Very mixed. More wrong than right.
I was very prepared, solar power, strong house, months of reserve water and food, generators – then a 7.8 quake hit. Day 1 I was fine. By day two, it was clear that most people had made little or no preparations, and without a lot of external help, all of my preparations would have been used up in a few days by people who were hungry and thirsty.
Agree that massive redundancy at all levels is an essential part of security.
And more important is being cooperative, and helping those who need help.
That was done here in Kaikoura – mostly. The response from others was mostly great. Tourists were airlifted onto navy vessels, and transported to Christchurch from where they could continue their journeys.
It seems to me that the idea of using markets to measure value is now becoming the single largest existential risk to humanity. I argue that the fact that markets always value universal abundance at zero is now the single greatest cause of perceived injustice in the world.
It seems clear to me that we have the opportunity to adopt technologies that supply an abundance of all essentials to everyone. So in that sense I am optimistic.
It also seems clear that we are generally becoming more aware of the necessity of being individually responsible in both social and ecological contexts.
So I am cautiously optimistic that things will get better in all dimensions.
And there are some caveats.
We need to acknowledge that high order complexity demands both cooperation and responsibility, and that levels of advanced morality are essential to the survival of complex societies.
So while I am all in favour of individual life and individual liberty, both demand responsible action in both social and ecological contexts.
And sure, with complexity comes expansion of threat, and cooperation and openness are the most effective mitigation strategies to that risk. It is a really complex position we find ourselves in.