“Peak Oil” and Scarcity Narratives

— Here’s What I Think

Well, in about 18 hours, I begin my long journey home via a big jet airliner. I’ll have a couple of stops along the way, so stay tuned for reportage from those places before I emerge back home in Pattaya, Thailand, in about a week.

Been asked by a few people—so, what do I think of America after having been gone for nearly four years to the day? Still gathering thoughts on that, and you can expect those in a future Here’s What I Think, or otherwise.

For now, let’s dive into a topic that has implications across the spectrum of human experience. Rule number one for any purveyor of any story—be it a parable, allegory, or narrative—boils down to the essence of human experience: the creation or synthesis of limits. This is child’s play because everything in existence is limited. That’s life. You want it? Then get while the gettn’s good. It might not be there tomorrow, next week, next month, or next year. Hell, it might vanish within the hour.

So, you combine various instruments of synthetic or contrived scarcity with calls to action. Whether they beckon you to buy, participate, rant, vote, or whatever else under the sun, these tactics serve a purpose. They awaken a thirst, a hunger which you’re compelled to satisfy and quench before that window of opportunity slams shut.

Scarcity. Limitation.

They’re not just sales tactics. They’re the bedrock of existence. Everything worth a damn operates on this principle. Recognize it. Understand it. Use it to your advantage. Don’t get played.

Let’s cut through the nonsense and address the colossal, blazing elephant in the room – the sun. It’s so damn critical to our existence that to overlook it is to play the fool on a cosmic scale. Everything we are, everything we do, hinges on that nuclear inferno hanging in the void. It’s a force so overwhelming, it makes all other concerns seem like trivial footnotes.

So, what do manipulative mutherfoocking charlatans do? They ignore this glaring truth. They divert your gaze to the trivial, the insignificant—it’s a classic misdirection. Think astrology. Instead of confronting the colossal impact of daily actions and choices, these snake oil salesmen would have you obsessing over celestial alignments. The orbit of Jupiter? The cycle of the moon? Please. It’s a circus act.

And here’s a reality check for you: Your own movements in a room, hell, your decision to stand on a chair, exert a more immediate and tangible gravitational influence on you than the distant meanderings of planets and stars. It’s absurd. It’s like claiming the flutter of a butterfly’s wing in Brazil sets off a tornado in Texas.

Don’t fall for it. Don’t be duped by the peddlers of minutiae. Focus on the real, the tangible, the things that genuinely dictate the quality of your life. The sun is the ultimate source, and it’s about time we started acting like it.

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Richard Nikoley

I started writing Free The Animal in late 2003 as just a little thing to try. 20 years later, turns out I've written over 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from diet, health, lifestyle...to philosophy, politics, social antagonism, adventure travel, expat living, location and time independent—while you sleep— income by geoarbitrage, and food pics. I intended to travel the world "homeless," but the Covidiocy Panicdemic squashed that. I became an American expat living in Thailand. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. ... I leave the toilet seat up. Read More

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