Choosing Tragedy

Previously, we had chosen the bonny road and so we must, but that road also leads under the hill through good and evil; through an over-dose of truth.
We’ve also explored the problems of de-growth, while using GDP as a measure – as though we could degrow to an optimum point without consequence.
We cannot. De-growth will have terrible consequence. We cannot but pass though that terror. We must endure it.

The current casino of currency manipulation, usury and advantageous/disadvantageous roulette wheels of stocks, bonds, shares and futures, will crash without growth – that is: without the hopes of punters. That is how the casino spins – not by reason, but by the faith and dreams of punters. Once that faith and the possibility (the odds) of dreaming shatter, then the whole casino shatters.

Plainly the casino is so destructive that we must somehow remove it. But, I say we cannot remove it without tragedy. And so it is that we must pass through tragedy, if we are to reach the other side of the hill.

The casino and the real economy of households, work-places and pleasures are currently too entwined to separate without pain. Yet, we must somehow remove the casino, so that the economy can function properly in its terrain again. I say, again, because the remedies we have, live in our cultural histories – awaiting adaption to the times.

As the casino shrinks (degrows) towards its terminal cascade, so companies will fold, unemployment will soar, tax revenue will wither and social infrastructures will wither accordingly. That means people will be without both wages and unemployment relief. I leave the collapse of other infrastructures to your imagination. It is very simple to understand. Let’s hope we are brave enough to face its darkness.

If we do not choose that tragedy, then the end will be far, far worse – the extinction, or near extinction of human life as we know it. That extinction is approaching faster than all educated models had predicted. I’ll not make a prediction to add to the noise, but I know this, unless I change instantly to a life without oil, it will prove too late. That is the only truth.

As the casino collapses – as banks, employment and other means to a living collapse, there will remain an underlying miracle. The physical world will remain untouched – soils, crops, water, fungi, plants and animals – new possibilities for trade and the trades – all will remain in their physics. Human casino fantasy will also remain and human obstacles to that physics will remain to be overcome, but nevertheless all that can be physically sensed will be just as apparent as before the collapse.

So, we return to our theme that both work and pleasure must be walking distance from everyone’s door. If we can build such connections by reviving population centres of towns and villages – by supporting each other’s trades, and by evacuating the trades of the casino, then we can, with a large dose of luck, provide real economic islands in the storm of the crashing casino.

It’ll be a close-run thing, because those larger storms are fast-approaching, just as the lesser, but still terrible storms of collapsing casinos will be impeding much of what we try to do. We must de-school and de-educate ourselves and listen to the new evidence of our senses and of each other. Look into the eyes of children. Feed on the skills of your trade and delight in the skills of others. Beautiful music and literature are threaded through with tragedy. We can carry words and music in our hearts. Best foot forward. Stiff upper lip, old thing. Is that over the top? Well yes, precisely. Don’t forget that comedy and tragedy share identical plots. Look at our lives. We are comic. We cannot but be comic. Comedy is a useful sheltering arm. I’ve quoted this from Patrick Kavanagh before: “Tragedy is comedy not fully born.” We may as well add W B Yeats – “a terrible beauty is born”.


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