Collapse is something that weighs heavily on the mind that contemplates it. Curiously there are minds who do not contemplate this inevitability, or at least they claim not to. These people go through their lives in a state of mind that is beyond me, focusing exclusively on the short term. Never concerned with events beyond their immediate needs, wants and desires.
On the other side of this are people who think about collapse constantly and expend every waking moment preparing for it. This isn’t rational either, this seems like putting all of your eggs in one basket, a basket on its way to hell.
(I am not referencing or restarting a pod beef here, TSP has put quite some time into saying that people who prep exclusively with the intent of ruling over the rubble are deluding themselves, and I thank them for that.)
Collapse of civilizations is something I have studied off and on almost my entire life. Personally I think one should accept that collapse is an inevitable part of civilization. Buildings, bridges, waterworks and rooooooads don’t last forever.
As a result of all these casual studies I have formed the opinion that if something is collapsing that is just realities way of telling you that you are doing something wrong. I can think of no better example than the meme below.
Their best system is no longer, you won’t see strapping young warriors having their hearts ripped out by priests atop a great stone altar anywhere anymore, I hope, feel free to correct me in the comments section if I am wrong.
In a way though this does go on, young warriors are being sacrificed in conflicts in various locations. But is it for more tangible rewards? We can reasonably assume that the Aztec gods did not descend from the clouds and defer glory on those priests and kings who presided over those horrific rituals. We do know that certain people are making a ton of money and gaining tremendous political power by waging various pointless wars all over the globe.
As long as civilizations continue to screw up they will continue to collapse. Then be reborn into something else, and the cycle will begin again. If environmental failure doesn’t nail us then rebellion against the status quo or some kind of phenomena as yet unknown will get us. Our modern world, not just the United States or even all of the first world countries have too many marks on the liability side of the ledger and too few in the assets column for things to continue as they are. That’s not just me saying that, if I may use an appeal to popularity and Ad Verecundiam fallacy, it’s a whole bunch of people who research such things for a living who say that.
So with collapse of some sort being inevitable what must one do to prepare for it? Well don’t ask me, my preparations for the failure of our state of mind haven’t gone much further than a firearms hobby, study of moldy old ruined states, trying to be friendly with my neighbors and a police ride along. I can’t tell you what is going to happen, I can make a guess. I am of the opinion that with so many transformative technologies beboping and scatting all over the place that we might be facing an orchestrated collapse of unspeakable ugliness in order to prevent people becoming aware of just how worthless the state is.
But that’s just my opinion, and an opinion on things in a grand scale. On a small scale if you want to avoid collapse you should accept that the world functions by certain immutable rules. That life should be viewed through the lens of critical thinking and the non aggression principle. Personal sanity may not be reflected by a wider world, but being awake to the cruel jokes that make up most of reality is probably worth it in the long run.
You may be the one sane person in a world full of lunatics but if things are that ugly you can at least take solace in the fact that you are aware and are not actively contributing to collapse.