There was a discussion I had lately that kept me thinking for a while. May be I can try and share some of the basic thoughts, cause somehow its becoming too much of a threat and scary to think of. And I’d gladly like to hear your opinions on that issue.
Looking at history we learn, that political systems, models of societies are subject to change once the glory of new ideas and the individual feeling of success has worn out, Sometimes it takes wars, sometimes revolutions from within, either way changes are going to come by force accompanied with death, sometimes complete extinction of certain characteristics of the former society. But no matter how it looks like, inevitably changes are gonna come, its just a matter of time.
I guess its kinda hard to imagine happening something like that now, but that’s just due to the fact that only few of the people alive today ever lived in two (or more) different kinds of societies. So for most of us it seems impossible, totally out of the question to think of possible changes at the doorstep, just because the way of living has always been the same for us individuals. Still, on historic scales, political systems are relatively short-lived. And even more, looking at the current state politics (global as well as national and local) is in, I find it not too much unlikely we – the people alive today – will still see a violent change of systems during our lifetime.
I wont enumerate all the global problems we will have to handle in the near future. everyone with the least bit of political interest could do that. I strongly believe our current form of society wont be able to survive that, the concept of a market orientated democracy has seen the best of times. Its not that there wasn’t the power or knowledge to attack certain problems, its – in my view – the inability of politics to see further than the next period of office. Todays politics has degenerated to a simple game of maintaining the prevalence over the political enemy. There are no long term future concepts, no ideas and, worst of all, not even the honesty to inform people about the true dimension of chaos ahead, which is just inevitable.
All we keep hearing are short-term promises, to be broken only months later, we see lies in every imaginable political decision and we see people in power working first and foremost for their own personal wealth and the same old game of blaming the political enemy for all and everything going wrong in the universe. Politics nowadays has become a 24/7-play broadcasted live on CNN.
I sometimes wonder, how the people in charge can find sleep at nights. The world population will double ’til 2050, at the same time oil reserves will start depleting, national concepts of social security are collapsing all over “first world”, and all we hear in the news is an interview with our chancellor’s new hairdresser, or about a celeb’s new breast implants and latest divorce rumors of Hollywood’s glamor elite, who left reality in the 20′s of last century already, not to forget, for the good news part, the latest winner in the national lottery.
For everyone getting rich a bunch of other people are suffering. Every winner produces several losers. Everyone can find his luck and everyone is advised to struggle for that to the best of his abilities. The more elbows you use the better you can get. But no one ever tells you about the losers along the way. There is no looking back, the winner takes it all. That’s the concept of free market economy, and its the concept of Ponzi schemes as well. While the one is made the global testimony of success the other one is banned, just another example for a basic problem of this society, double standards.
Anyway, there’s no need to get too much into detail with examples of our society riding full throttle against concrete walls. I guess everyone can find his/her own examples, where things are going awfully wrong at the moment. Point is, I’m afraid democracy is not strong enough to overcome this situation. I think we will face the complete breakdown of the western orientated “first world” in the not so far future with a change of systems coming along with it. I’m not sure, if that’s going to be a result of wars or revolution, but at the end of the day it doesn’t really matter.
But where are we heading then? Nations like China or India are sitting in their starting blocks to take part in the race for world domination, and are they known to be peaceful peoples? Will the US just silently let go and accept the defeat in the comparison of way of lives? Will we be able to keep (or even develop one first) a global look on problems, or will we fall back into the dark age of local conflicts? Will we be able to avoid the catastrophe and find the power for changes from within without violence?