Civilisation We Were The Most Social Of Any Life
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)
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.
competition v cooperation
Civilisation is a competitive hierarchy
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
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
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
The more we live as a part of life and our
genetic makeup the more pleasant and secure
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
All forms of
civilisation are aberration of social life
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.
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.
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.
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.
Peccei - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Aurelio Peccei was an Italian scholar and
industrialist, best known as the founder and first
president of the Club of Rome
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