Here is a link to an excellent article that was just posted, by The Guardian. The author, Rana Dasgupta, provides an excellent view on the destabilizing forces at work in the world we know today. The nation-state model of political organization no longer works. Global scale corporations ignore consequence as they focus entirely on profit. The people who control world financial markets are no longer constrained by national borders. Neither are the dynamics of mass communication and the social media. Dasgupta’s analysis reflects the reality of our modern world. Perhaps the biggest factor in this is the massive burden of 7.6 billion humans on the planet we all share. That is double the population that was on Earth just fifty years ago. We live on and must share a planet with finite resources. We are outstripping its ability to provide.
Belgian physicist, Ilya Prigogine developed ‘General Systems Theory’, which basically says that as a system becomes more complicated and burdened, the instinct is to lay on ever more scaffolding, stabilizing things temporarily, until the weight of the reinforcing structures cause the entire system to collapse, clearing the way for a new order that takes into account the forces that brought down the previous order.
What is the new order all humans must embrace? Planetary citizenship, and a commonly shared responsibility to protect our planet and its biosphere, That seems to be what Dasgupta is calling for. I could not agree more.