By Chris Wright

Civilizations fail after they develop into trapped in a fashion of taking a look at the realm that now not works. for plenty of, globalization is pushing us to the sting of catastrophe - an onward march of blinkered imaginative and prescient, encouraging passivity, ethical blindness and a tradition of dependency. A group Manifesto is an elegantly written polemic providing a brand new method of our social, cultural and monetary realities. Tackling the the most important dimensions of non-public accountability, consensus and neighborhood, it indicates how we will discover a new language during which we will reinvigorate our person and social lives, constructing the resourcefulness we'd like yet which proves so tough to domesticate. The imaginative and prescient it provides is persuasive and extremely well timed - in simple terms through construction group can human society evolve and development.

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THEFRAGILITY OF THE CULT OF THE INDIVIDUAL The history of the Western world since the Enlightenment can be viewed the as gradual erosion of traditional ties and obligations. Rousseau's famous dictum, 'Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains', neatly encapsulates the push to throw off arbitrarily imposed duties and replace them with rationally defensiblerights. From feudalism to patriarchy, from aristocracy to unfettered capitalism, all bastions of power based on the privilege of position have had to give ground and retreat in the face of the ongoing exploration of what it means to protect every individual on the planet from exploitationand abuse.

Some words and phrases become worn out through everyday usage, losing any real meaning and acting moreas messages of solidarity that demonstrate common membership of a social club ('cool' isan example of a word whose meaning has become so elastic that it is little better than a grunt). One of the strengths of the scientific language is that it appears relatively impervious to such distortion. In theory at least, scientiststhe world over are likely to draw the same conclusions from the same information.

We have become atoms in an environment that seems to care littlewhether we live ordie. And we, in our turn, are more than ready to pass by on the other side when confronted with need or distress. It is not the soil to nourish individuals who might be able to respond in a crisis or, perhaps equally significantly, might become fired with a new wayof looking at life. Just as all previous civilizations, knowingly or unknowingly, have found themselves imprisoned in a way of life they could not (or did not want to) change and which led inevitably to their decline and collapse, so the trends that are evident in our own day overlap and reinforce one another in a way that does not offer much confidence for the future.

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