Catastrophes abound! Global warming, pandemics, proliferating quasi-fascist wing-nuts, endless global war, collapsing economies, human tidal waves on the move, not to mention mother nature on the rampage with hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes, tsunamis—you get the picture.
So here’s the deal. You are getting anxious that your life is not going to get any better. The smart money is already heading north to the high and dry country. Experts are not hard to find. Some say it’s not too late to move, some say that moving will do no good and yet others that there is no reason to move. Those are your only truly “rational” choices but only one is truly rational. Which one?
Option # 1 Move
- Mark Dalski lives in Connecticut but has bought land in the Catskills where he plans to build a sustainable house. (Hint: He better define “sustainable” in some detail.)
- Dave Anderson bought a ranch in Oregon as a retreat for his extended family in case their homes in Houston become uninhabitable. (Hint: and they will!)
Option # 2 Moving won’t do any good
- Be patient, be calm and accept the inevitable without fleeing to the hills which will only postpone experiencing the collapse of civilization. “‘It’s going to be a slow, gradual burn, if you will,’ said Vivek Shandas, founder of the Sustaining Urban Places Research Lab at Portland State University in Oregon. ‘But there will be destabilization, and it will all happen in the foreseeable future.’” (1)
- “Then late last month [November 2018], the federal government issued a report concluding that climate change would cause hundreds of billions of dollars in damage, and as much as 10 percent of the American economy could be destroyed by 2100 because of rising temperatures.” (1)
Option # 3 Don’t move
- This is the most desirable option with a 100 percent success rate buuuuut most of us will have trouble choosing it for the same reasons that got us into our current mess in the first place.
Click on the link below to read about option # 3
Insight # 69: Don’t change your location, change your story.
- Simple Reality: The Essence in this blog and also in the print version of Where Am I? (2012), by Roy Charles Henry, pages 1-12.
- Krueger, Alyson. “Climate-Change Escape Plans.” The New York Times. December 2, 2018, page 10.