Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Doom

Chris Martenson's podcast interview with John Michael Greer is a classic. Greer currently serves as the Grand Archdruid of the Ancient Order of Druids in America (they haven't gone away you know...)

His blog - The Archdruid Report - is a recent addition to my rss feed and a very entertaining and insightful read on life in the twilight of the American Empire.

Greer has some funny and insightful things to say about the near future in America, and some handy tips for how to prepare for life in an age of 'catabolic decline'.  For example:
 I would point out that one of the ways we can look at this is what an exciting time this is to be alive. What an astonishing opportunity we have to create – with our own lives, with our own choices – to literally shape the future ahead of us.  
So what I advise is that people start by looking at their own lives and saying okay, how is my life going to change as energy constraints continue to squeeze in, and then get ahead of the change instead of being dragged along behind it. Get ahead of it, give yourself some space, work through the learning curve picking up the skills you’re going to need. Do it now, so that by the time it’s necessary, you’re comfortable with it, you know what you’re doing. 
...You maybe started developing some tradable skills. You’ve got a little basement workshop where you’re doing something you can barter with your friends. You’re brewing beer in the basement, you know? That’s actually my number one suggestion for a lot of people – learn how to brew beer. If the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse knock on your door and you can offer each of them a cold one, they’re your friends.
I love the smell of hops in the morning...

You can read the full transcript at the bottom of the page here if you don't want to listen to it.

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