Especially for those of you who have read all of this blog, I think I've been fairly clear that I expect us to be living in a future where little of anything is similar to what we experience now. For a little while today I spent some time imagining what a future could look like if things got really bad. This is actually a message of hope. My vision of what we are capable of leads to a stable healthy and enjoyable situation. I expect most of society to suffer greatly but I believe whole communities and small municipalities could start now and create a resilient enough local economy and infrastructure to make the transition to a very functional future.
Individuals and small groups can do the same thing and maybe in the process help others to get by. So in my musings, after pulling some fresh thick crusted caraway whole wheat rye bread out of the oven, I envisioned a time maybe 2 years into the long emergency when a couple stops by who has been on the road almost the whole time but has managed to survive. They are wan. Life has not been easy and most of the people they have interacted with are doing really poorly. When somebody is even willing to share food it is not much and not good. Sometimes you don't even want to ask what you're eating. Most of the time folks insist that you get back on the road before dark because they don't want strangers around.
So we invite them to come in. They are cautious but curious too. As it is mid-afternoon, we have just pulled several loaves of sourdough whole wheat rye bread out of the oven made from grain we grew last year and ground fresh this morning. We sit them down at a table and place some fresh warm bread, some fresh butter, some farmers cheese, and a bowl of fruit in front of them and get each of them a tall glass of cool filtered water. They sit dumbfounded and look up at us as if to say,"Are you serious?"
We assure them it is all for them and let them know that they should enjoy the meal and we'll have time to talk after. To make a long story short, I could continue on in story form but they end up staying for a couple of weeks while they regain their health. They work and play alongside us during that time and we send them on their way better dressed and better provisioned than they have been in a long time. They are invited to stay but they are trying to reach their children farther east. A good map in hand, they go on their way. Now after considering what that would be like, consider the paradigm shift that occurred in the visitor's minds the moment they sat down at our table and realized that we do have the capacity to create something beautiful, healthy and functional.
Have some fun! Imagine One Possible Future.