The collapse of civilization is speculation about the future. Collapse hasn’t happened yet. Some say you can’t know the future. Who the hell would really want that? You would be as miserable as you would be rich. But, guess what? I predict that you will go to bed tonight and wake up tomorrow, and likely many days more. See? Predicting the future is easy.
There is a documentary on Netflix called, The Future Of Water.
Oh great!, you might say, another depressing doom documentary. This is anything but! It is one of the most beautiful nature documentaries I ever saw, the nature of people. It is about the history of people and water.
The film is not just about the future of water, it is about the history of water, and how that history formed civilization. It is about how water has taken us to where we are today. It’s like the anthropology of water. It’s not pretty, but the cinematography is sublime. The music is authentic. Especially when you see an old woman play a stringed black water jug.
We have bet the future history of civilization against the diminishing future of water, that future trends against us, and not for us. Population centres are exploding right exactly where the world’s water is polluted, drying up, or becoming extremely erratic. There are only a few mega major river systems on earth, all fed from the same mountains. These mountains are like water towers. Rivers like the Nile flow through 10 different countries with everybody upstream rushing to build more dams. There will be conflict with a 100% Money Back Lifetime Guarantee!
When the tiny mountain country of Lesotho in South Africa tried to take control of their own water in 1998, Nelson Mendela sent in the warplanes to kill protesters on a major dam, six of them died, and the people of Lesotho became hostages to their own water. Now I know that most of you didn’t know that, and that’s why you must watch this show. Nelson Mandela is not considered exactly a bad guy, but ya gotta wonder, what would people like Trump or Clinton do?
So far, I have only watched the first episode of The Future Of Water. It was titled, The Waterlords. The narrator has spent years witnessing and researching the history of water. Just on watching the first episode, you will understand how the historical political geography of water is taking us down stream to our destiny. China and India will fight over Tibet. India and Pakistan will fight over Kashmir. Pakistan and India are even now fighting an unknown war high in the mountain peaks, people call it, The War Of The Heavens.
Water will be the new golden scepter of power. It’s a Mad Max world after all. When all is said and done, more will be done than said! Well, at least that’s different. Power talks, bullshit walks.
In my last post, I wrote that if you want to see where we are going, you have to see where we are now. I was wrong. You also have to see where we came from, and civilization came from water. Okay, I’m done writing, and since I got the day off, I’m gonna go watch the second episode right now, and then I’m gonna git drunk and play my guitar. Cheers.
Note: This film was made in 2007 when climate science was in its infancy.
See: The Melting Third Pole, or what I call Pole 2.5.