Choosing to live a self-sufficiently and sustainably is the best hedge

So I was browsing through my RSS reader and stumbled on this video that describes all the challenges that are facing humanity and I thought it was interesting that at the end it said “Because failure is not an option”. Here’s the video. I found it at Cold Antler Farm.

Failure may not a good choice but it may be a logical conclusion if humanity doesn’t act quickly.

I think we’re at a critical juncture in human evolution… and no not because some prophets say it is so. All you have to do is look a the extraordinary growth in technology and population over the past 100 years. We’ve been on a train that’s been exponentially increasing velocity and it will either continue on that acceleration curve or it won’t. My personal opinion is that it can’t continue and we’ve begun to feel the tremors of tracks taking us elsewhere.

I think we have three choices:

  1. Ignorantly allow collapse: We could continue to ignore the growing costs of exponential growth and continue living like a virus and hope that mother nature doesn’t have the perfect antibody for us.
  2. Leave it to our benevolent masters: We could continue to let the politicians and billionaires masterfully craft their vision of a civilization.
  3. Choose to live more self-sufficiently and sustainably: Each of us could choose to live a sustainable lifestyle in balance with our surroundings and learn to truly support ourselves.

The main benefit with #3 is that even if nothing bad happens and our civilization continues to flourish for a millenia you and your descendants will be able to live happy and healthy lives.

In other words choosing to live sustainably is the best hedge against anything the future brings… and best of all you don’t have to be a crazed fringe nut-job to choose it. You don’t even need to buy into any of the paranoia, you simply have to want to be happy and relatively immune to calamity.

Survival of the fittest, and the fittest adapt and innovate

As our technological world races faster and faster we see a common trend emerging. Innovation and meeting people’s needs always will always beat the competition in the long run.

Google appears to be at war with Microsoft as far as I can tell. Visit Google with Internet Explorer and in the top right of the page you’ll be strongly encouraged to switch to Google Chrome. I’ve been using Chrome on my Mac since they released it and I’m simply stunned at the stability and speed.

I’m not exactly your average computer user either and have years of experience managing teams of online application designs and web usability researchers. Not bragging just saying I’ve seen a lot of good and bad software and Google Chrome is amazing… an Internet Explorer Killer.

Apple has been rumored for months to have a breakthrough tablet in the works. Having watched Apple leapfrog the industry for a couple of decades now I suspect this new device will have the potential to stomp all over mono-function devices like Kindle and the print industry, just like it’s doing to the music industry. Apple could be positioned to steal more market share in print and recorded media markets.

Both of these examples illustrate the how the old-school digital and print world is loosing customers everyday because someone else from another industry is entering their information distribution world and stealing it away… simple because the newcomers aren’t bogged down in old-school thinking.

Survival of the fittest, and the fittest adapt and innovate.

Oh… by the way… television is next to go. Early adopters, like me, have already given up on that dreadful box and get our information and entertainment far more efficiently online. As Telcos speed up the internet more users will go online for their TV fix.