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January 1st, 2009

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04:53 pm - 2008-9
Like so many of you, judging by the posts, we ended 2008 feeling a bit stunned, a bit sad. There have been good things in the last 12 months, both personally, and in the big world (Obama I suppose the best of these). But the overall feeling of the year is that one has been dealt a heavy blow, and whether one will ever quite recover is still in grave doubt.

The fact remains that our civilisation is based utterly on a resource which is running out. Yet for myself and my family I remain quite optimistic. But I can't help thinking that the individual Anasazi and Maya and no doubt the final Romans remained personally optimistic in the last weekends before their cities fell.

I don't often recount dreams but last night I dreamed I saw a baby lying on the ground, dying. I thought it was not saveable, but I gave it some water to drink, and it sprung back to life and began laughing and crawling about happily. Hopefully a new year omen.

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Date:January 1st, 2009 06:04 pm (UTC)
Not that I'm trying to say my dreams are of any importance. But some part of my subconscious must feel there is cause for optimism.
Date:January 2nd, 2009 06:39 am (UTC)
Amazing dream.
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Date:January 2nd, 2009 05:15 pm (UTC)
I hope it is an omen
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Date:January 2nd, 2009 05:02 am (UTC)
I don't see civilisation collapsing, capitalism imploding or the environment falling apart. I just see most things getting slightly worse than they are now. Culture becoming marginally more moronic, social control becoming more annoyingly petty and repressive. More silly rules and regulations about every imaginable aspect of life. The economy will go up and down as it always has. People will butcher each other in the name of religion or ideology, as they always have. Voters will behave irrationally and make stupid choices based on prejudice and ignorance, as they always have. The dumbing down of the internet will continue, with facebook becoming the model for the future.
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Date:January 2nd, 2009 09:45 am (UTC)
The more I see of facebook, the greater my enthusiasm for livejournal.

Capitalism imploding etc? It will come, I suppose, but it won't come this year.

Social control becoming more annoyingly petty and repressive? - yes. And there is a whole, well not class, but type, of person who thrives in this environment like fishes in the sea: busy-bodies, biddies and jobsworths.

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