To change the world we must work with people as they are, not as we imagine they should be.
The instincts of social animals are adaptations which link individual survival to the success of a group. The authority, conformity, reciprocity, pack and retaliation instincts are always present in one form or another. Among humans, culture, social structure and economic paradigm determine how these instincts are expressed. The next phase of human history begins with a paradigm shift which takes these variables into account.
Whether consciously or subconsciously, psychologically unified groups always develop cultural code which defines what it means to be “one of us”. This code may include ideological tenets, duties, forbidden practices etc… Conformity to cultural norms is rewarded with social validation. Nonconformity is punished along a spectrum ranging from verbal condemnation to expulsion. This mechanism operates directly on the dopamine channel, and plays a preponderate role in human behavior.
To deeply alter human behavior an idea must embedded itself as a cultural norm. This process can be engaged proactively.
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.