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The End! - Mike Folkerth - King of Simple

Mike Folkerth - King of Simple

Western Colorado

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The End!

Good Morning all of you bright minds out there in the real world; your King of Simple News is on the air.

Having some down time in the beauty of the high Colorado Mountains where cell phone signals never travel, I’ve been able to arrive at some important conclusions. While these are certainly my own collection of thoughts, they do represent the culmination of five years of near constant study.

It would have been great to have been able to write the end at the beginning without all of the hours of study and writing; but taking the trip was necessary to accurately report the road conditions.

I suppose the most important of my conclusions is that there was never another way that our short upward spiraling economic trip could have ended other than our present trip back down the same course. Humans are irrational, delusional, and are mentally rewarded by instant gratification. These are not traits that can be used in the same sentence with “sustainable.”

I do feel some relief in realizing that there was nothing that I or anyone else could have ever done to change the course of human events on a macro scale. The overwhelming desire for power and money was always in charge, always has been, and always will be.

But can’t we change? No.

Not so long ago in this very nation, it was acceptable to own another human being. Not long before that, a church elder could pronounce a person of their choosing to be a witch and the good citizens would cheerfully burn that so-called witch at the stake. Trust me, if we didn’t change all that much in 4,000 years, we haven’t done so in the last twenty.

We wear a thin veneer of justification and diversion away from the truth that we refer to as “civilized culture,” but remember; “After three days without food, the most civilized among us becomes a barbarian.”

Our human plan is single minded and laser focused; live off the finite resources of our planet until it is no longer possible, after which, “They” will come up with a new plan. Unfortunately there is no “They,” and there is no plan “B.”

It is the lack of control over our own conscious brains that makes this loony voyage to the inevitable end possible. Our subconscious brain simply reinvents our personal vision of reality to a palatable scenario on a daily basis. Don’t think so? Try explaining to the average person that compounding interest in a finite world is mathematically impossible. Good luck and take your lunch.

Try explaining that all things on a finite planet have physical limits. Or, that there is no such thing as 110 % of any physical asset. Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Denver, Dallas, Phoenix… cannot be built again; the physical assets to do so simply don’t exist. Yet, the SOLE plan is to continually expand those cities by “growing the economy,” into the next millennium.

Few people live with stark reality on a daily basis and those who do (I’m not making this up) are classified as “clinically depressed.” There is nothing quite as depressing as getting up every morning and realizing that most of the people surrounding you are crazy as hell.

What we as a species consider as “smart,” is our ability to borrow against the future in comparison to the lower animals that are forced to live in the here and now. We can totally deplete resources in a 50 year period that took millions of years to materialize, while a coyote’s resource chain is subject to the rabbits that materialize in a given year. The coyote’s numbers are held in check…ours are not.

Our unique ability to borrow against the future will someday be printed in the history books of the survivors as mans greatest defect. It will be seen as ludicrous as the old world belief that the world was flat.

It is important to understand that our resource base won’t slowly run out, but will instead quickly be depleted as the supply diminishes, population increases, and our ability to harvest those resources has been amplified through technology. Our decline will necessarily be a mirror image of our exponential incline; steep and swift.

Most believe that “They” has a last name of Technology. I, on the other hand, believe that technology is the fuel that has propelled us to warp speed on our certain collision course with physical reality.

So what does a person do with the above information? Most will simply allow their subconscious to rearrange their personal version of reality and will dismiss any negative connotations as pure poppycock as they turn on the nightly news and listen to the pundits explain how we are going to reproduce Los Angles, Chicago, Detroit, and New York City. Let the good times roll.

But how does a rational, clinically depressed individual process such a gloomy scenario? I would suggest seeking out compatibility and surrounding yourself with those who can deal with the truth. You can’t fly with the eagles and roost with the turkeys.

Adopt a live simple, live free, and live well philosophy on your own terms. Reduce your consumption immediately. Become as self sufficient as possible. Lose the big house, big car, big credit card, big payments and big head program and enjoy the free and simple pleasures that were always there for the taking. In the end, that’s about all I can offer

As I sign off, I want to once again thank all of my wonderful readers and commenters who have stuck with me over these last years. I have gained much more than I have given.

The site will remain up for the time being and please consider printing off my Show-Stoppers from the button at the top of this blog. I also have some left over books for anyone who wants a bargain. Just e-mail me from the “Contact” button for details.

This world can be a wonderful place for those who understand it. That said, I’m off to the mountains again where cell phone signals never travel.

On July 24th, 2010 at 8:08 am, Bill F said:

I appreciate the wisdom and practical good sense that has come out of this site and am sorry to see it come to an End. I can also see that on another level that there isn’t anything more to say. Good luck in the times ahead.

