Net energy from oil fizzling out, global warming, mass extinction, mounting global debt, and worse — Sailing in uncharted waters, time to re-think everything

Part 12 of Looking down the barrel — the Tooth Fairy & the Dragon-King

Dr Louis Arnoux
Oct 30, 2017 · 22 min read
Sailing in force 10 storm.[1]

Previously in Looking down the barrel…

This is our last post in the Looking down the barrel series on the emerging global demand for something else than what we currently have.

A — Sailing in uncharted waters

Futureless

In a 2013 interview, 1994 Japanese literature Nobel prize winner Kenzaburô Oê explained how for a long time he had difficulty understanding a verse of Dante’s Divine Comedy, but that after the Fukushima catastrophe it began to make sense to him. He referred to a moment when “the future seems to be shut: the knowledge we used to have about the world and society now appears void of meaning”:[1]

A new “game”

Figure 3 — How to think the future when there is none left?

Is there any way out of the “heart of darkness”?

Figure 4 — Some scenario examples

The “Red Queen” and its inversion

Figure 5 — the Red Queen dilemma

In our next chapter, B — Time to re-think everything to forge our way out of OFDK’s heart of darkness, we explore how to use our strategic decision scenario method to possibly catalyse a new viable future.

[1] Pons, Philippe, 2013, “Kenzaburô Oê: écrire sans avenir [Kenzaburô Oê: to write without a future]”, in Le Monde, 13 November.

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