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Saturday, May 26, 2012
This image is part of a portfolio exchange project that questions the
ramification of the world's increasing demand on oil. The title refers to the
Latin translation for the "Black Death" or as we know it: the Great Plague
that ransacked Medieval Europe and killed off nearly one half of the
continent's population. This occurred because of several reasons, one being
population density in urban centers which saw the rapid spread of the plague
but also due to unregulated commerce which brought the disease from the east in
the first place. This unabated commercialism was the result of high demand of
inexpensive commodities and goods, without concern of quality. Before this
time, the Roman Empire had a well maintained, regulated
and taxed shipping and commerce system, which prevented any major pandemic from
taking hold. Medieval Christianity had no such standards but learned its lesson
which helped bring about the Renaissance. We are now reliving the complications
brought about from unchecked consumerism which oil consumption is the heart of.
The catastrophe this time however will not be a mere pandemic but environmental
destruction on a scale which will make life for human civilization untenable.
Of course we offer our up our future generations to this fate in the struggle
to consume as many manufactured goods as possible.