We enter a room, throw a light switch, and would only be astonished if the lights failed to come on. Yet, my grandparents were born into a world where electric lighting was a novelty, and hot showers a luxury.
With bee-sized surveillance drones, and computers harvesting every byte and micro-shred of personal information, it’s easy to understand the escalation of paranoia.
The curtain is rising on a new act, which will begin with the great nations going to battle over resources. Virtually everything from quality mineral ores to clean water, is getting scarcer.
History will laugh at us. We will discover that the utopian egalitarianism of recent years was largely a function of cheap energy.
I am not being cute when I suggest that there may be more horse-drawn transport in our future than snazzy new hybrid cars.
Happy Graduation, Class of 2012. It’s both tragic and hilarious that young people have been swindled into thinking their vocational future lies in some corporate nirvana of magic techno-innovation (complete with ‘free trade” latte breaks).