I am seeing a subtle change in the doomer community. Several prominent prophets seem to be giving up, or at least changing their tune from trying to spark action to save society from its fate to just telling society of its upcoming fate. This has created some unrest amongst the blog-o-sphere as some of the comments show.
One of the more complete examples of "throwing in the towel" comes from Dave Pollard in his recent post entitled "In Defense of Inaction" in his how to save the world blog. His comments include an insightful thought that
"There are no rights or freedoms. There is only power, and its exercise in the interest of further enriching the rich and further concentrating power.
I used to be outraged and angry about all this, but now I’m just letting it go. It’s just too easy to see this as a moral struggle, as a fight against pathology, greed, and tyranny. I don’t think it’s that simple. I think everyone’s really trying to do what they believe is best, not only for their loved ones but for everyone. I know some of these people, and their stubborn, destructive wrong-headedness is completely understandable to me (from their strange but deeply-held worldview)."
There is much more he covers (worth reading) before his conclusion:
"Maybe there’s more I could (I’ve stopped saying “should”) be doing: learning new essential skills and capacities, helping in the process of rediscovering how to build and live in community together, healing myself and helping others heal from the ravages of civilization’s innumerable, constant and monstrous stresses, and just trying to live a joyful, exemplary, modest and graceful life. I may get around to these things. But for now I’m just writing, watching, reflecting, trying to figure it all out.
It’s too early and too late, I think, to do anything more."
Pollard's thoughts harmonize with many of mine. But I had thought my growing dispair was the result of reaching age seventy-seven with its increasing physical and mental vagaries. Pollard has been a doomer activist who was trying to help people of his generation and younger find a way through the coming future, find a way to survive.
What to do, what to do?