Tao Te King #80
I would really like to head up my buddy Locutius' place this week for a well deserved break from squeezing all the blood out of the turnips. But I have a feeling that the turnips have more for me to do. In a way, I am a living example of the changes to lifestyle that most of us will have to bringing on line in the next little while. The big dogs like Kunstler and Greer and other such folks speak glowingly of "localization", this is what that noble sounding little phase means.
Localization is what you do when you don't have access to the coin or the easy debt that allows to to take off whenever you wish to go somewhere. Localization means spending a couple of hours weatherstripping and fixing the door seal on your beat up old refrigerator. Localization means that you have to keep the old car running longer than its shelf life so money goes into tires and maintenance. Localization means that since vegetables are getting ungodly expensive, you have to go out and dig in the compost and manure for next years planting.
You know, what localization really means is that you live within your means. Now as usual in the world, the means for folks are different. Five years ago, my means were a lot better, I wasn't as constrained as I am now. There are a lot of folks out there who are still living that. But more and more of us are moving a couple of rungs down the ladder. That means that we are becoming more local.
I think that one of the reasons that I get so impatient with the folks who spout the benefits of "localization" is that these big boys really aren't "localized". They jump on planes to go speak with folks at meetings (Most of these which draw attendants from all over the world who flew to the conference).
They preach the local thing, but their frequent flyer miles would tell another story. In my less than charitable moments, I wonder if us "just folks" here in flyover territory who are being forced against our wills, into the dreams that they themselves are unwilling to live, are anything but picturesque stage props for their ascent into sage/philosopher status