The global realignment to a sustainable future is through pain and knowledge.
Like so many lemmings humanity marches onward to the abyss, yet I hold out hope for a change of direction. Humanity lives in a current paradigm of growth through relentless consumption. What do I mean by paradigm, I mean a worldview in the social context, one that is made up of beliefs and behaviours. The current paradigm of relentless consumption is unsustainable, its conclusion is a predictable mass breakdown of social, political, economic and environmental systems that humanity depends on.
The answer is a paradigm shift, a change of worldview. How? There are two ways a paradigm will shift, often the combination of both, which is via pain and knowledge. As energy systems breakdown humanity suffers pain, there is a conflict arising between the inertia of the familiar and the need for relief from the pain. To cross the threshold the pain would overcome inertia leading to a paradigm shift. The provision of knowledge can also produce a paradigm shift, for humanity given the option might prefer a new paradigm to an old unsustainable version.
With crisis hides the blessing for those that seize the opportunity. If an old paradigm causes suffering, the individual who offers a solution, a relief to pain can reap the benefits as befitting a hero. All those who are trailblazing ahead of the masses towards a new paradigm of sustainability are in a position of influence to educate and show the rest of humanity a new paradigm of beliefs and behaviours that will act as a relief to world suffering through sustainable living.