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Several of the things he says echo my own beliefs, and I repeat them here for your reflection. (2020 update: The ones I’ve highlighted here seem less important now, so I added some other highlights at the bottom.)
#8 Try to live near a subway entrance.
In a world of crazy-expensive oil, it’s the only real estate that will hold its value, if not increase.
#9 The suburbs are doomed, especially those E.T. California-style suburbs .
This is a no-brainer, but the former homes will make amazing hangouts for gangs, weirdoes and people performing illegal activities. The pretend gates at the entranceways to gated communities will become real, and the charred stubs of previous white-collar homes will serve only to make the still-standing structures creepier and more exotic.
#13 Enjoy lettuce while you still can.
And anything else that arrives in your life from a truck, for that matter. For vegetables, get used to whatever it is they served in railway hotels in the 1890s. Jams. Preserves. Pickled everything.
That’s pretty much how I think it’s going to happen. I’ve been saying for a couple of years that anyone who is still planning, allowing, building or buying a house in the suburbs is an idiot. In the world of fuel shortages, the distance your house is from
#20 North America can easily fragment quickly as did the Eastern Bloc in 1989.
Quebec will decide to quietly and quite pleasantly leave Canada. California contemplates splitting into two states, fiscal and non-fiscal. Cuba becomes a Club Med with weapons. The Hate States will form a coalition.
When Canada held a Referendum in 1995 to decide if we wanted Quebec to stay close or fuck off, a lot of people were shocked. I was too, for about two seconds, at which point I realized that this world of stable, mostly uncontested borders is recent, and weird.
Things change. Things are gonna keep changing, and they’re gonna change quickly.
There are a few other gems in the article, I recommend you read it.
So, yeah, in the last decade different things have apparently become more important to me. If I may quote again from M. Coupland’s article:
#22 Your sense of time will continue to shred. Years will feel like hours
#24It is going to become much easier to explain why you are the way you are
Much of what we now consider “personality” will be explained away as structural and chemical functions of the brain.
#35 Stupid people will be in charge, only to be replaced by ever-stupider people. You will live in a world without kings, only princes in whom our faith is shattered.
A pessimists guide indeed. But he was close to the mark for a lot of these.
[ May 30 2020 ]
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