Massive, unsettling change – it’s hard to imagine it happening to our civilization isn’t it? We wake up every day with the expectation that our world will be as it was yesterday. Creatures of habit and routine, we depend on this for our sense of safety and stability. It’s hard to imagine waking up and finding that the world as we know it is no longer. Since it’s hard to imagine, it’s easy to deny the possibility, but that doesn’t mean that we should.
The world is experiencing a period of transition. We are struggling to make sense of, and find solutions to numerous issues and problems. But we are attempting this with outmoded systems and mindsets that no longer produce effective results, only more of the same. It’s like the saying goes that “the definition of insanity is doing the same things over and over expecting different results”. Take a look around there is a lot of this going on.
We tend to view drastic changes and events in other areas of the world in a disconnected way. We aren’t feeling the pain or reeling from the life changing societal events that others are. America has been relatively stable for a long time and this has insulated us. Collectively we have forgotten much, nor do we care to be reminded. We think we are safe, and for right now we seem to be, but how safe is it to assume this can’t change?
We tend to scoff at the possibility of major upheavals, believing that it cannot happen to us. We rely on the powers that be to overcome anything that threatens our way of life and our safety. How can we be so convinced that there will never be another world war, a devastating epidemic, an economic collapse, or any other major occurrence? The field is wide open. These things have happened before and they can happen again.
Think about how life would be different if something devastating did happen. What would a new reality look like, and could we survive in it? These aren’t pleasant things to think about. This is not meant as a gloom and doom prophesy, but to point out that these are possibilities that we may be faced with at some point. There are lots of powder keg situations in the world, any one of which could act as a trigger for catastrophe given the right conditions.
No one can see into the future and know how things are going to play out. Most people just want to live their lives and not think or worry about such things. But if the worst happens then we may wish that all we had to do was think about it, because then we’ll be forced to adapt, and that could be much worse.
Transition periods can go either way. We will either successfully work through it, or we will fail. Transitions are painful though. They involve a lot of change, something most are resistant to. But if we want to survive, then we must change. This is especially true considering that we now possess the capability to destroy ourselves. This is particularly hard to imagine, but it is a fact not to be taken lightly. The status quo cannot be sustained indefinitely – it’s becoming increasingly unstable. History is full of beginnings, endings, and turning points and no society is exempt from this – including ours.