Before the winter sets in…


Today, being Sunday, the Royal Mail delivered a parcel.  To us in remote Herefordshire.

Our new Prime Minister has told us that we can use as much electricity as we want and will only be charged £2,500. 

And I thought we were supposed to use less energy….

In relation to how we used to live:

Keep in mind that Jesus and the Buddha taught their disciples, Plato and Confucius created their philosophies, Sophocles and Shakespeare wrote their plays, Murasaki Shikibu and Jane Austen penned their novels, and Galileo Galilei and Isaac Newton revolutionised humanity’s knowledge of nature in societies that lived under such conditions. 

They never dreamed that human beings would someday have the dubious privilege of wasting fantastic amounts of energy during a brief, self-terminating era of wretched excess.

We’re headed back to a world they would have recognised. Yes, I know a lot of people are still stuck on the failed fantasy of perpetual progress, and will insist at the top of their lungs that we’re on our way to the stars, no matter what.

I trust, dear reader, that your mind isn’t held hostage by that delusion, and that you’re ready, willing, and able to get ready for the energy shortages we’re facing.

If you are, you might want to get to work, because we don’t have much time before winter comes...”

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