I’m beginning to believe that things are about to get really ugly, all around the world. Why? Because throughout history, collectivism has proven to be highly destructive to humanity, to civil society—possibly the most destructive of any other ideology—and most collectivist thinking is premised upon geography, i.e., geographic location (as are governments, but that’s a whole-nother issue, a whole-nother discussion).
But proficient world travel, global satellite communication systems, the Internet, and related digital technologies have—or are quickly doing so—rendered geographic location irrelevant. Not only is this new reality quickly rendering the nation-state model of governance irrelevant and ineffective, but it is also enabling, or even prompting, a merging of myriad collectives—differing by race, or nationality, or religion, or what have you—into one another’s geographic habitats.
So it seems to me that humanity, as a whole, is faced with a choice: either quickly shift into the mindset of a global people—one common, planetary species—or prepare to fight one another, every single collective vs. every single other collective, which can result in nothing but global civil unrest and war: international wars between nations, revolutionary wars between governments and peoples, civil wars between various factions or collectives within civilian populations. And I’m not sure (and based on what I’m seeing out there, I highly doubt) that much of humanity is willing—or perhaps even capable—of choosing the former.