A Lesson in Mass Insanity
I wonder if I will be able to finish this deck before the shit really hits the fan. Had a foretaste of this and I don’t like it. I wish humanity would just embrace change and rescue itself from the awful predicament looming on the horizon.
Things that need to change on the local level:
1. Supermarkets are evil. They rip off the consumer and the farmer and centralize the food distribution to a dangerous and wasteful degree. There needs to be more farmers markets with local produce, and more use of the most fertile land currently infested with idiotic and greedy urban sprawl. The flood plains are for growing things, not for living on. When the crisis struck people panicked and stripped the supermarkets bare of essentials. In one yuppy supermarket a fist fight broke out over bread and milk, while alternative goods like soy and rice and pasta were still in plenty on the shelves. This says to me that the insanity is more about what people believe they need, rather than what they actually need.
2. Over clearing of the land. This silts up the rivers and and makes flooding so much worse. It also creates a perfect environment, a fast and clear run for the kind of inland tsunami that proved so deadly. Not only killing people and masses of live stock and wild animals, but stripping the top soil off the food bowls of the state. You could see the topsoil in the floodwater. Here is a picture of the river water so you can see it. This topsoil is now causing terrible damage to sea life and the reef. The colour scheme of this card was inspired by this, the rich brown red volcanic soil that feeds us all, and the terrible turmoil of the flood waters.
There seems to be a kind of mass mania which desperately wants everything to return to ‘normal’ as quickly as possible. They want to be able to hide back in their delusions that the way they are living is sustainable and busyness allows them to avoid thinking. People go insane when their train tracks are removed. If they can’t manage to distract themselves with their daily routine (as was impossible when the city shut down) then they lose it. The really frightening thing is how thin a veneer this illusion of normality is, and that it’s built on a house of sand.
This country is the canary in the mine. It will be among the first to suffer from the increase in extreme weather events, because it is already so extreme and marginal. And of course the people hit hardest by this disaster are the poorest and most vulnerable. Like any Western country there is a vast gulf between the haves and the have nots. The rich will just chuck a bunch of money and misguided ‘help’ at the situation. Nothing will really change, just get much more desperate.
We are all far too addicted to our normality to consider change.