Faith is all that holds civilisation together.
It intrigues me that five years later in suffering and decline the people of the failing nation-state of Greece are not in civil war. All the money thrown into Greece by outsiders is to pay off loans rather than ease the suffering of the citizen, whilst demands of further austerity cuts and tax rises have turned all the institutions and facilities of Greece into little more than ineffective ghosts. The only people who protest and cause violence are mainly on the extreme right and left, the neo-nazis and anarchists. In other failing states like Egypt and Tunisia it takes only one trigger to start off a full uprising leading to change of leadership.
The different reaction of the citizens of Greece compared to say Tunisia is I think down to faith. In Tunisia they have faith in their centre where the leader and their team hold power. Such people who have faith in their centre rise up in violence, protest and disorder in order to influence and change the leader and the team at the centre in the belief that it would benefit them, often in the face of competing factions, thus one sees a pendulum of change and discord flowing backwards and forwards over time. In Greece the citizen lost all faith in the centre and created localised independent alternatives, returning to the land and creating barter trading systems.
There is a big grin on my face at the irony that in destroying Greece, its institutions and inflicting untold suffering on its citizens the corrupted world capitalist system has destroyed the faith of the Greek people in its centre and by default in the world capitalist system. The Greek citizen have dropped out of the system, gone native, gone off grid. Trouble would only happen if the centre and its agents attempted to regain control over what is now a liberated free-spirited Greek citizenship.
With regards to all other nations that are failing they go in one of two directions: a strong tyranny backed by might is right at the centre or fragmentation into smaller localised units of power as is happening in Greece. Which direction depends on faith, those with no faith in the centre create an alternative locally to them; power moves from the centre to the community, family and individual. Scotland (UK) and Catalonia (Spain) are moving in the direction favouring breakaway from the centre.
The problem of failing nations is not due to bad leader but a bad centre, thus even a good leader is undermined by the beliefs, behaviours, structures and processes that exist at the centre. When faith is lost in the centre then a paradigm shift emerges that can sweep the old centre away with sustainable alternatives often located in the community. Once power shifts from the centre to the local then it is near impossible to reverse without considerable bloodshed.
All the unsustainable structures in the political, economic and social systems of civilisation rests on a paradigm of beliefs and behaviours, in turn supported by the faith of people in those paradigms. Most world currencies are empty air with no assets supporting them, and the negative equity of debt, all that holds them together is faith. People have faith that their next meal will still be available to them in the supermarkets, water will still run and they will get power through their electricity socket. People have faith that the centre can deliver. When the faith in the centre is obliterated interesting consequences are that people will have a paradigm shift to sustainable alternatives.