We are at an open moment in our economic and social history — a crossroads where, depending on which values we wish to emphasize and which old ones, if any, we are prepared to drop because they have become outdated and dangerous.

I’ve written about a potential positive future resulting from the current challenges we face and will soon be facing as our economy collapses…

Or…This is How Civilization Finally Changes for the Better

…that I wrote in conversation with In conversation with This is How Our Civilization Ends … A Brief, Scary History of the Next Three Decade by umair haque, whose description of a quite scary dystopia reflects a quite plausible opposite direction.

I’m afraid we have far worse to come than most of the living have been through, save the few surviving WWII soldiers and those who fought in Korea and Vietnam and other wars since.

The USA has had the benefit of not having had a war fought on our soil since the Civil War. This pandemic is far beyond the ability of most to imagine much less comprehend.

In some ways I am lucky because I’ve had to struggle to survive economically [as well as emotionally] since I became too disabled to work in 1998. I am lucky because so far my income [social security and a tiny annuity] is pretty much the same as before, tho I’ve not been able to access the food pantry for a few months.

So it will be a while before things get really bad for me…when, for instance, food gets more scarce and the right foods [I need gluten free and lactose free] are harder to find. Not to mention prices will shoot through the roof.

Now is the time for all of us to learn how to prepare frugal meals so that when the time comes, it will not be a difficult transition.

Retired professor, feminist, writer, photographer, activist, grandmother of 5, overall Wise Woman. Phd UIA School of Journalism & Mass Communication, 1994.

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