Tsunami of Hunger
From Tim Boucher:
With the food shortage issue, I'm worried that we're going to see these kinds of pack-dynamic chain over-reactions multiply over time, and that things could slip out of control in the blink of an eye. In emergency situations with people, what tends to be important is that there are not necessarily just strong leaders, but strong role models and people who can set a good example of appropriate behaviors so that things don't spiral out of control.
My question becomes: what, then, is the appropriate behavior to model and exhibit in such a circumstance so as not to unnecessarily spook the herd and make things worse than they need to be?
A pack-dynamic is definitely what we have become as a society. But the pack has shrunken from community and family into just first person associations.
I think about old time movies sometimes for comparison...and by old I mean the 80's. When someone comes to someone's door in these movies the person in the home has no secondary association of fear to the person coming to the door. My doorbell rang the other day... and I simply ignored it. I had no intention of approaching the door because I wasn't expecting a guest and I didn't want to put myself into some sort of strange situation. That sounds awful to say out loud... but our culture has become one of fear and mistrust. The culture by which we all view ourselves has changed.
My mother who opened a bed and breakfast had her company sign stolen in a rural community. Things can get awful when the fabric that once blanketed your fears has faded into shreds, and the bitter cold of who we actually are drafts through your comfortable sleep.
It will get worse if the trend of our economy continues.
The recessions of the 70's and 80's paired with the depression of the 30's were restored by evolving 3rd world countries (or our western expansion) and of course ...war and the New Deal. We created a taxable middle class over night. We grew jobs out of the west and fueled the stock market with international investing. We supplied 3rd world countries with cars, steel, and infrastructure made from labor. So what is coming out of our factories and blue-collar lines now? W e have nary a thing to offer the world anymore. Our technological advances, while, advanced, come at a very high price and with very little chance of result. The tact used to sling our own weight out of the mud in the past was labor. Labor and goods sold to countries with new wealth has been our strong point throughout every recession. At this point, our biggest export is war, produce, and Hollywood.
This trend ends this time around.
When the term "Silent Tsunami" was used by the leader of the WTF, Josette Sheeran, yesterday the world flinched a little, but then went back to what it does best…doing absolutely nothing to prevent it. The problem this time is that the WTF - while explaining that there will be riots and deaths in 3rd world countries doesn't explain the calamities that will take place in the Great 8 nations, and especially the United States.
The first rationing of food will be within the next month. And it will be rice. And it will be here.
We have become a nation of service to the subservient who then serve the wealthy. The problem is that the service has no backing and the subservient could be caste aside by overseas or younger competition in a matter of weeks training.
The roaring days are over. 4$ gas per gallon is going to be a reality. 9$ loafs of bread is coming. 7$ gallons of milk and lines at supermarkets is very close to becoming real. We are about to have a cultural shockwave once again and this time there will be casualities. I don't say this to bring any worry to anyone... I say it to make people aware that now is the time to get your flock in order.
Our "packs" will be our saviors in the end. The questions becomes; is America ready to once relive it's ability to trust, support, and work it's way through it? I personally don't think so.