Introduction to Contemporary Civilization: A Syllabus (1921

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This episode presents the synthesis of East and West. 4. Finally, after his first reading of the Bhagavad-gita, the classic summary of Vedic philosophy known as The Song of God, he felt he had found the last piece of the puzzle he had been putting together through all of his research. But she has written to me on three separate occasions and every time I answered her as if I were writing to a queen. Fuller sai d that if oil were priced by the benefit that humans received, every barrel should cost $1 million.� But because it takes relatively little human effort to obtain oil, it sells for only about $100 per barrel today (and $50 in early 2015, as another easy money bubble is collapsing).� Similarly, the Sun�s energy powers the hydrological cycle, without which there would not be land-based life.� If humans had to desalinate water instead of rely on the Sun for the energy to provide fresh water, and humanity did not have an energy source such as fossil fuels, humans would quickly go extinct.� But because nature provides the water that humans use and nobody pays for it (a concept that is eroding, as corporations are busy privatizing humanity�s water supplies ), neoclassical economists ignore the critical economic benefits provided by the hydrological cycle. [855] �Homogenizing everything with market prices and then creating differential calculus analytics is not helpful for understanding how the world really works.� Neoclassical economists have tried to divorce energy consumption from economic production, but such analyses only have seeming validity if the way that the world actually works is ignored.� A merican food production takes nearly 20% of the USA�s energy use, and more than 10 calories of fossil fuels are burned to provide every calorie of food eaten. [856] � The concept of diminishing returns and energy consumption applies to national economies.� Poorer nations receive a relatively large benefit for incremental energy use, while the industrialized nations do not get as great a proportional increase. [857] � But statistics such as worker productivity in the USA had a tight linear relationship with energy use for 80 years, from 1905 to 1984, when the Reagan administration ceased collecting the data. [858] In very r eal terms, economic production relies on work performed, and the scientific definition of work is what economic work is rooted in.� Moving an automobile or airplane requires work.� Moving water requires work, as does running a household appliance or computer.� Electricity can power a machine or a light.� Energy consumption causes work to be performed, and that is why energy consumption and GDP have that tight relationship .� Neoclassical economists, with their supply and demand curves and other social/monetary constructs generally disregard that relationship, as they abandoned the real world for social theories, which is why scientists do not have much respect for them .� Those all-too-rare econo mists challenging neoclassical economics from a scientific perspective focus on energy above all else, and the labor and technological capital (real capital, not the accounting claim on it that capitalists have) that use that energy to turn material resources into useful products and services.� They focus on the real economy and actual human benefit, in what I call the anthropocentric economy.� American Indians were astounded by the crazed European attitude, as gold rushes, genocide, and deforestation swept across their lands.� The Spanish obsession with gold was evident as early as the second day of Columbus�s �discovery� of the Western Hemisphere.� When the invaders finally found a civilization with ample gold a generation later, the Aztecs described the Spaniards in their throes of gold lust as �monkeys� and �pigs.� [859] � In light of the awesome cruelties subsequently inflicted on the natives, the priest Las Casas summarized the Spanish attitude with: �I say that they do not want to kill them directly, from the hate they bear them; they kill them because they want to be rich and have much gold, which is their whole aim, through the toil and sweat of the afflicted and unhappy.� [860] � That century-long gold rush bankrupted Spain .� R ecently, Canadian Indians stated: �Canada, the most affluent of countries, operates on a depletion economy which leaves destruction in its wake.� Your people are driven by a terrible sense of deficiency.� When the last tree is cut, the last fish is caught, and the last river is polluted; when to breathe the air is sickening, you will realize, too late, that wealth is not in bank accounts and that you can�t eat money.� [861] At this jun cture, I will ask my readers to perform an exercise that I first saw described by Peak Oil advocate Richard Heinberg, which is to lay aside data and graphs and just think about how energy makes everything in our daily lives possible.� Think about your food, water, mode of transportation, and materials that comprise your home and possessions, and think of the role that energy played in providing them.� Think about the energy that you use each day in powering your home and in your transportation, even if it is just walking.� Then imagine running out of energy.� When you flipped on a light switch, nothing happened.� When you turned on the tap, no water came out.� Your refrigerator stopped working, food deliveries to your community ceased, and no electricity, oil, gas, coal, or even wind or water power was available.� Everything in your life would come to a sudden halt.� When people have tried to demote energy below spirituality, social relations, or even made it irrelevant to economics, my question is for them to see what they can forego the longest: prayer/meditation, social interaction, sex, or energy.� The fossil fuels burned to power industrial civilization provide several hundred energy slaves for each American and no less than hundreds per person in every industrialized nation.� All that those energy-leveraged humans do is direct the energy, like holding the reins of a gigantic beast that each person rides each day.� Airline pilots half-joke that they begin their workday by strapping jet airliners to their waists.� Without that energy to direct in the myriad ways that industrialized humans use it, modern civilization would come to an abrupt end.

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Publisher: Cornell University Library (October 21, 2009)


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