The histoty of the human species is full of examples detailing our vulnerabilities to collapse and total decline. As historian Jospeh Tainter explains, system complexity further works against us, most people probably call this today, incompetence. More to the point, the inability of our complex world for the right system changes.
Gordon Brown, UK at risk of becoming failed state.
If you thought it was bad that half of the U.S. population, the ‘MAGA Crowd‘, voted for a ideological driven, and divisive President, wait until the current covid-generation grows up, with a high chance of lacking a proper education, and likely growing up in grief.
We are on a journey to a world where states rather choose to isolate, fracture, and to militarize, governed by ideological elites. These are all ingredients for worst case climate change scenarios.
The difference today, the Covid-19 pandemic is accelerating the change, the pressure on nations. Because, ..
- The system is on a brink to be unable to treat ill people in hospitals.
- Food shortages for various reasons.
- People make poor life choices based on social media posts, on rumors.
- Decision makers make poor choices because they fear the wrath of the mob.
The positive take away here is, it is good that we now have to face these systemic problems, while climate disruption is still manageable. There is also a lot going on in the fight to reduce harmful CO2 emissions.
The importance is now more than ever, to address systemic shortcomings, including
- Income equality, a basic income for each of use, no questions asked. Make it just, make it right.
- Legalization of cannabis products, ending criminalization of millions, offers lots of business opportunities with the state involved.
- Education with goals, and a scope on performance.
- The state is there to serve the people, therefore extended opening hours, less bureaucracy when possible.
- An international program such as the Sustainable Development Goals (common sense goals), to help poorer countries, subsequent goal to reduce influx of migrants. With climate disruption it will only get worse, including polarizing forces.
- To help poorer countries make the switch to clean energy, sea level rise threatens nuclear facilities everywhere, subsequent contamination is a global issue.
- Nuclear disarmament, to reduce the risks of nuclear terrorism. A state can literally fail within a few days, including parts of the military switching the sides. No state is immortal to riots, chaos, anarchy.
Disruption has begun, the question is not if the pressure will be high enough to cripple-collapse a nation, rather can we keep up- in a global context.
However, while climate change is a real danger to all life forms on Earth, the question is now coming up what happens if the Covid-19 virus is here to stay forever? Subsequent question, will Covid-19 mutate to a deadlier form causing mayhem and crippling of our systems through increased mortality.
Bottom line is, we walk on a very narrow bridge over a canyon, some wood planks are loose, some even break when stepped on, and somebody warns the entire bridge could go down at any moment.
Now is the time for systemic change, to address societies shortcomings, the opposite is isolation, polarization, division. We face global problems, which require a global answer, which can only be answered when the own state is strong and sustainable.