“I just received the following note from one of our Inner Circle members. Below the note is my response.”
Here’s a prominent and highly nowledgeable witness of our times and a good story for all of you who are interested in understanding Europe (and beyond) and how it came to be where it is. A friend of mine sent me this outstanding lecture held in 2013 by Zygmunt Baumann, a polish sociologist who worked and lived in the UK. He too tells you about a monumentous step human kind is facing and the impending paradigm shift that Mike talked about the other day.
It’s worth watching (with a glass of port, a steaming mug of tea or whatever)
|…This lecture by Zygmunt Baumann deeply impressed me. Simply awesome. The 87 year old sociologist held it at a Convention in Girona, Spain, in 2013. He tells his story of Europe, how it evolved over the past 500 years, how the idea of nationsstates came into being and how over the latter part of the 20th century they lost their power to globally operating powers they can control no longer.
During the Q&A session (1:27) he comes to speak specifically of this critical disconnect:
“….behind all this there is a very, very big question: when I was young (…I am terribly sorry but old people like to talk about their youth) my colleagues, my generation quarrelled tremendously about what needs to be done but I don’t remember quarrelles about who is going to do it … because once everybody knew what to do then it will be the state to do it because the state has everything to do it properly.
Today we have a situation where on one hand we have power, really decisive power which shapes our collective future, which shapes the prospects of our children and grand children, power which is exempted from any kind of power of political control. Power which is free to follow our own considerations of intent. On one hand power exempt of political control.
On the other hand we have politics which suffers constantly of the deficit of powers.
Now until we bring them again together I think no resolut action is possible. We go on fighting one crisis after another until such a moment when we shall be missing all the strength, all the ability, all the imagination to continue the fight.
That is one prediction that I shall want to risk: that the rest of your lives will be dedicated to the attempt of bringing together power and politics. The question whether it can be reconstituted is marriage.
This wedding being played for the second time in the interest of the nation state, that is a good question (whether it will happen). Problems are already global. Who knows, perhaps this re-marriage needs to be held in some kind of a global church, it is closer to Heaven , everybody is in this self making Heaven….”
here’s the link:
Until we believe that we are basically wired with whatever it is we can contribute from inception…
And that embeds duty to humanity in kind, things will get worse and the paradigm shift will have to change us…violently.