On July 24th, 2010 at 8:33 am, Hotrod said:


I think you have summed it up as well as I have ever seen. We are on a giant roller coaster and can only hang on the best we can. The Powers That Be are too entrenched and too strong for any meaningful change to happen until it becomes unavoidable.

This last post is the Truth and that is the best compliment I can bestow upon it.

If, for some crazy reason, you ever get close to Green Bay, WI I would love the opportunity to buy you lunch and talk about life in person.

Thank you for being a friend and mentor these past few years.

On July 24th, 2010 at 9:26 am, ClydeB said:

Amen, Hotrod.
You have been and will continue to be missed, Mike. Enjoy what is left.

On July 24th, 2010 at 9:30 am, Country Lady said:

Thank you, Mike, for this finale. You’ve said it, you proved it and you’ve repeated it. Let those who have ears to hear, absorb your words and take immediate action with the steps you list in today’s article.

Drop me an email occasionally, we would love to stay in touch. We can share gardening and animal stories, along with fishing and outdoor experiences.

Thanks to you and also to the participants in this site - you have added information, humor and lively discussions to our lives.

The very best to all of you and your families in the upcoming changes.

On July 24th, 2010 at 1:28 pm, Liz said:

Mike; I’ve decided to come out of the woodwork to say thanks. I’ve listened and (hopefully) learned a lot since I came across your site a year or so ago. All the best. Chimo.

On July 24th, 2010 at 7:32 pm, Karen Buley said:

With sadness I read your last post, Mike. How I am going to miss your logic and wisdom. On the radio, today, I heard, ” the best monetary discipline is to be “content ”
with what you have. So true! Believe in the power of the Lord and that truth will rise once more.

On July 24th, 2010 at 8:29 pm, Greg said:


Well said. Thank you for sharing your journey and insights with us.

Some may find your frank assessment of the human condition depressing; however, others will find it liberating.

As you have noted, it is likely that our lives will change in significant ways and fairly soon. There will be great uncertainty. If we cling to a Western/Capitalist mindset as the the world we believed was permanent unravels before our eyes, our confusion and pain will be considerable.

However, viewed from a different perspective…

“It is only when we realize that life is taking us nowhere that it begins to have meaning.” - P.D. Ouspensky

Thus shall ye think of all this fleeting world: A star at dawn, a bubble in a stream; A flash of lightning is an summer cloud, A flickering lamp, a phantom, and a dream.” - The Budda

“There is no solution, for there is no problem.” - Marcel Duchamp

“The thing we tell of can never be found by seeking, yet only seekers find it.” - Bayazid Bistami

“If you are not happy here and now, you never will be.” - Taisen Deshimaru

Everything is perfect, but there is a lot of room for improvement.” Shunryu Suzuki

This is not the time to cling to old views, although that is what humans do when they are threatened. We each have a limited capacity for making conscious decisions. We can let our genes make decisions for us; which most will do, or we can attempt to overcome our instincts. Just seeing the world without judgment, or trying to impose our foolish demands that it be as we command can be liberating.

Best wishes to all. May you find peace and contentment; not in your life circumstances, but in your consciousness from one moment to the next. In the final analysis that is our only capital.

Mike, thanks again.

On July 24th, 2010 at 9:48 pm, Craig A said:

Mike, I am sure that you are just and ordinary guy with an abnormal amounts of common sense, curiosity and wisdom. Thank you for sharing that with all of us as it may make all the difference.

The rest of us need to spread the word.

Thank you for sharing your gift. You will not be forgotten.


On July 25th, 2010 at 9:33 am, WmA said:

Thanks Mike..

When I first started reading your articles, we had a discussion as to whether there was any possibility of improvement.. I think at that time, we both concluded there wasn’t..

I still hate to blame this on human nature.. There are definite people to blame, and they should be brought to justice.. They won’t, they never are, but it should happen if there were any justice in this world..

Maybe frogs can fly and some day there will be justice.. Until then, I’ll just take one day at a time.. Simply, and enjoy the ride..

Thanks.. I’ve enjoyed your articles.. You have written, and explained things I knew, but could not put into words.. You expressed your thoughts with humor, and as well as I have ever read..

I understand why this has to end.. You explained things as well as could be done..

Thanks again.. WmA..

On July 25th, 2010 at 3:05 pm, SteveO said:

Thanks Mike for all of your efforts! I have never posted a comment, but have been reading your commentary for the last couple of years. I wish you and your all the best!

On July 25th, 2010 at 3:51 pm, Mike Folkerth said:

Thank you all soooooo much for your kind words and good wishes.

