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Before Civilisation We Were The Most Social Of Any Life

By Lionel Anet

ďParadoxically, man has never been so much in danger as he is now, at the peak of his power. Mesmerized by our own power, we do what we can do, not what we ought to do.Ē Aurelio Peccei*- 1908- 1984 (A founding member of the Club of Rome)

January 11, 2016 "Information Clearing House" - Why do we do that? Competition has created civilisation itís in control and dominates everyone; we arenít free, competition forces us to do what we do. We must replace competition with cooperation as a way of life to survive.

I evaluate competition v cooperation

Civilisation is a competitive hierarchy  to dominate and
supress, its results are-

Communal life is cooperative and being part of the common its results are-

Conflicts are finally resolve in battles

Conflicts are resolved by agreement

Interests are privatised through competition most loose and one winner

Interests are basically common. Peoples can't lose as they're part of the common.

Competition is always unfair because the starting base is different for each individual, it also increases unfairness

Cooperation needs be fair to be cooperative and must act for a common good, which leads to more fairness.

Competition produces stratification of power in societies. So, competition creates unfair relations in societies.

Cooperation equalises power in societies. Therefore cooperation tends to automatically increase fair relations.

The more competitive society is the more deceitful its people have to be to survive.

The more cooperative society is the more honest people must be to be accepted.

The more competitive the economy is the less people will be able to discern their role in nature and social interactions.

The more we cooperate the more we know and understand social interactions and our role in nature.

Competition must have a growing economy, even if it overwhelms nature.

Cooperative economy purpose is to have the best life nature can sustain.

Capitalism is emotionally powered by competition, which grows the economy until it consumes all. Without satisfying anyone's natural needs.

A cooperative based system is organised to maximise wellbeing for all people and nature. Can functions within the planet ability to supply people's needs.

Competitive growth has limits on a finite planet. It's a malignant cancer on nature. It will kill its host (life).  

Cooperative thinking aids us to realize we are a nonessential part of nature, but other lives are essential for us.

The more we disconnect ourselves from people and nature the more miserable and endangered life becomes.

The more we live as a part of life and our genetic makeup the more pleasant and secure life becomes.

Competition is expressed in its most intense form as total war and at its calmest it's never peaceful. Life avoids competition if possible as it's a waste

The state of peace is a natural condition for social life, its logical for us as we lived in that state for over 95% of our human existence.

All forms of civilisation are aberration of social life

There's no question about it. A new epochóthe Anthropoceneó the human bean ó has begun. So many scientist say. Itís a misnomer it should be called by a more accurate name that describes global capitalism. The new epoch is more like - the fatal epoch. I donít know how scientist would name that, nor Iím interested in scientific names, but the name as is, is dishonest depiction of the epoch. Modern humans have lived for near 200,000 years and if the new era appeared since 1950s- 60s? (Still vague) it coincides with the start of global capitalism. Thatís world trade, container ship, ore carriers, and the use of oil engines instead of steam, private transport, jet liners, and the green revolution, plus a population explosion. All of it is only a tiny bit of human existence. Itís dishonest to name it the Anthropocene as itís laying the blame on people instead of the system, civilisation is competitive and capitalism is its extreme version, it therefore is synthetic that is, itís not natural as the more social life is, so it must be more cooperative and less competitive. But we sacrifice people and maybe most if not all life to save a system without life.

The synthetic nature of civilisation particularly capitalism is due to its contradictions, being social and competitive; itís an unstable state thatís always and must be controlled but can never be stable, let alone fair and honest. Due to that unstable state cause by its diverse and competing interest of the worldís powerful few, it leaves most small business and its workers venerable to the unknown outcome of the competing interest of the 1%. In the last forty odd years of neoliberalist capitalism growth compulsion has damaged the ability of the planetís and its life to maintain its self especially with the expected 9 billion people by the middle of the century. This is well beyond government controlled by capitalism to save anyone from its demise.

That globalised society is controlled by dominant people using weapons, religion, and in capitalism its fiat money, which has no limits therefore give the illusion of invincibility. The influence that manufacturers have in producing weapons of real mass destruction to disrupt international relations is part of its ďwealth creationĒ.

Our problem now isnít the unfairness, the thievery, the brutality, as thatís civilisation, itís what we lived with for thousands of years, people and nature can cope with that. What nature canít cope with is fossil fuelled powered capitalism as that system has no controls except that it must grow to be viable. Physically thatís impossible, however, capitalist economists arenít bound by earthly constraints, but we and maybe all life are at stake due to global warming and the devastation we made on land and seas in the wake of capitalist economic growth. We canít live that way for much longer so we must stop the now impossibility of growing the economy and fix the damage we have done to survive.

To reduce our output and consumption is easy, whilst to increase it is much harder at the best of times and this is the worst of times to maintain growth, which now will be fatal if continued, but only for all children. Lifeís most important need is to procreate and ensure its ability to thrive.

* Aurelio Peccei - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aurelio_Peccei Aurelio Peccei was an Italian scholar and industrialist, best known as the founder and first president of the Club of Rome

Lionel Anet is a member of Sydney U3A University of the Third Age, of 20 years standing and now a life member

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