So. I’ve been thinking about this society we live in as a whole. Had a conversation yesterday with the coworkers about homelessness and the lack of jobs and the stupidity of the housing situation and I said something off-handed about how the whole thing was flawed. The solutions to the problems didn’t work because the system was flawed to start with and therefore produced the problems that plague it now. Just how it is flawed is not immediately obvious, but it’s been running a circular track in my head since then. The Whirlwind recently bought a house and was saying how she’s glad she’s got out of the condominium market. I can honestly say it’s not a place I’d want to be in the next ten years because right now they’re going for insane amounts and there is no way such prices can be maintained. The bottom has to fall out of it sooner or later, especially considering the number of employed homeless people there are in the city. Yes, employed. Hotels are renting by the week and people are sharing these rooms for lack of any available apartments. Shelters are full every night and they wonder why there are still people sleeping in sleeping bags in store entrances all over downtown. Because there’s no room in the shelter! We encourage people to come live in Victoria – half the people who buy these condos are from the states or other provinces, who buy them as retirement or second homes. We encourage tourism to keep the economy running but we have too many overeducated people in the city who need to earn more than the minimum wage offered in the touristy shops. Not to mention however many million they have slated for an LRT and other transit initiatives. Hrm… something isn’t quite adding up here.
I think the whole process was started by the shock I felt on hearing how there are food shortages these days – and not just in specific third world regions either. These are enough to affect the price of rice and wheat, and the availability of things like bananas here in my home town. Is it just me that feels that? I don’t think so. I think there was some of that strange suspended hysteria in the later conversation where the Whirlwind stated that she wasn’t going to be having any kids. She has many reasons for this, but she was on a tack about how there are too many people on the planet as it is, so this was her way of doing her part. Lady J chimed in and said she wasn’t having any either, and what on earth was I thinking wanting one? So I grinned back at her and said “It’s not like I want twelve of them, now is it?”
But not having kids isn’t the solution is it? The shortages are caused by unfavourable weather conditions where these crops have been grown. Weather conditions affected by global warming – a phenomenon that certain politicians in the states have seen fit to scoff at and dismiss as alarmist propaganda. (I’ll hunt up articles later, I know I’ve bookmarked them out of sheer fury.) Now, recycling and taking the bus everywhere is hardly enough to stop the process that’s recently become something we can no longer ignore. (I mean, hello? Snow? in April? the complete lack of a summer last year? I’m not imagining things.) So what do we do? Hang on and wait it out?
I mean yes, I do what I can to minimize my impact, but I’m still a cog in the wheel so to speak. I can join rallies and write letters and other things, but what else is there and does anyone really think it will be enough? (Short of sabotaging the multi-million dollar vehicle industry or something, of course =P)
listening to: Poe – Hello