You can’t, with any hope of retaining much in the way of credibility, say on one day “Bye Bye America” – a story of societal collapse – and on the very next day say “Is America Really Collapsing?” – another story of societal collapse with a note of hope at the end. Yet this is exactly what Umair Hague has done in his follow-up piece on Medium.
He outlines in some detail just what, or some of what, societal collapse means, defining it as “a process of going from function through dysfunction to malfunction“, a journey, in other words from one system state to a higher entropic state. An intrinsically one-way process – you can’t unscramble an egg.
Having then outlined four ways that America is in collapse, namely: Political Collapse, Social Collapse, Economic Collapse and Eudaimonic Collapse (you’ll need to read the article) – and this is not by any means an exhaustive list of the possible ways in which a society can fall apart – Hague then goes on to talk about the generally accepted view that a collapse is in essence ‘unstoppable’ as not applying, or – “is not the case with societies”.
What is it with doom-writers not being able to face up to the inevitability of what they clearly see coming up for sections of humanity? They never seem to be able to abandon hope and think clearly on what to actually do in the aftermath of the events of which they tell. Always looking around for any tiny speck of hope. It’s nuts …and facing reality takes courage, not to mention – some sort of plan. But not a plan which merely hopes to stop the unstoppable in its tracks and back it up to some earlier point in its prior path, based entirely on the good will and enthusiasm of the very people who set the unstoppable train of events in motion in the first place. Such a plan could aptly be described as ‘pure folly’, whether applied at the purely personal or at a local, national or truly global level.
Now, just a final point. I was thinking of, or trying to come up with a precedent for the type of social recovery (the ‘minor miracles’ he spoke of previously) of which Hague and other writers are so keen to have us believe. One might think of post-war Germany or Japan as examples of such, arising from the utter destruction of that time to become major societal economies in the modern world. However, the ruination of those particular nations in the middle of last century was not specifically or directly a result of societal collapse, moral, social, political or any other -wise. The destruction of those nations was in each case not as a result of a decay of the central core of the nation, its peoples – those remained essentially, morally, spiritually, etc., intact throughout the ordeal of the forced collapse of their material and economic national structures through acts of war. Two things then were central to their phoenix-like rise from the ashes. Firstly the central core of national pride, the people themselves, and secondly they could call on the developing availability of world resources which came fully into prominence, profligate prominence from that time until today. It was entirely a point-in-time thing, employed alike by many nations around the world to rebuild themselves at the same time. The likes of which had never been seen before and sadly, after less than a century of complete and obscene global madness during which the world ‘partied’ in a once only orgy of digging things up and using them, it will never serve as an option for humanity to enjoy again. At least on the same scale – the scale of rebuilding nations into any form of structure we would today recognise as being the equivalent of modern society.
So, there we have it, believe it or not, won’t make any difference. Undoing collapse today can never return us to any resemblance of yesterday. There is no point starting something you can’t finish.
Someone should tell that to Donald Trump …and all other national leaders who continue to seek the elusive ephemera of ‘economic growth’ or ‘growth and jobs’ or simply ‘jobs, jobs, jobs’.
America is on the way down. Basically, we are all on the way down. The West, being for so long standing on the upper rungs of the ladder, will feel it the hardest when there are no more ladders to climb over the shoulders of other people. A level playing field should look the same to everybody.