The Future(s)

Thinking about the future is hard. Sometimes because it is difficult to forecast, and other times because it inspires existential dread. If you’re not up for some of the latter, feel free to Abandon Post!

On Reddit I have subscribed to r/Collapse and r/PrepperIntel. I am not a prepper or doomer, per se, but I do find it useful to have an increased awareness of potential hazards. For example, I have rebuffed all casual suggestions that we move to Florida. Besides the fact that it’s Florida, climate change is going to hit there especially hard between extreme weather events and salt water intruding up through the limestone into the aquafers. A sea wall ain’t going to do shit about that. And while it’s possible that I won’t live to see that level of disaster occur – I will be around retirement age at 2050 – why would I want to set down roots somewhere where my son will have to sell the family house to Aquaman?

Then you have the other side of the (Bit)coin with Mark Zuckerberg steering Facebook into spending $10 billion this year on metaverse and VR. Regardless of how you feel about any of those nouns, it’s amusing to see such a commitment towards something entirely dependent on, well, non-collapse scenarios. Europe is going to have a tough time heating homes this winter, but sure, let’s pour some R&D money into beaming ads directly into peoples’ eyeballs. Perhaps Zuckerberg is a fan of Ready Player One? Or perhaps he just wants something to help pass the time in his climate bunker.

OK, maybe I’m further along the doomer scale than I thought.

It’s hard to be optimistic in the current, ahem, climate anyway. We’re days away from a Supreme Court judgment on whether and how the Environmental Protection Agency is able to tackle climate change at all. Within the next two years, we could theocratically theoretically be under conservative rule just in time for them to try tax breaks or repealing healthcare to refill Lake Mead before the Hoover Dam goes offline. Almost makes you want that Great Salt Lake bomb to go off sooner than later, eh?

Also, don’t move to Utah. Or any previously-desert State. That desert is coming back.

It’s reasonable to ask the follow-up question of “WTF, mate?” There’s no particularly satisfying answer. Maybe we get a fusion energy breakthrough that allows us to power through some massive carbon geoengineering moonshot. Maybe they find Hillary’s emails on Hunter’s laptop and it’s revealed the leftist climate agenda purpose is to sell Priuses, and there’s nothing at all to worry about having CO2 at 421ppm like it was back in the Pliocene era, 4 million years and 25m+ higher ocean levels ago. Or maybe, I dunno, the sun stops shining so bright and we can just continue doing whatever we want.

For what it’s worth, I largely continue to behave as though there is a future out there that isn’t too unpleasant. What else can you do, right? As an Absurdist though, it makes me laugh a bit when Todd Howard starts talking about upcoming Bethesda games. Starfield is in 2023, then it is pre-production Elder Scrolls 6, and then Fallout 5 after that. Where does that put a Fallout 5 release, mid-2035?

Something tells me that we may not need Metaverse goggles for that one.

Posted on June 24, 2022, in Commentary and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. You shouldn’t really worry about climate change so much, as we are in fact entering(ed) cooling period now (yes we do). I would worry much more about events coming our way in next 6-12-18 months, which are going to change the world in completely different way.
    To give an example of such events, I would for example worry about what Russia will do when cornered, while there is a 100% lack of any peacemakers in current world. Just a one example.

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    • I’m not too concerned with Russia being “cornered,” but it is an open question about what the rest of the world does like… a year from now. Will we keep up the sanctions through a global recession? Will Europe have enough natural gas to literally survive the winter? We haven’t seen the last of the food insecurity as a result of the invasion yet.

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      • It is one of many perfect publications to see the other side of the argument. Recommended for open minded.

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  2. If I didn’t have kids, I’d laugh at all the insane shit R are doing right now and will continue to do in the future, in part because I’m in a position to benefit from their ‘rules for thee, not for me’ approach. But because I have kids it’s hard not to feel the urge to leave the US sometimes and join the rest of the world in laughing at it from the outside rather than possibly having to actually deal with it.

    Sure, a lot of the self-inflicted stuff is going to hit R states/people (poor white rural populations) a lot more than others, but not all. Blue states can only do so much to counter-act Rs at the federal level, as the recent Court ruling on guns shows.

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    • Yeah, all this would hit different if I didn’t have a kid. Roe just got overturned, and Thomas is saying contraception, same-sex marriage, and same-sex relationships should be next. Makes it real difficult to care whether the planet gets cooked anymore.

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  3. This might give you some hope.

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  4. Worrying too much isn’t good but I agree on your sense of seeing potential avoidable things, as far as you mentioned.

    I’m pretty glad I’m here north of the Alps in what doesn’t look like an area that’s prone to dry out and not 100m next to the sea for example. It wouldn’t mean I’d pack up my things and leave right now if this were the case, but it’s one less thing to worry about.

    Then again, not owning a house and no kids means I could actually be even more giving fuckall…

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  5. I sometimes console myself with the possibility that once things get sufficiently bad, people in the West will be willing to risk another radical attempt at adopting some form of collectivism. A silver lining to a very dark cloud.

    But it’s more likely that Don’t Look Up has the right idea.

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