See Kitteh eat. See Kitteh play. See Kitteh poop. See Kitteh travel in planes, trains and automobiles. See Kitteh play with dangly string….
Konsumer Kitteh buys a car to drive to the mall to buy clothes to go to a job to buy a car to drive to the mall (or order from Amazon/Chewy, which brings your stuff in trucks and airplanes). One day Kitteh gets a sniffle and then all of the other kittehs feel like cornered rats so they start fighting over the last morsel of moldy pizza because competing is always how they have gotten anything (especially ‘better’ things than that other kitteh bitch).
Teaching kittehs to behave that way is a tax deduction for the corporations and a windfall for government (instead of having to actually do any educating of citizens, they let corporations teach them to be consumers and pretend that’s better than being useful to themselves or their place).
The first thing to realize is the underlying Fanatical Competicism over competing fanaticisms. Churches compete, for Christ’s sake (is it, though?).
Now that most of the fluffy bunny tail of our economy is turning out to be attached right at the shithole of resource waste and privileged luxury behaviors (airplanes and Sportsball all around!), the world is really just seeing the unraveling of the threads of a string that we have been playing at called “The Economy”. The other end of each fiber is attached to Nature. The very same Nature that civilization, religion and competitive economies were designed to isolate us from. Now, as our idiot konsumer kittehs pull that string, the whole shelf of knick knacks is coming down with the twine ball.
We had warnings when peak oil awareness started 30 years ago, 48 years ago, 65 years ago, and 80 years ago when WWII began as a government-corporate love fest in Germany and Japan. We never really defeated that love fest; it was just diverted from shootin’ wars to consumerism (war against reality) and wars to support corporate property rights.
Reality bites back. Hard.