Dredd Blog regular Randy's painting to the left (he is a 'lefty' LOL) is called "Three Peaks".
Today's post is part of a series concerning three peaks within civilization as we know it.
In sequence, first comes the peak of sanity, then comes the peak of oil production, and finally comes the peak of the oil wars.
The argument supporting this sequence begins with the "discovery" (after the fact) of one certain social dynamic driving current civilization.
It is the dynamic that creates social norms, social education, and social policy.
The particular aspect of that broader dynamic, which we will focus on with this post, is the aspect which has allowed civilization to become a hard core addict to "oil" (all sources of petroleum energy, including "natural" gas).
That happened during the peak of sanity phase of current civilization, which was in substantial part composed of an ideology that allowed civilization to seal its fate with a colossal blunder.
That colossal blunder was failing to ponder the results of the choice to become hard core petroleum addicts.
Since oil, civilization's drug of choice, is a non-renewable, fixed-quantity substance, the arithmetic at once shows that the next phase would of necessity be the peak oil phase.
That phase was composed, in terms of ideology and social policy, primarily of denial.
In the real, measurable world of dwindling sources of supply of the drug, that phase is/was composed of a need to resort to increasingly herculean methods in order to extract the dwindling supply of the drug.
The final phase is the peak of the oil wars, a phase where civilization fragments into hard core rival gangs who incessantly fight for control of the turf and for control of the drug, oil.
Simply put, the delusion of "self survival" reigns supreme in this final phase.
Yes, the amygdala of civilization has, in these three peaks, in these three phases, inspired civilization to destroy itself in order to save itself.
The next post in this series is here, the previous post is here.