Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Mental and Physical and Spiritual preparation for peak oil

Here's an interesting perspective on preparing for the Oil Peak phenomenon. That is, to think about the stages of acceptance of death as outlined by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross.


The Oil Drum: Sadly, It Truly Isn't Just a River in Egypt


When you teach people about how to learn about/research complex problems, they are usually instructed to follow some version of this process:

  1. identify the process through which social problems are constructed,
  2. identify existence of the social problem,
  3. identify core causes of the social problem,
  4. identify structural solutions to the social problem, and
  5. identify individual actions that contribute to structural solutions.


Americans are at various stages of awareness and acceptance of our addiction to oil. Viewed from afar, the range of public attitudes seems remarkably similar to the five stages of grief famously described by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, or acceptance. (the Kubler-Ross ideas were initially recorded here by Bob Burnett)

This reminds me of the Gasoholics Anonymous pledge I was inspired to write a few years ago.


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