Invade, kill, seize & govern... repeat as necessary.
Human history is a "how to" guide for seeking, obtaining & maintaining power. And since raw physical aggression is the supreme authority from which all other authority derives, it's not difficult to image why war is our defining attribute. Competition is at the root of almost every relationship you have ever had. Fathers & sons do it; Siblings do it too; You do it in work & in play. Sean Connery has a line in the movie "The Rock" with Nick Cage... "Losers are always whining about their best. Winners go home and fuck the prom queen"
As offensive as that statement is, it is at the heart of every important social institution the world over.
To the victor go the spoils.
We define ourselves in this context. When you say you are good at something, what you mean is in the context of people who do something, you are better at it than many others... You're a winner.
No rational person would deny the endemic quality of competition to human nature... it's what we do.
Fast-forward to hydrocarbon depletion.
As appealing as the notion that mankind will transcend it's violent history & nature seems, the bitter reality is we fight about everything. As my father is fond of saying, "What you are doing today, is most likely what you will be doing tomorrow."
Makes sense. (Thanks dad)
We sit today enjoying the fantastic wealth created by hydrocarbon power... & still we fight.
If peak oil leads to less available oil, (which I believe it will), competition for these dwindling resources heats up as the stakes get higher. The game is afoot...
And as in any game, you must choose sides, or a side will be chosen for you. There are no spectators in the game of life & death... only winners & losers. Fence-sitting is simply not an option.
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