by Mike Meyer ~ Honolulu ~ May 8, 2021
Why can’t we escape the fate that seems dictated for our species? That fate is no hidden and is clearer every day. We are not capable of changing our nature, and that nature is incompatible with a goal of wellbeing for the planet and its life forms.
Part of that problem is our inability to think in any but dyadic form. Things are either mostly ok, or we are on the brink of an apocalypse. As we see now, with the pandemic refusing to stop even though we‘ve declared it over, things are ok here but apocalyptic in India, Brazil, and neighboring states.
To Americans, that means things ok and getting better. It's too bad those other people are sick, dying, and suffering from corrupt and collapsing governments. That the fact that the American government was dysfunctional, corrupt, and collapsing until four months ago is not relevant.
Wait, our government is still corrupt and collapsing, but a majority of us have decided that it is on the road to recovery. But the basis for that recovery is only a moderately serious effort to reduce the suffering and slow the collapse. The critical need for a reorganization of society and the concept of government in the face of a radical distortion of asset distribution and planetary wellbeing, not to mention climate disaster, is impossible to discuss at leadership levels.
That inability to begin discussing what must happen is buried in the absurd propaganda and criminal self-destructiveness that consumes a significant minority of our population. That minority lives in a manufactured world of lies and vast conspiracies manipulated by immoral and ignorant criminals who have learned the effectiveness of projecting what they are doing to their opposition.
This is so immature and simplistic that it is breathtaking. The shock of this immaturity is exceeded only by the shock at the size of the population taken in by it.
The disintegration of our national political system is so advanced that even minor changes, such as eliminating gerrymandering and filibuster, both long recognized as inimical to representative government, let alone democracy, remain impossible. These changes are seen as a ‘fate worse than death.’
We all know that from continuous national surveys that correcting these traditions that are not part of the governmental structure is strongly favored by the citizenry. Many people strongly favor the desperately needed corrections that the Biden administration is attempting to implement. If a politically neutral description of these changes is presented, the majority grows to include all groups in our society.
Achieving what the majority of the population wants is considered impossible. How is that possible in anything but a brutally authoritarian or completely dysfunctional nation-state?
If this were only the case in one or two small states, it could be considered reasonable to wait to see what happened. It is happening in the largest and most important nation-states on the planet and down the scale to regionally important states. The differences, stunningly, are minor. The insanity is recognizable.
Every one of these nations has come under the control of a group represented by a schoolyard bully who is also incompetent at anything other than manipulating their own way to power. The international oligarchs refuse to call these people out. That attitude leads to mainstream media pretense that these criminals must be given respect and their crimes dealt with as legitimate ‘political’ options.
We see this everywhere with Trump, now removed from office, presenting the most blatant case of lies and absurd demands. The great majority of his followers are also incompetent, shown by their inability to do anything beyond imitating low-budget television reality shows. But these people are being pushed to violence, even if it is incompetent violence.
We realize, however, that idiots can destroy our societies despite their inability to understand what they are doing. You are just as dead from a gun fired by a gibbering idiot as from a professional assassin.
We seem to prefer the professional assassin, to whom we now show considerable respect in our entertainment, which is another part of the problem. This is another case of dyadic thinking. In our culture and most others in the 21st-century world, death is the solution for administrative failures. That is not a solution on a planet committed to wellbeing and sustainability.
That is the solution for feudalistic rule by force of most by a small elite. The irony that the segments of a population lured into the lies of the small elite never gain anything from it except exploitation and oppression, just as they want to impose on their imagined enemies. Everyone gets a chance to suffer and die, but we don’t talk about that.
The logical action would be to remove the criminals from power based on overwhelming evidence of their criminality. At the same time, we must actively restructure nation-states that seem to be the vector of this human disease. Local governments seem more amenable to direct democratic control unless they are dominated by criminal regimes higher in the nation-state hierarchy. That also is an illusion.
We must solve planetary problems, disasters and remove criminal intent at the planetary level. The hyperobjects we face as problems will allow nothing else. Preventing autocratic usurpers at all levels is essential, but rigid limitations on ‘scope creep’ also seem beyond our capabilities.
But we need to realize that the size and wealth of our planetary civilization make full apocalyptic collapse unlikely in the short term. Without massive social and organizational change, life will become increasingly precarious for most of the population and disastrous and deadly for large segments in the face of political and climate disasters.
A smaller and smaller segment will consume more and more available resources to maintain their lifestyles and prestige. Local collapse resulting from climate change and political instability, just as we see now in places such as Central America pushing children to our borders and in the Middle East, will grow, but slowly.
If you are lucky enough to be far enough of the social food chain, you can pretend it is all just too bad, but there is nothing to be done. Send money and try to stop the regressive parts of your population from their intended destruction is the reasonable solution advocated by the middle-road elite.
That is the slow decline and death. I see that much as the reality of bankruptcy in our capitalist economy, something that won’t happen as things are still ok until suddenly it does. Not being able to visualize the implications and consequences of poorly designed systems dooms us to deny our obvious fate.