If the rate of depression is higher in the U.S. and elsewhere in the world, it would not be a surprise. Amplified polarization, political events, and decisions that sabotage economic health nationally to globally is hard to fathom. No matter where I go I hear talk of Trump. Most people express concern over the future of humanity and the state of the world. While some support the unethical decisions coming out of Trump’s Tweets and the White House, most are observing the impact and the negative effect on global peace, the state of humanity and socio-economic health. And that’s looking from outside the US. Inside the US some assume the impact stays within geographic boundaries. Everyone else knows that the impact spans local to globally.
The idea that differences should be settled using force rather than cooperation is one indication of where and how Nation-states are failing to adapt to a very entangled set of socio-economic relationships. Where there is access to guns, communication skills are not required. The consequence is that division is viewed as a right. Politicians and governments then fail to meet citizen needs for safety, security and the basics.
From the struggles the UK has had with the Brexit vote, the polarity that arose out of the US election of the Republicans, a high tolerance for unethical and irrational decisions tweeted out daily, would suggest that the consciousness of nation-states is not equipped to deal with reality. Decisions erupt from whatever comes to mind, generate fear or reacting without taking the time to truly understand the situation or alternatives. Linear thinking prevails assuming that direct cause and effect is how the world works. Assumptions run unchecked. When it comes to what to trust for information, fake news is a convenient way to manipulate perception. Those who operate out of the need to be right, act irresponsibly or win at all costs do not hesitate to issue fake news and then point fingers at the media. Nigel Farage’s action of changing the sign on an image to mislead people is a recent example.
Making Sense of Political Events and Decisions
When nation-states opt for meeting the needs of their citizen or, in most cases, not meeting their needs, suffering increases. Inequality and disparity amplify. Companies, private benefactors such as Warren Buffet, or Laszlo Szombatfalvy (Global Challenges Foundation) or Ervin Laszlo with Worldshift in concert with Alexander and Nicole Gratovsky, step in to fill the gap. Companies and the private sector are called to lead on global risks, such as climate change, that directly threaten economic and social well-being directly. Citizens lead change through consumer decisions and holding companies accountable.
Looking Beneath Surface Signals to See What is Really Going On
Nation-state Consciousness and Decision-Making
When Jeremy Rifkin wrote Biosphere Consciousness followed by the Empathic Civilization he was pointing out the need to see the world differently: to recognize the inter-relationships and inter-connectivity between humanity and nature and of course between ourselves. Not only has the interconnection between our care for each other and our survival as a species been ignored, but the quality of connection with Nature is in even more dismal state.
Ervin Laszlo wrote in Mastering the Split in Consciousness an explanation of how systems collapse under the weight of complexity. Now this makes sense. It is a much higher view but in moving out of the daily routine to see from a higher elevation, the collapse of the old makes sense out of the clash between a desire to roll back time or move forward, transcending fear to unleash more human potential.
We are in the middle of that now. A portal, where fear contracts and courage expands.
The weight of complex and accelerating change pressures institutional systems, like education and politics, to adapt. People are under pressure to expand their consciousness. Traditionally driven fear tactics to terrorize and hold back the expression of human potential are the weapon of those missing the foresight to see from a wider perspective. The idea of rolling back time to land in a more familiar scenario is used to engage, but it crafts an illusion that leaves people ill-prepared as the effects of digital transformation hit home. The idea of being victim of human ingenuity is attractive only to those not willing to accept responsibility for their destiny, or future.
The evolution of consciousness connected to empathy holds the greatest hope for humanity today. The challenges ignores no one.
In between the gap between the old and the design of the future lies choice: your choice and my choice. To engage and design a future with hope where conditions for ethical decisions are embedded in the decision-making environment and where no one is left behind. Collectively and collaboratively we can accomplish anything. The question is: what aspirations will attract growth-oriented individuals?
What can we learn from the failures of political institutions that can inform how global governance can evolve?
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