Oil as an addiction…
The playa reminds me a lot of Frank Herbert’s Arakis in Dune. That is perhaps my favorite Sci-Fi novel and certainly one of my favorite movies (the David Lynch Dune). Oil is the life’s-blood of westernized economies the world over, yet is it truly analogous to drug dependence? I don’t think so, I think it’s similar to sugar. Heroine and meth may consume calories but they do not replace them. Oil is the food for monster economies and when all the food is gone…well, we all know what happened to the Donner Party when the food ran out.
But what this art project reminded me of when I saw it rising out of the desert, was unspoken drug problem that has risen in a society where the best isn’t good enough, where we need some form of the spice melange to become “super human” whether it’s the illegal use of anabolic steroid abuse among our top Atheletes, or the legally prescribed usage of anti-anxiety medications in our nation’s most stressful professions or life prolonging drugs that stem the effects of everything from Alzheimers to diabetes and hypertension. Maybe there is some undiscovered substance out there, waiting in the ground or to be synthesized in some future lab. Maybe it will bring us to new heights of awareness, prolong our lives or even change the course of future human evolution…but what will be the price? And are we willing to pay it?
Photo taken at Cargo Cult burn 2013