Paradigm shift into sustainability

The global realignment to a sustainable future is through pain and knowledge.

Will humanity achieve a paradigm shift of the ugly duckling into a swan?

Will humanity achieve a paradigm shift of the ugly duckling into a swan?

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.


6 responses to “Paradigm shift into sustainability

  1. Good point Alex but tough and abstract language.
    Are you familiar with a news channel called RT?Yesterday I was watching Max Krammer’s show where they described current society as a “post industrial cargo cult”.
    The cargo cult was a term coined by sociologists to describe what they saw in the Pacific islands.The simple tribals saw that plane loads of goodies arrived for them via the troops stationed there during WWII.So they took to mimicking actions like that of the landing crew on airstrips hoping to recreate the planes and goodies,Likewise we people saw an expansion of money and consumption as economies grew and have started believing that printing more money and encouraging more consumption leads to more growth,In the mean time in a post industrial scenario, we are losing the skills of organizing to be more productive and create actual jobs,
    And should anyone believe that developing countries like India are free from the malaise, we just have to look at the household debt figures the RBI has put out.I have posted a copy on my blog today.So just as we have the prevalence of the diseases of the third world and the health problems of the affluent simultaneously,we have the economic problems of the rich and poor simultaneously.

    • Hi Keerthika, thanks for mentioning this “cargo cult”, I was unaware of it. I suspect that people follow the beliefs and behaviours of others because they imagine rather than rationally think that there is wealth at the end of it. For most consumerism ends in suffering and slavery to debt.

  2. Being a Mother of two children, I have experienced Pain of Motherhood, Birthing is a painful process, and our world is now undergoing her own Birthing of a new Shift in which our awareness is altering..
    Societies are now seeing that we have to re-think our future we no longer can keep on sustaining ourselves in the same ways as in the past.. Both monetary and environmentally we have to change, and this can be a chaotic period of transition.. And those of the ‘old-school’ who control much of those systems are hanging on and will try to create as much fear as possible to avoid change..
    But Change it will ………. one way or another!

  3. Lemmings don’t do the lemming thing, but still a useful analogy. If you want a great book on how the modern world may end, not with a bang but with a whimper, try Paul auster’s the Country of Last Things’

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