There has been a new documentary circling around on the internet since yesterday and I have a feeling this is going to be a major hit. It is a documentary by Michael Moore called Planet of the Humans.
While it is an eyeopener to find out, for those who haven’t yet, that the current technologies and methods we use for green energy aren’t green at all. In fact, new innovations make no difference compared to the previous innovations we used. There is however a solution (or rather a method of delay) that the system is going to implement with a sleight of hand trick.
Michael Moore, and many others, are attacking the system incorrectly, if they value wildness. If not, they are doing a great job pushing the system into a direction it is already going. In the documentary they proposed the following:
i) limit population growth
ii) limit energy consumption
I don’t agree with the above proposals for a very simple reason: because humans are obligated to adjust to the needs of the system. In essence it is again a “The System’s Neatest Trick” strategy. Many people who advocate limitations on population growth and energy consumption will be silenced once the system regulates population growth and energy consumption. The system will expand itself and its destruction continues while it takes control of loose ends. It won’t be the system that limits its own energy consumption, it is us who will. Thus the problem persists.
What people do not realize is that we are able to increase in numbers because of industrial civilization and only because the system has not regulated population growth and energy consumption yet. Without modern medicine, modern housing, and industrial agriculture we would not be able to proliferate.
Once the system decides who gets children and who doesn’t (and which industries uses most energy) instead of the natural world, it has to taken care (temporarily) of the problem of overpopulation and excessive energy consumption. In the wild nature it is nature who controls such factors, not the system. In the wild nature it is often the weak who are not surviving. So in essence by limiting population growth and energy consumption we are helping the system by giving it control. The system takes away our last bit of freedom, autonomy and dignity and continues its own expansion, destruction and control.
What is life if not lived naturally and free from artificial systems?