... For another year.
It's the Solstice, one of my five days of reflective observation, so a happy holiday to all.
What I tend to reflect on with the Summer Solstice is peaks. It seems we are seeing a lot of phenomena associated with civilization either approaching or already at, or even past, peak. Peak conventional oil production, already past, will soon be followed by peak non-conventional oil (and gas) given the costs of extraction and the effects of peak capital on keeping up the rate of drilling. We've seen peak middle class expansion - now in contraction. This one is due more to the malaise of the economy in general due to the long past peak net energy per capita, but aggravated by the still increasing income disparities between the top 1-10% and the rest of us. We have certainly seen peak governance effectiveness, probably reached its peak in the US during George W. Bush's presidency. Elsewhere in the world we've seen peak effectiveness and rapid decline in the MENA region. Europe has probably gone through peak economic growth and is now in decline.
Nevertheless we soldier on. I've been through my own personal peak - railing at it all. Now it is just sitting back and watching the inevitable decline take place. Who knows how long that will take.
But I'm serious about the soldiering on. For those readers familiar with my book project, I'm happy to report that it is in production as we speak. The publisher is going to try to get it on bookshelves by fall - perhaps by the Equinox! If any of you know of a university or college that might be interested in adopting it for a course, I'd appreciate an e-mail.
Now I shall go enjoy the sunny day we have, this solstice, in the Pacific Northwest.