Society in the “Last Generation”
An opinion from the Internet on changing Human nature before changing society:
Some people are attracted by ancient philosophies (that are always updated), others, only by what appears to them to be brand new (though rarely is). If anything depresses me it is all the enthusiasm that goes to waste for lack of a practical solution to the central problem: How to live sustainably and freely in the world. Capitalism is in crisis and is destroying lives, but it has been in crisis many times before, and on every occasion, people have seen it in its death throes. It is very resilient. I see no evidence that it is due to collapse. It will only end when people choose to end it.
One last question before I wrap up. Just out of curiosity. How do you think society will have to change — and I mean change in real concrete institutional terms, not just in terms of abstractions or principles — in order for us to escape the looming crises. I’m thinking fundamentally, in terms of money, buying and selling, property relations, government those sorts of features that underpin or characterize our current world.
I am not sure I can answer your question — probably by now, after our previous exchanges, you could predict what I would say — as it touches the fundamental point we differ on.
You think in terms of organizations, “isms”, governing and social systems, you look at the picture that appears on the “computer screen”.
I am approaching the root level, the cause which you have been dismissing all along. There is a reason why we behave the way we behave, there is a reason why we keep repeating the same historic vicious cycles ( like now copying the events of the 1930s-1940s with sliding into Great Depression, the resurgence of socialistic, communist ideology, nationalism, fascism, mutual hatred, sleepwalking towards a seemingly inevitable world war).
There is nothing we can change, improve on the superficial, organizational, societal level until that root cause is not revealed and addressed.
Only an “educated” Human being — that knows what desires, intentions drive us, how incompatible they are with Nature’s system, and how we can achieve compatibility with Nature’s laws that sustain balance and homeostasis — can build governing, social and economic systems that will become sustainable.
The most important Kabbalist in our generation — Rav Yehuda Ashlag, living about 100 years ago, predicting the destruction of the war many years before, writing very important articles about Human nature, our freedom, how to achieve peace in the world — describes what you ask about in his articles complied under the heading “Last Generation”.
According to that, the future corrected Human society will “look like Communism” (not ideologically but being compatible with Nature’s laws of mutual integration), but achieved without coercion, terror, misleading propaganda, by adjusting our inherently “capitalistic” nature into Nature’s “Communistic” system.
But the first step is a unique educational method that can help us look into ourselves and learn how to control our selfish, egotistic instincts, exploitative urges so we can build such a “socialist” society above and despite who we are inside.
In that society everybody will make calculations primarily for the sake of the whole collective, lifestyle will be scaled back to the optimal parameters of “Natural necessities/available resources. Thus the economy will adjust solely for that while all the obsolete, excessive production/consumption will disappear (which already started with the “help” of the virus).
Instead of the flawed personal leadership, self-serving, harmful political party system, governance will be through collective leadership by independent representation built on increasingly wider autonomous circles, the greatest circles being concerned with global coordination, cooperation.
Since for the new, natural lifestyle 10–20% of the population performing actual work is enough, the rest will be concerned with the unique “global, integral education”, building and sustaining the crucially necessary, mutually responsible ad mutually complementing Human interactions above and against the constantly increasing selfish, exploitative urges.
That is what I can answer to your question based on the empirical, Natural science I am studying.
As long as we do not dare to touch the root cause of our problems and keep trying the same, already failed “solution” we merit what Einstein thought about insanity…