Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Entropy Nation

James Howard Kunstler pokes around in some Hudson River remnants of industrious industrial America and ruminates on a civilization that's polluting, financializing, and outsourcing itself into oblivion:

The reality I spend these days rambling the river with is the reality of a nation riding a great wave of entropy into the unknown. Only at this stage of the ride can we indulge in our Goth fantasies of the charming vampire nether-life. Believe me, when things really get dark we will all be wishing desperately for something more like lambs-in-the-meadow and the kindly touch of a loving hand and the dim memory of what it was like to care about anything or anyone.

Where we are now, to me, is the real dark time, the proverbial moment before the dawn. The depravity of our culture, Disney merchandise, cool ranch Doritos, and all, is something that people of the future will marvel at for centuries to come. The purity of our surrender will fascinate them. They will conclude that we looked into the abyss... and decided that we liked what we saw in there.

In all fairness, that became much easier once the abyss was renamed THE FREEDOM VOID.


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