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The world is nutty. Modern systems of production, distribution, and marketing have overwhelmed us with decisions, most of which matter very little to our personal happiness but have effects that impact not only people we'll never meet in places we'll never go, but those close by that we know and love for generations.

Hucksters with huge budgets try to convince us that their product, system, or candidate can solve with a simple slogan problems that took generations to develop. When I stop to think through the impact of every dollar I spend and choice I make, it's overwhelming. Even my self image is a product sold back to me. The modern world is a very complicated place, and it is extremely difficult to make sense of it all and make good decisions.

One thing I know is that as far as energy goes, we are living on borrowed time. We have been convinced that oil and oil-dependent resources like large-scale solar and wind generation are the only answer to keeping the gravy train rolling. I wish I knew how much money Big Oil spends marketing their vision of the future to the masses, but I suspect it is very high. They want our future to seem inextricably tied to them, and to mass production of energy.

I have chosen a different mindset. The world is what it has been for a long, long time, and this is because the human heart is what it is. I choose to not believe that my family's fate is necessarily tied to the fate of “all mankind.” I have chosen to keep it simple.

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