Another ‘fun-blog’ conceptual stretch……..
……..we have created a monster. Worse, we created one from bits and pieces. We have patched, altered, legislated, regulated and otherwise tampered with society for a long time trying to make it work better….and we have been somewhat successful in some areas (IT’S ALIVE!) but, overall, we have failed – just like Dr. Frankenstein’s monster.
Income inequality, chronic ills from lifestyle and pollution, environmental degradation, failed states and all the other ills and evils that one might use to measure real success indicate that we could have done better. A lot better. Maybe it is time to recognize that and acknowledge that the ‘system’, as it is, is broken. The global culture, as it is, isn’t working. Capitalism kinda works but not for all and it is killing the planet in the process. We need to change.
The real ‘revelation’ here for me is that the question of change will never be answered by the sick system perpetuating it. Even the greenest of Greens won’t turn anything around. The corporations won’t. The institutions are in the very business of maintaining the status quo. The police enforce it. There is simply no force out there that would change the basic system and it is the basic system that is causing the problem.
Think about this (fantasy scenario#1): China and Russia declare WAR on the USA (or vice versa) and all hell breaks loose. Eventually some radioactive winners crawl out from their blackened bunkers, rally the remnants of their armies and RULE THE WORLD. Oh, goody. What is the first thing they will do? Extort from other survivors and maybe, eventually, start up a new ‘way of life’ that is polluting, craven, greedy and elitist. And chapter ten in the never-ending human story begins……
We have to change this trajectory. And it seems we have to start pretty soon….if the climate is a factor – which it is….
Here are a few sacred cows that may have to be slaughtered before BIG change can happen. Peaceful protest doesn’t work. We may have to employ strategic violence. Big government doesn’t work for the people. We may have to start smaller societies and organize only locally. Money kinda works but any entity controlling money undermines it’s neutrality as a simple medium of exchange. We may have to revert to a simpler money/barter system where the financial institutions are no more. And on and on and on….
“Hah! Dave! You must be mad. Keep adding to that list and you will be carted away and I will help them tie you up, you poor, demented fool.”
I understand. I will shut up. I was just having a mental stretch. Don’t pay me any attention. I am sure we will fix what ails us by doing more of the same stuff, keeping the same values, following the same leadership models and ignoring the planet on which it all takes place. I mean, maybe the banks and governments are just not trying hard enough….? Maybe the corporations will start working for all the people instead of just their shareholders? Maybe the politicians are honest and the second Coming of Christ will soon fix it all……
In the meantime, just for fun (conceptually) think about how you could extricate yourself from your own ‘grid’ and rebuild a lifestyle around something more healthy for you, your family and your neighbours. Just have a fun little mental exercise while you are commuting to work, paying taxes and buying crap at Walmart….you know…..in your ‘downtime’?
“Oh, Man! Is this your idea of a sales pitch? You still marketing living OTG?”
No, actually. This blog comes at that issue entirely from a different perspective. I occasionally read other writers and I am about to embark on another Mark Boyle book (Drinking Molotov Cocktails with Gandhi). The first chapter prompted this blog. Stephen Hren reviewed the book:
Mark Boyle has penned an incendiary fulmination against the aggression of consumer capitalism. In this provocative polemic, he calls us all to account for our lack of violent resistance to the ravages occurring on every corner of the globe to feed our most trifling wants. Drinking Molotov Cocktails with Gandhi is solidly written in easygoing prose, and on a fundamental level forces the reader to dig deep into the bowels of their consciousness to question how we can let such slaughter occur in our name.
His main point of contention is what he perceives as a commitment to nonviolence by the vast majority who espouse preserving the environment. Boyle finds this nonviolence to actually play into the hands of those who are the most rapine, as its toothlessness provides almost no brake to the incessant wanton destruction, while allowing cover in the form of greenwashing to carry on business as usual. If for nothing else, the book is worth reading to force us to confront a most profound philosophical question: At what point does stopping the destruction of the earth, upon which all life depends, become self-defense and hence justify violent resistance against the forces that are destroying it?