07
Mar
10

Not the end of days.

I’m a peak oil guy, and a bit of a doomer. My fiance gets annoyed because when she asks me about stock market investment (for a long term perspective) I always say that it probably won’t matter much. I tell her that I am not confident that the money she has in RRSP’s will still be there when she hits retirement age. I don’t think she is paying attention when I say that there is nothing wrong with having that money in there.
To me it is hedging her bets. I’m working on the post collapse survival stuff, building a community, learning skills that will work in that kind of world, etc. These are skills that help us anyway, but they will be crucial if we hit a collapse scenario. If she spends money (not a lot, but some) on RRSP’s, then if I am wrong at least she will still be okay (I will be screwed, but that’s a decision I am making).
Either way, the world won’t end. It won’t be Mad Max, and if it is, most of the people in a Mad Max world won’t be Mad Max either. In fact, giving in to that sort of post-apocalyptic fantasy is one of the worst things you can do. It is unrealistic. In a post collapse world, cities will be smaller, but they will still exist and will still be the hubs of safety and culture. When the roman empire collapsed, and Rome burned, Rome survived and is now a bustling metropolis. Why? Because human beings thrive when they are able to practice specialties, and cities allow for that. Without cities, you can only have farmers and hunter/gatherers. People will be good at weaving, and they will want to do that. That means a city for support infrastructure, and so long as the best woven cloth comes from the textile district of the city, the farmers will trade cloth for food. If you have collapsed to the point where cities don’t make sense anymore, you have probably collapsed to the point where people as food is starting to make good sense to everyone.
So, cities persist, which means some sort of civil society, even if it isn’t our current form of civil society, which means some form of government. Sure, being good with a weapon may be more useful than it is now, but being a good weaver, a good carpenter, a good chef, is probably still going to be work more (and good plumbers will be worth their weight in gold).
Basically, don’t count on being a badass mutant killer, even if there are mutants, because if the mutant can keep the water flowing, the people in the cities and towns will choose them over you every time.

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