Starting a Sun Cult
It’s time for a new micro-religion
I just realized that three days before my own recent doomer post discussing John Michael Greer, James Howard Kunstler, and Dmitry Orlov, Daniel Pinchbeck wrote about the very same trio in the context of peak oil.
Peak Oil authors included James Howard Kunstler, Richard Heinberg, John Michael Greer, and Dmitri Orlov, among others. They followed the famous projection of “Hubbert’s Peak,” which accurately predicted a steep decline in US oil production after 1970, to argue that the world was going to start running low on fossil fuels during the last decade. According to their dire forecasts, we should be experiencing regular brownouts and shortages already.
What happened instead, of course, was that energy companies developed new, powerful techniques for accessing unconventional reserves of oil and gas, such as fracking and the extraction of fossil fuels from tar sands. America actually revved up its energy production to become the world’s leading producer of oil and natural gas once again. I started to wonder if I had a psychological tendency to gravitate to the darker, grimmer, interpretations of the evidence. Perhaps I was biased toward an apocalyptic framing and things weren’t actually quite so bad.
In shamanic cultures synchronicities are recognized as signs you are on the right path.
Apparently the synchromysticism of collapsitarianism is breaking open my head right now. I’ve been in the mood to research energy cults lately but maybe I should just start my own. A Twitter friend recently said this:
I like the idea of a sun cult. Maybe my interest in Net Energy Metering and distributed generation betrays a deep inner yearning. I’ve tweeted before about brutalist shamanism, maybe it’s time to activate that as a spiritual brand too.
Much to consider.