Monday, May 11, 2009
A Grey Age
Intellectually, I tend to ride a slow pendulum back and forth between triumphalism and the world of the thunderdome. Most of my time is spent thinking that was are a pretty mediocre lot. If we are the best, then we live in a pretty small world. But occaisionally we do something well enough to begin thinking that we are pretty hot shit. A lot of the time though, we run about like the Three Stooges.
I think that concept is what scares a lot of folk. The idea that we aren't the pinnacle of God's creation, that the world doesn't rotate around us. Scary that. We might have to assess our past actions and find them wanting. We may have to assess our future plans and find them shallow.
So we stay here in a grey age, looking around us and seeing that we can't quite keep up the march to triumphalism. The grade is getting steeper and we are still the same apes-with-attitudes we have always been. Even worse, a lot of us are starting to suspect the "technological progress" that has been shoved down our throats.
So now, a significant subset is screaming that we will be entering some to-be-discussed flavor of apocalypse sometime early next week. Hmm, I am beginning to question that flavor of thought as well.
I spent a couple of hours writing down my predictions and passing them around to some folks. I see some dislocations, but I don't see the end of the world. Just folks having to buckle down and make do with a lot less.
Welcome to the grey age.
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