Hoodzy wrote:We all know the first thing we are going to run out of is clean water. 15 years for 1/3 the population and i'm sure it will just get worse from then on.
We can all envision the demise. I have no question that will all the end of the world TV shows around (After Humans, or whatever its called) that surmising how it will FAIL is the easy part.
This, believe it or not, is more of an optimistic thread. Its more about the reboot of society. If things to go hell in a handbasket, Barring complete extinction, society will have to reset itself. It will have a period of years where the expectations of excess will be eliminated.
I'm curious as to what is necessary.
As chrisdougherty pointed out, there's Maslow's needs. Basic, biologicaly needs to SURVIVE. But I'm talking about the point where society continues to tick along in a way that keeps people happy, but doesn't cause failure.
Burger Kings and fast food disappears. Vehicles are limited to 1 per household. Possibly even rental only? In your house, do you have a computer? A television? Books? Microwave? You definitely don't need 3 or 4 of each. Products are limited to a certain consumption limit per year?
A forced trade off system is, effectively, established. Everyone gets the same amount of fuel per year. So if you want an SUV, fine, but it may sit idle from October to January because you burnt through your rations.
A lot of this comes from me trying to make sense of all the SHIT that is in my house. My son comes home from McDonald's with his grandparents and another crap toy from his Happy Meal gets played with for 15 minutes then goes in a drawer never to be played with again.
How much is enough for me, my kids, my family to be happy. Can we get away from "The Joneses"?