"There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why. I dream of things that never were and ask why not." -Robert F. Kennedy
Oil will go bust. There is no question about it. We will finally develop the alternative energy sources that we should have been working on 50 years ago or maybe we should have been working on them as soon as Henry Ford started the first mass production assembly line of cars. Steam engines were one of the first used. It’s just too bad we didn’t continue looking for alternatives, but now we will do so forced by the rising price of oil. We will hit a ceiling that even the American consumers will refuse to pay.
Alternative fuels and public transit are the wave of our future. Welcome it, embrace it. Become the alternative fuel.
I propose this expansion on the 3 R's: Rethink, Reinvent, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
First of all we must rethink. This is the time for a renaissance of invention. We have the resources, we have the impetus, we have the mission. We must not keep doing things the same old way. Change is good. Being responsible with our natural resources and to our world-wide community does not mean we have to return to the stone age. I believe we are on the precipice of an explosion of invention. Remember: Necessity is the Mother of Invention.
We have to simply turn our approach upside down. Many people start with recycling. Flip that thought...and THINK. Rethink. Find new ways of doing things that don't waste resources. INVENT and re-Invent. Come up with new processes. Then reduce, reuse, recycle. It starts with each and everyone of us.
We must develop the belief and incorporate into our every thought that there are many great ideas and solutions waiting to be found. Believe it can be done. Believe in yourself. Believe in a higher power. Have faith. We have each been given a resource of unbelievable power - it sits on our shoulders enshrined in our skulls and covered (some more than others) with locks of hair. I hear that those bald heads are actually burning hotter and smarter and are a sign of genius maybe because they are unlocked. :-)
Worry and doubt are useless tools for finding solutions. Unleash your mind to begin working on solutions. The mind is a fascinating thing. From what I have read, the mind always thinks in the positive. If you say "I must not forget to go to the store," you are more likely to forget than if you say "I must remember to go to the store." This is why a "mantra" may actually work.
A saying from the Vedas claims that "Speech is the essence of humanity." All of what humanity thinks and ultimately becomes is determined by the expression of ideas and actions through speech and its derivative, writing. Everything, the Vedas maintain, comes into being through speech. Ideas remain unactualized until they are created through the power of speech. Similarly, The New Testament, Gospel of John, starts "In the beginning was The Word. And the Word was with God and the Word was God..." (Sansritmantra.com)
So to summarize: Think it, Speak it, Invent it, Be it. YOU are the solution to our world energy challenges. Yes WE CAN. We can make a difference.
As a very wise and productive man once said, "See a snake, kill a snake." Sorry PETA, this is only a metaphor. It means if you see something that needs to be done, DO IT. YOU ARE THE ANSWER. BE THE ANSWER.