Why the Poor Shall Inherit the Earth
My mother is the last person to admit that the Bible was right, but I’ll be darned if it isn’t the meek who are inheriting the Earth. The panels of scientist who have confirmed global warming crisis for our planet, is as long as the list of endangered species is now. Billboards and product labels everywhere are crammed with friendly but urgent suggestions for downsizing my lifestyle. The morning news includes efficient guidelines to help me be more aware of my fuel usage.
I know it’s not just me thinking to myself, “Wait a minute, since when has my lifestyle had so much luxury to spare?” I could tell myself how environmentally cool I am for taking the bus. It lessons the sting of not being able to afford insurance, and repairs; let alone fuel for my vehicle. Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle? Only because I can’t afford it new. The more you think about it the more you can see how being poor will better prepare one to survive in an economy without an unlimited supply of affordable fossil fuel.
Let us explore this theory… First off, human beings are not capable of destroying the planet. We may make it inhabitable for us to exist here, but we cannot actually do harm to the planet itself. Come on, it’s a planet. This giant rock has been covered in liquid fire, solid ice, has had its face break into pieces and the float into different places, it’s been bashed by meteors and dinosaurs for hundreds of millions of years before man was ever thought of. The Earth can save itself. I say, save the human.
Secondly, the main reason, amongst the valid and plethora of them, as to why the environment has taken such a swan dive for the worst is this: the substantial over consumption of everything, i.e. the suburbs sucked it out of us.
I agree with economists predictions that when the natural fossil fuel supply decreases sharply within the next twelve years, goods will have to be acquired more locally. The cost of transporting food from halfway across the world will become too expensive, and unrealistic. The local markets will finally have their revenge on the gigantic, power buying, chain super-mart. The closest grocery store to my house is a discount grocery store. The meat, fruits, and vegetables are all grown or raised locally. The local, family-run farms don’t use the same hormones, pesticides, and antibiotic that the other larger corporate farms do. The food is cheaper because it cost so much less to transport it to the store. That and I also have to bag my own groceries now- which I would prefer to do anyway.
Food is going to become a pretty heavy issue for the McMansions of the suburbs. It will become too costly to provide fuel for so big of a house that only shelters two to four people at a time. Imagine no gasoline. Now imagine living in between the country and the city. You would be far away from where the goods are being distributed, but still too far away from where the goods and food come from . The most pathetic part are the useless yards. There wouldn’t be enough space to grow your own food, let alone real dirt to grow it in. It’s like a topsoil throw rug. The suburbs could be the “next ghetto of the future”.
Consequently, when tragedy happens and it affects the upper-class, they throw money at it. When tragedy affects the poor, they band together, and provide strength in numbers. In the winter time, the lower-income live in a perpetual state of near emergency. One would keep the heat turned down low, not because a commercial suggested it, but because if the bill isn‘t paid, the children will lose the privilege of heat. During power outages, neighbors have everyone with electric furnaces gathered up into homes with gas ones before the electric company even makes it there. Water pipes freeze easily and break often in mobile homes. The builders who are laid-off during the winter keep busy rebuilding furnaces.
This slice of culture has lived without money for so long, they have learned to live without it. There are highly organized barter systems amongst friends and neighbors alike. It is a desperate economy, but as you can see, for once there is an advantage to being poor. We already know how to live without the electrical and plastic extras, and we are still happy, thank you very much.