Well, what do you know, I have power and internet communication. We’ve been here in Zimbabwe for five days now and it’s been quite fascinating. For those of you who don’t know this country was breadbasket of Africa, did OK for a while, and then hit political and hyperinflation turmoil, where a loaf of bread could cost ten million dollars today, and twenty million tomorrow.
While there has been some recovery (the US$ is now used, totally illegally as far as the US is concerned, but legalising the de facto situation) the damage to life’s savings, pensions, trust, and the infrastructure are substantial. But despite this, business goes on. People adapt around it. Maize grows everywhere – road margins, vacant lots. This is subsistance, as most of the food sold for dollars in the shops comes from abroad or South Africa. But it still functions. Some things actually are apparently improving. And oddly, entertainment is still popular, possibly even more so than historically. You can go and see the Hobbit. And the churches are full, and have a fairly major social role – the state not much.
I have to wonder about publishing and the book industry (let alone what this tells us about apocalypse) and whether the same will not happen there. It has suffered its own disaster, and the powers that be have used much the same tactics to stay in control. And the industry simply has adapted and goes on around this. And yes, as an author, some things are actually improving. Entertainment is still popular.
I wonder what our equivalent of the churches are?