5 Elemental Challenges — Air
Neither scholars nor detractors of SBNR have been slow in pointing out that it has relied on free market principles. Sometimes it can reek of affluence. What happens when the affluence goes away — which it is currently doing in many places?
The madness of the oil age has crested and is sinking into the madness of the post-oil age. This is the greater danger for which SBNR should be watching, but isn’t.
SBNR is everywhere, but there is a strong possibility of a big overlap between those who think prosperity will mount ever upwards, and those who charge $1,795 for a six-day workshop. I wish the latter were all fakers. I got the figure from the Monroe Institute.
Already the numbers who can afford that kind of thing are dropping. That way does not now represent a secure future for SBNR here in the West. There are plenty of SBNRs who already have good ideas here, but plenty more who are trying to ignore the need for sustainability amidst financial contraction.
All really durable spiritual ways know, not only how to persevere through lean times, but to be the way of so persevering, at best leading through example. Times of trial are tests of creativity. SBNR will have quite a few tests in the years ahead. Can it stick to what matters when some of its security blankets catch fire?