What if there was a formula; a recipe for a socio-economic chain reaction that anyone of reasonable intelligence could set in motion? What if each and every step we took towards applying that formula would inherently improve the outcome?
To break free from the fossil fuel - infinite growth - feedback loop, we must transition towards localized and sustainable systems of production, organization and exchange.
To change the world we must work with people as they are, not as we imagine they should be. The next phase of human history begins with a paradigm shift, and a cultural code, which take social structure and biochemistry into account.
A culture of peace, which promotes conflict resolution and consensus building, and condemns the initiation of violence — reserving defense as the last resort — inherently improves the health and survival rate of societies which hold it.
A culture which holds leaders in check, shuns vertical power structures, encourages independent thought, and tolerates dissent will always be more healthy and free than cultures which demand blind obedience and conformity.
A culture which promotes cooperative economic strategies reduces dependence on monetary systems and more effectively provides for human need at a community level. Debt based monetary systems require infinite growth to stay afloat. Cooperative economic models provide a tested and proven alternative.
Cultures which cultivate intrinsic motivation rather than relying on extrinsic rewards, foster the intelligence, creativity and autonomy of its members. This conditioning begins with education, and translates to cooperative economic models, and decentralized, horizontal social structures.
Rewiring civilization is a large, dynamic project, fraught with unforeseen obstacles. Formulating a detailed master plan, to be completed in stages, like a car being assembled on a factory floor, would be a recipe for failure. To succeed, we must set small, realistic targets which can be rapidly attained; evaluate the results, and improve iteratively. Time and resources are limited. We must utilize what works. Discard what doesn't.
Our generation has inherited a world on a collision course. War, environmental devastation, corruption, state-sanctioned violence, social degradation... The scale and extent of the problems we face are staggering.
To change course we must trace these issues to their socioeconomic roots.
- Infinite Growth - It would be impossible to stop environmental devastation without confronting the infinite growth paradigm. Debt based econonomies must grow perpetually to avoid collapse. This model is clearly unsustainable.
- Fossil Fuel Dependence - Every sector of modern economies are tied to fossil fuels. In order to break free we need to understand the geostrategic forces maintaining the status quo.
- International Conflict - War is the most horrific and destructive expression of human potential. Unfortunately it's also quite profitable. To avert international conflict we must understand how human psychology is hijacked by those in power, and establish cultural norms to counter.
- Socioeconomic Dysfunction - Extreme inequality, totalitarianism, corruption... Wealth and power always tends to accumulate and fewer and fewer hands. The system isn't broken. These are inherent side effects of the current social structure and cultural norms.