Human being has always been looking for security and comfort.
In the actual society, security and comfort depends on money which depends on work.
A lot of people i love and care about are afraid to lose their jobs because they are scared to step to the unknown, to lose their security. They all find some interest in their job which allow them to do some of the things they truly like during their free time. Traveling, going to concerts, pubs, reading, movies, arts…
It’s like a deal : be my slave and i will reward you.
But this reward is an illusion, a chain, and jobs can be prisons. And there are so many cool stuff to help us accomodate with our slavery.
I can only recomand the reading of Amusing ourselves to death from Neil Postman. The title summarise a lot of things by itself…
So we’re looking to have a great life, to have fun, and by doing so, we forget about a lot of crucial and vital considerations. Amusement makes the fear go away, at least for a moment, and the more we’re looking for that, the more we’re heading to death. Both physical and spiritual. We consume to fulfill a perpetual need, we run through life without thinking about how we deeply want to live.
In the actual society, we depend on each others. Everyone is heavily specialised and not many people know how to grow food or to survive more than a few days in the wild. We count on so many people for our basic needs, and it’s why we’ve been so scared about a possible societal collapse, an apocalypse or anything that could end these complex relationships on which we depend.
I shared this fear, but i was also fascinated by its mechanism.
What happened since cold war is quite interesting.
People care about the persons and things they are aware of, and with television and internet, people’s consciousness has grown to humanity. We are still aware and concerned by our family, our tribe, but we also started to think about our species survival, about our species resilience. Ecology, peace efforts, and humanitarian organisations actions come from a global consideration that goes far beyond a state, a tribe or a family.
More individually, we can observe that many people are getting back to the fondamentals and trying to be more autonomous and less dependant of an increasingly absurd system. Some are forced to because they suffer from the crisis.
The do it yourself philosophy comes from a financial need, but also from a profound need to build something.
Survivalism is another interesting approach. Being conscious of the dangers of your environment, urban or natural, leads to resiliance in case of emergency.
Another interesting thing is that a lot of communities or exchange circuits exist that just aren’t part of the actual global system. A good exemple would be the neighbours communities in african cities. The level of poverty and unemployment are so huge that people adapted and managed to survive without any government help. My cousin is actually doing sociological searches in Nigeria about these unformal organisations which feed and help so many people.
We can observe the same phenomenon all around the world. Many people don’t trust anymore in official institutions, governments and the actual economic system, so they just do things on their own. Open source philisophy goes in the same direction.
Capitalism and actual governments systems have already lost the economic war that killed millions (billions ?) of people over the last decades. People are winning it as they are getting more autonomous, responsible, conscious and resiliant. But the war is not over.
We need to think about a non-violent transition. It’s already happening, and it comes from the roots of humanity, it comes from the many.
But a lot of people are still living false dreams of money and property, and some of them will do anything to defend their privileges, their thrones, their power.
Show the trick and the illusion disappears.
With political and economical support, the transition to a more responsible and human society could be faster than we could imagine.
I will not get into details about this on this discussion, the initial subject being resilience.