What You Live On Today Is Oil
Industrial civilization which began 150 years ago is entering a decisive phase as the resources run scarce to satisfy its ravenous appetite. Human society, living an industrialized life, has used up resources which took nature millions of years to create. How long our earth and environment can support this reckless living is a big question now.
Human beings constitute a very insignificant portion of the cosmos and acting up like masters of the universe is an illusion. Living a life in harmony with nature and its environment is the only way a civilization can survive long enough to pass the test of time.
On many fronts, the crumbling of this colossal industrial setup is becoming apparent. One on the forefront is peak oil or upcoming oil shortage. Oil is the lifeblood of modern civilization. Choke off the oil and it quickly seizes.
With no viable alternatives in sight, human society will be facing a great crisis of unprecedented scale. All the previous calamities were local in nature. Oil crisis would be a global disaster because the world today shares a common fate, thanks to interdependence and interconnectivity. Earlier we suffered in isolation and now we go down, all together. There are food riots in Africa when America decides to produce bio-fuels. When there are skirmishes in Nigeria, a government is toppled on other side of the globe.
The solution lies in aligning ourselves with nature rather than trying to put up a brave front. So called victory over nature is just a garbed defeat. We have to recognize the problem as overconsumption and not overpopulation.
This is an awakening call, a call to act before time runs out, before it’s too late. The saying “man is the architect of his own fortune” was never more relevant.
President Bush aptly admits and endorses this view when he describes the present times for America and rest of the world as "very difficult times, very difficult."
The headlines have begun to blare like “Shell chief fears oil shortage in seven years”, “Spectre of food rationing hits US amidst global food crisis ”, “Futures Market Traders Bet On $200/Barrel Oil In 2008”, “Oilcos plan to ration fuel supply”, “British truckers protest rising fuel prices”, “ Oil shock: Airlines cut flights, expansion plans”, etc.
Stopgap solutions can not help as the nature and environment can not be cheated. In an attempt to do so, we end up cheating our ownselves. We have to get to the root of the problem which is an unsustainable lifestyle. Present day lifestyle is founded on total disregard for the nature and its Creator.
Dr. Sahadeva dasa
“That is the way of material civilization, too much depending on machine. At any time the whole thing may collapse and therefore we may not be self complacent depending so much on artificial life. The modern life of civilization depends wholly on electricity and petrol and both of them are artificial for man.”
~Srila Prabhupada (Letter, 13 November, 1965)
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This book examines the lifeline of modern living - petroleum. This is what flows In our veins today. Every aspect of our life, from food to transport to housing, it is all petroleum based. Either its petroleum or its nothing. Our existence is draped in layers of petroleum. This book is a bible on the subject and covers every conceivable aspect of it, from its strategic importance to future prospects. Then the book goes on to delineate important strategic solutions to an unprecedented crisis that’s coming our way.
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