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The Fellowship of the Ring: ‘Bend Not Break’ Version

April 2, 2024

Recorded March 24 2024


In this Frankly, Nate recasts his favorite book series, the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien, with some speculative “archetypes” of our human world grouped by various timelines. The eventual reduction in energy and material accessibility will likely alter the archetypes that we’re familiar with today – perhaps to become something not helpful to larger society. What categories of human archetypes in the future will have the potential to best influence their communities and the Earth? What will the most powerful among us choose when it comes to protecting their (monetary, temporary) wealth vs using it towards prosocial collective responses? Finally, and most importantly what archetypes will form a new Fellowship of humans to ‘bring the ring to Mordor’ during humanity’s ‘Bend not Break’ moment? Which archetype do you resonate with? Are there others?

Show Notes

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00:04 – Frankly 57

00:36 – J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, LOTR Trilogy

02:22 – Optimal Foraging

02:57 – Money supply and income

03:38 – Energy Surplus

03:59 – Carbon Pulse

04:44 – Global North

04:52 – 60 to 70 devices plugged in

06:29 – Loss Aversion

06:58 – Patrick Knodel on TGS

07:18 – AI

07:20 – Big Data

07:28 – Cyborg

08:36 – George Floyd

09:36 – Star Trek, Lokai

12:10 – Global Supply Chain

13:00 – Carl Jung

17:38 – Overton Window

17:50 – Russia and Ukraine, Israel and Gaza

23:48 – David and Goliath

Nate Hagens

Nate Hagens

Nate Hagens is the Director of The Institute for the Study of Energy & Our Future (ISEOF) an organization focused on educating and preparing society for the coming cultural transition. Allied with leading ecologists, energy experts, politicians and systems thinkers ISEOF assembles road-maps and off-ramps for how human societies can adapt to lower throughput lifestyles. Nate holds a Masters Degree in Finance with Honors from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in Natural Resources from the University of Vermont. He teaches an Honors course, Reality 101, at the University of Minnesota.