Humans did not get sick in the way we understand before civilization. So where are all of these diseases coming from?
During this crisis we need calming, confidence, transparency, effectiveness from our leaders and media. What we are getting is pumped fear and the largest robbery in history.
Image: Man reading a newspaper in Hong Kong. What messages are our leaders giving today?
In the last few weeks of the Coronavirus outbreak, it has become painfully obvious that the society we have been building for generations is basically a failure. Society is not resilient to shock, nor healthy for humans or our relations. What would a healthy society look like?
Nature evolves to fill a gap or overcome a challenge. Sustainability dictates that nature does not over-evolve. However, human language and reasoning capacity is probably 10x over-evolved than is necessary to find food, mate and survive. What problem was the human brain evolved to solve? What is this power that has been created? What is the danger?
Diet plays a huge role in our health as well as the health of our planet. One can’t be a world saver eating meat, eggs, dairy or fish. If we are not honest with ourselves, we are going to cook our children’s goose, literally.
The invasion of the Americas began in 1492 when the slave-trader Columbus was found lost at sea by the friendly Arawak peoples. Waves of indifferent invaders brought disease, invasive species and toxic memes. So much of wild America has been destroyed that the Arawak could not recognize it today. It is time to honor the Indigenous peoples who tended the wildlands we enjoy today.
The Control System began 6,000 to 10,000 years ago as the Agricultural Revolution. Today, the control system is as ubiquitous as the air we breath and is responsible for the structure of society today.
The larger our population and, ironically, the more information we have, the further the democracy seems to degenerate. Social media echo chambers are polarizing and dumbing-down our electorate. News has become propaganda. Being right at the expense of public benefit has become the norm. What is the state of American democracy?
Capitalism took off because it is the most efficient social coordination system to convert natural resources to capital. Democracy was selected because it created a broader top for more elite. Democracy also gives the feeling of enfranchisement to a growing middle-class. However, people are beginning to see how cumbersome electing officials is and how little political control they have. What would Democracy 2.0 look like?
This is dedicated to my daughter Bridget, who walked out of her high school class today to protest government inaction on climate change. Many of our problems, including climate change, can only be solved with one-child families.