shortages will occur, and oil prices will surge. Industries that depend heavily on oil willhave to cut back. Aren’t we already seeing this happen?At present there’s no resource that can substitute for oil’s versatility or its integration intomodern society. Oil is used to run farming equipment and transport food. It’s used in plastics — your home is probably filled with petroleum-based products. Even the tires onyour car are made with oil, about 7 gallons per tire. It’s not a resource that can be easilyreplaced. As oil runs out, some lifestyle changes are inevitable.
There’s no need to deny that certain resources are scarce. Scarce resources are part of the story of earth.If life is a dream, then what sense does it make for there to be scarce resources? Can’tyou just think your way into limitless abundance?Limits and constraints make for interesting story. If there are no constraints, there’s nostory. Life in a constraint-free world would be incredibly boring.Abundance isn’t the same thing as limitlessness. If you lived in a truly limitless world,would you feel a sense of abundance? More likely you’d suffer from gluttony, boredom,and laziness. It would be a disappointing and uninspiring dream to endure.This may appear unintuitive at first glance, but abundance requires scarcity.
Abundance and scarcity are equally valuable teachers. They both teach us gratitude, but indifferent ways.When there’s a constant presence in your life, you’ll tend to take it for granted. You’llcome to expect that it will always be there. But when you have to do without for a while, itgives you the opportunity to appreciate what you have even more.
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