The Breaking Point

The Breaking Point

Do you sense the tension, the closeness of something very big? Very large complex systems do not always reach a point of total collapse. Instead, they may simply break apart in completely unpredictable ways. Is our world system possibly near such a breaking point? How can we tell? What happens when a world system breaks?

First a Neolithic Revolution, Then an Industrial Revolution. What’s Next?

First a Neolithic Revolution, Then an Industrial Revolution. What’s Next?

Humankind moved from tribal hunter-gathers to agriculture-husbandry about 10,000 years ago in the Neolithic Revolution. Nothing much happened, except civilization’s history, for the next 9,700 years. Around 1750, the Industrial Revolution began, lasting until roughly 1850. A Second Industrial Revolution took place between 1850 and 1930. Things seem to have been rather revolting ever since, but where are we headed?

15-Minute Cities – Prisons, or Opportunities?

15-Minute Cities – Prisons, or Opportunities?

The 15-minute city urban planning concept seems like a great idea, but has become mired in controversy. Why? Perhaps it suffers from the same misuse potential as AI, which is amazingly useful – in the right hands. Both can be miscast as “conspiracy theories”. This is so unfortunate because both have such great potential – opportunities – for good.

What Is Freedom, and Do We Really Want It?

What Is Freedom, and Do We Really Want It?

People talk about wanting freedom, but few truly do. Freedom requires personal responsibility and initiative, which few people want. Most prefer to be led – but with a light hand. Absolute freedom does not exist. What we can do is always constrained in many ways. Many people are okay with being “acceptably-constrained”. Do you know why?

Why Are We So Obedient and Compliant?

Why Are We So Obedient and Compliant?

Our world is devolving into one of obedience and compliance. This is not tyranny, at least not yet. It seems to be arising from our enormously complex and confusing existence. People need some degree of order and certainty. These are being created by emerging societal processes that appear to require more obedience and compliance. Is this good, or not so good?

Does Anybody Know What Is Really Going On?

Does Anybody Know What Is Really Going On?

The U.S., Russia, China – who are the good guys? There are none. Each is pursuing its own agenda, which is not at all for our benefit. What are these power players up to? Obfuscation, everywhere. Hard to find anything that can be believed on its face. How can we live or manage without really knowing what’s going on?

WEF’s Great Reset So Far: 2023 Scorecard

WEF’s Great Reset So Far: 2023 Scorecard

Klaus Schwab’s World Economic Forum (WEF) has been a major driving force for some kind of global Great Reset. The United Nations has 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which the WEF has adopted. What exactly is all of this really about? Great progress is being claimed, but to what actual ends? And is the progress real?

War Is Not Part of Human Nature. True?

War Is Not Part of Human Nature. True?

Some say war is not part of human nature, and yet human history is a history of war. So, where does war come from if not us humans? Today we have wars all over, and we are likely in the early stages of WW III. What is the underlying cause of this mess? Society and politics are getting the blame, but is this really true?

Are You Essential or Non-Essential? Or Maybe Both.

Are You Essential or Non-Essential? Or Maybe Both.

Since we may well be heading for another lockdown shortly because of reasons, it seems important for many of us to know ahead just who is essential. Are you essential? I’m not, something that I should have guessed. Exactly how are “essential” and “non-essential” defined? The answer may surprise you. Or scare you.