Banks are failing globally, the credit crunch has turned into the meltdown, and 2008 is becoming 1929. Bizarrely, this massive implosion appeared rather innocently in an I Ching reading I made last year when I asked about selling my flat and moving.
I can hear sarcasm and ridicule from rationalists, too nervous to desert their pints of proof, resounding about the cold, tiled Victorian toilets of their tiny minds, but what the fuck. I do read the I Ching sometimes, and I also read the Tao Te Ching, and hey, I study Lao Tzu. I find them all useful, representing a key philosophy in my understanding of life, and I thank God they are there for me.
Remembering this unexpected guidance, I spent this year of 2008 reiterating regularly to my nearest and dearest – who know me well enough to know that I tend to balance the artistic and irrational with the sublimely logical – to remember that the shit would really hit the fan in September. No, I kept saying, shit will REALLY hit the fan. It says here (points to HEXAGRAM 20)
Yes, but that’s just you asking about your flat sale, came the reply.
Sure, I said, but if it’s relevant, it will appear.
In all of these things, interpretation is important. So, I interpreted future events, it turns out, pretty accurately. And, I just had an idea that the fan would be big and this torrid pile of stinking capitalist shit would be spread wide – wide enough to affect my minor domestic transaction.
Thus, this year I have spent the past eight months quietly and deeply reorganising my life on the basis of this esoteric advice, as well as my own observations, and I’m ninety nine percent finished.
Just one addition: while capitalism spasms like a dying man in need of medical intervention which it cannot afford, I’ve been finding some comfort in this remarkable conceptual framing of the situation and its possible outcomes by Dmitry Orlov, Closing the ‘Collapse Gap’. As my friend The Obstructionist points out, you can find fault with some of Orlov’s comparisons – especially if you’re not prepared to see the vulnerability of the United States framed in terms of other dissimilar nations – but his detailed comparison of the US with the USSR at the end of communism is fascinating and absorbing reading.
See you on the vegetable plot.