Our current political systems of government in western societies have become top-heavy. They are burdened by their own sheer size, interconnectedness, interdependentness, and ever-increasing complexity. More and more energy is required to keep the ever-evolving monster that is state and local governments alive and functioning.
It seems to be of no consequence to them how out of control, overbearing, irrelevant, and wasteful they have become as they focus purely on staying alive, at all costs, to the detriment of the people they pretend to represent. Like parasites, many have become damaging to the health of the communities and countries that elected them to power.
How Can We Survive The Coming Economic Collapse?
As a species, we will survive. However, there are many individuals among us who are going to suffer the consequences of their poor decisions. It’s always been this way…. and to best understand how we can survive, we need to understand what has got us into the situation we find ourselves in the first place. Then we can look for the solutions that best suit us as individuals and as family and community groups….. because, the reality is that we cannot survive alone, and really who among us would want to be the ONLY survivor?
What have we learned from history?
History is replete with examples of previous civilizations that peaked and then fell into decline. In the past, these have included the Roman, Spanish, French, British, and Soviet empires just to name a few. All of them, as well as many others, reached points where the benefits gained from their expansion were less than the energy they were required to expend to benefit from that expansion.
This is not by accident but follows the patterns in the natural world where organisms and structures always have a potential upper limit to growth based on the resources available to them. When the height of civilization is reached, (the best possible scenario is obtained), further improvements cannot be made within the existing system, so it either stagnates or declines to give way to another system or design. Until then, the prevailing system will fight to the death to hold onto the power they have in any way it can.
Science explains this using the second law of thermodynamics: Entropy conquers everything. This means that given enough time, all systems will degrade and wind down to be replaced with something new. This is prevalent in nature and determines the maximum size of ant hills to walrus colonies, as well as in human societies, from the size of communities to the maximum beneficial size and structure of our governmental systems.
What is wrong with our current systems of government?
Over time, complacency within populations allows for our governments to install new rules, regulations, taxes, etc. which may replace the original founding values of any society. And to ensure that their rules are being adhered to, an ever-increasing use of invasive technology is being rolled out. This ‘monitoring technology’ can, and is, being used to control people’s thoughts and behaviors. This is contrary to the reasons we, as people, banded together in groups beginning many thousands of years ago, which was for our mutual benefit and protection.
The productive capacity of western-based economies may have reached a peak within the capitalistic framework that they currently operate. As mentioned, this is because they are approaching a point where it requires more energy to control the system than is extracted from the benefits that the system can provide to its members. The percentage of those working for and deriving benefits from the state outweighs the ability of the state to collect taxes from the others who are not directly funded by them.
A typical solution provided by the governments is to print more fiat-based money, (currency issued by a government or central bank). This actually only maintains the current problems for a while longer, compounds them, and makes it more difficult to rectify when the inevitable abrupt adjustment, or collapse, does happen.
Is it inevitable that our current system will collapse?
We have reached a point of no return where the controllers of our parasitic organisms, the governments, will not willingly give up their control and will fight until the bitter end to ensure that ‘the system’ they profit immensely from will prevail.
However, as they stand, the overbearing complex systems are prone to large-scale corruption and incompetence, and these issues are met with more rules and regulations to further complicate the inefficiencies characteristic within the system.
Obvious solutions exist to prevent the decline of our systems of government, but it is almost predictable that they will not happen. These solutions include less control, less command from the top, less centralization, and less legality and regulatory complexity. This basically means less government control and interference in our business and personal lives. However, the norm over recent years is for increasing interference in both our business and personal lives!
A move to a free market-based system is fairer for producers and consumers alike. For a start, it would mean less corruption because the trade of goods and services is based on needs and wants rather than regulations imposed by controllers who want to ‘get their share’ of any profits in the way of taxes and tariffs. It’s a very simple and fair system for producers and consumers alike!
How will any sudden changes to our governmental systems affect me?
It may be fortunate that the current systems are nearing collapse, as they are so riddled with corruption. However, it will be a crisis of monumental proportions (for those who are so fixed on this ‘economics is all important’ mentality), and it will precipitate necessary changes from outside of the current system to create a new societal structure.
By simply recognizing that societies rise and fall as a matter of due course and choosing to accept the impending changes that will occur with a relaxed attitude, we will be better equipped to deal with the aftermath of whatever situation unfolds.
By releasing fear, doubt, and anxiety, relating to the past and perceived future, we will free ourselves to act according to that which is presented moment by moment and be equipped to better respond to help ourselves and others to adjust and rebuild societies based on compassion, tolerance, trust, and cooperation.
Who will help us if our governments collapse?
It will be uncomfortable for many to consider that our current ‘civilization’ may be on the verge of collapsing and also that our governments will be powerless to help us because they will be too busy helping themselves. In reality, their function hasn’t been to help us for a long time now. However, this is to our advantage, as without their meddling and endless regulations, we will be given the opportunity to create the types of societies that better serve us, the majority of its members.
However, individuals have always stepped up in times of natural disasters to aid their fellow man to thrive in ways that are not possible when bounded by many pointless ‘revenue generating’ regulations and government red tape. Often people are surprised by what they are able to achieve when they are allowed to think for themselves and take control of their own lives.
As individuals, we can all dig deep into our generous, loving, compassionate, and wise true nature to do what is best for all concerned. This is achievable only when the inefficiency, bureaucracy, and corruption of governments, overpowering businesses, and militaries, which distort our worldview, with their desire to control everything, are removed out of our way.
What could a future world be like?
We are constantly being bombarded with movies and TV series depicting the future world after a disaster being populated by ruthless, savage, and selfish human remnants, where anarchy and tyranny rule.
However, this has proven not to be the case as pointed out by American writer, historian, and activist Rebecca Solnit, in a paper entitled, A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster. Rebecca found that:
“The image of the selfish, panicky, or regressively savage human being in times of disaster has little truth to it. Decades of meticulous sociological research on behavior in disasters, from the bombings of World War II to floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, and storms across the continent and around the world, have demonstrated this. Horrible in itself, disaster is sometimes a door back into paradise, the paradise at least in which we are who we hope to be, do the work we desire, and are each our sister’s and brother’s keeper.”
Many people won’t know what to do when things change!
It is important to approach all things new with a sense of wonder and to be excited about newness as in this way we can challenge ourselves to become more human, more loving, and more compassionate. It is when we realize that we cannot stand alone, that there is really no point in surviving alone that we can reach out and help others in need. We will all be surprised by what we can learn from others that can help us practically survive and what we can learn about ourselves, spiritually, by giving of ourselves in ways we cannot yet imagine.
Crisis, by definition, is both danger and opportunity. Our limited intellects are unable to grasp all the complexities that life has to offer us, so it is by releasing the need to ‘understand’ and just going with ‘the flow of life’ that we will be able to maximize our experiences. In this way, we reveal to ourselves what we have learned about life and what we understand about our-self by how we react in any new situations.
We should all look forward to any opportunities that help us to become the master of our own destinies. And if we can realize that life is an ‘internal experience’ we free ourselves to choose the life we wish to create for ourselves. Try to wake up and see life for the adventure that it is- an adventure full of educational opportunities and an amazing variety of different entertainment and it is up to us how we choose to react in all situations! That’s all! So release all fear for the future, and just go with the flow of whatever is happening! Enjoy each and every day as it presents itself for our pleasure.
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