way and others in another way. That only some are biased to the problem-solving intelligence you describe while others are more inclined to have emotional or social intelligence dominate. If this is the case then other factors must be brought in to explain the mess brought about by problem solving intelligence. For example we could think of humans as existing in their differences along spectrums – some may be more tyrannical than others and some may be more complicit, thereby facilitating tyranny. If the problem-solving ones tend also to be more tyrannical then that kind of intelligence dominates the group behaviour. So egalitarian societies, in facing difficult times, allow problems-solving leaders to emerge, the group swings more from egalitarian mode to tyrannical mode. If this hierarchical mode takes over from the egalitarian mode then you will end up with disharmonious, unbalanced > group living out of step with the environment as well as with themselves: if it becomes institutionalised then you end up with the problem humans now have. The ecologically intelligent majority have conspired with the upstarts, the tyrants. The majority have forfeited their agency, have they not? The upstarts, (sociopaths who are sometimes useful in a crisis), now have control and power which, given their nature they will make sure they keep. So living in large groups (cities etc) requires an imposed order to quell the majority who really have evolved to live in nature with freedom. They can’t possibly have freedom in civilisation and have to be kept in order by enslavement, promises and hope for better things to come down the road! Some hope.

    2. Is it not ,finally, in the hands of Nature, the original Godness, goodness to settle the matter. Is it not perfectly natural and “proper” for every species to come and then to go? Are humans not subject to the laws of transformation of Yin into Yang and back to Yin again. Is it not simply that you and I happen to be alive at the time of transformation, transition which involves our demise in order that new life may be born? Is this the only way to achieve peace of mind as humans accept the “normality” of what is happening even with all its misery and grief?

    warm wishes

    Keith Milner > > >>

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