Today I want to point out Shepherd Bliss' editorial about emotional responses to peak oil. He even encourages the reader to email him about their own process.
A learning curve with respect to oil depletion is important. We should also consider that there is a feeling curve that might go something like denial, doubt, anger, fear, bargaining, acceptance. It wouldn't always occur in this order, or with all these stages; some people jump ahead, then back. With the learning and feeling curves can come a doing curve. Many people are acting and making major changes in their work, relationships, and habits related to transportation and where to live.
Which stage might you be in with respect to Peak Oil? What do you need to move to another stage? Perhaps there are stages you have experienced that I have not described. If so, please explain them to me at email@example.com. I am interested to understand how we can reach more people with the information and metaphors that could convey the Peak Oil situation and helpful ways of responding to it.
I think it is helpful to understand that our emotional states are often stages in a broader process. In other words "this, too, shall pass." It also enables us to take advantage of the emotional energy that gets triggered. We need to do something with it--and the doing of which makes us feel better.