Well, it’s two years since I have posted on this blog. Since then, I have dealt with death, divorce and disease on the personal front. Apologies for the silence: when you are being emotionally clubbed over the head, then you lack the bandwidth to write.
Meanwhile, the replacement of man by machine has continued apace, Arctic sea ice extent is flirting with new lows (so climate change remains the spectre at the feast) and commodities have demonstrated abundance not scarcity. Politics and economics, the two loves of my life, are all over the place. The science of well-being evolves, but the political establishment generally looks back for truths instead of forward.
Individuals aware of the existential threats to the existing order wrestle over whether to retreat into a narrow, local world (look inward) or challenge the existing orthodoxies (look outward).
So, yes, we are living though interesting times. Technology as Diamandis and Kotler’s biblical ‘abundance’ or Kunstler’s technology as false magic. We may be sitting on an exponential curve of technology, but we are certainly sitting on a similar curve of climate change. And all this is taking place against a backdrop of political, economic, legal and social institutions designed for the 1900s. A lot to talk about.