I want to emphasize the importance of all my reader’s input as being pivotal in my coming to the final conclusion that it was never possible to alter our course on a macroeconomic scale.

The uncontrollable lust for power and human’s insatiable greed combined with our ability to rationalize anything including murder, pretty much cast the die.

If we conserve fuel for instance, Donald Trump would use the savings in his helicopter or Obama would take Air Force-1 on another vacation. If we conserve water in Colorado, Las Vegas would build another fountain and someone in Phoenix would fill their new Olympic size pool. Such behavior is inseparable from the human condition and four thousand years of written history concludes that such traits have immense staying power.

“The Biggest Lie Ever Believed,” cannot be reversed or brought to light as the fable it represents, for we are predisposed to believe that which most benefits us. Reality has nothing whatsoever to do with those beliefs.

Perhaps my favorite quote is from Alfred North Whitehead, “It takes an unusual mind to undertake the analysis of the obvious.” His meaning is clear.

On July 25th, 2010 at 9:49 pm, Robert said:


Thank you so much for making the extraordinary effort in putting out this blog. Your commentary has been full of wisdom and common sense and I might add that my daily routine of checking your blog is going to be hard to replace. The other commenters at your site added a lot of thought provoking stories also. I’ve never met any of you and yet you all seem like family. Best of luck to everyone, something tells me we are going to need it.



On July 26th, 2010 at 5:17 am, Billyb said:

When you make that perfect ride, the last thing you want to do is to give up the sport.

As the body and mind ages however, that decision will be made; and other equal pursuits will be challenged. It is not the battered body that insists we change. It is the knowledge that we have nothing left to offer the sport as an active participant.

You made the perfect ride, Mike. I enjoyed the show. Relating to your discoveries has completed my life and given me renewed direction also. - bb

On August 31st, 2010 at 9:49 pm, Zellie said:

I am hoping as the tumultuousness increases that you will review your decision to retire from this blog and reactivate it again. An end of an age, is the beginning of a new age, and that beginning needs leadership, just as an ending age needed it. As long as the internet is up, there is room for your voice….especially as more and more laws get passed that trespass on the people, and more earth changes come, and more souls cry out for guidance…don’t hide your light under a bushel….(just my .02 cents)

On October 21st, 2010 at 9:15 am, Wendall Dennis said:

Mike you and I think so much alike, we could finish each others sentences, perhaps because are also of about the same age.

Your final post was my introduction to your site, unfortunately. Although II didn’t get into the blog world, I wrote a book several years back entitled ” Damnocracy - Government From Hell” and created the website . The following is from the site.

Oslo, September 3-4, 1998 - Prof. Michael Hudson: author, former wall street economist; distinguished research professor at University of Missouri, Kansas City, presents his contribution to “The Canon Conference on Production Capitalism vs. Financial Capitalism,” the following is an excerption from his contribution: quote

“Stage-of-development theories are inherently optimistic in the sense that the next evolutionary step seems to be imprinted embryonically on society’s (indeed, civilization’s) DNA molecule. Marx even endorsed free trade on the ground that it would speed up this evolutionary process.” close quote

The following observations are well advanced within the United States/United Kingdom; are minutely documented in our living rooms, in living color and before the entire world. Never in world history has the rise; method; perpetuation, and fall of a prevailing empire, been so well documented, observed, and expected.

From news reports to entertainment, our American culture is saturated with violence, yet for some reason the American citizenry appear not only oblivious to the mayhem, but are wallowing in it. It’s as though there’s a veil that our eyes either cannot, or will not pierce.

Despite millions of pages of prophecy, authored by countless individuals and organizations; despite warnings from our nations founders detailing cause and effect, apparently the final crash of “civilization,” as we know it, is unavoidable.

Perhaps the time frame of our exceptional technological advances, demanded the presence of an exceptional number of individuals; more individuals than can be sustained by the planet, over an extended period of time.

Perhaps spiritual evolution demands abject revulsion toward the depravity to which the material aspect of “mankind” is capable of descending.

Perhaps, that this be indelibly seared into our race memory/DNA, it’s necessary that billions of people experience both the joy and horrors associated with the technology.

Perhaps we’re experiencing the final hurrah of genre Homo-Sapien/Erectus, as we join Cro-Magnon and Neanderthal in the ranks of the obsolescent, at our own hands.

Perhaps, just as our present genre advanced from the many uses of fire, the technological base developed by our predecessors, our successors will be catapulted into realms yet to be conceived; propelled by our myriad advancements.

Perhaps That’s The Original Plan!

Wendall Dennis

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