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Sustainable Civilization: From the Grass Roots Up

Sustainable Civilization: From the Grass Roots Up

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The flow of stored energy needed to operate our infrastructure is ending. Belief in or dedication to a particular ideology may alter individual perceptions, but not physical facts. We need to re-think our civilization from the grass roots up, not bumble blindly on.
The flow of stored energy needed to operate our infrastructure is ending. Belief in or dedication to a particular ideology may alter individual perceptions, but not physical facts. We need to re-think our civilization from the grass roots up, not bumble blindly on.

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SUSTAINABLE CIVILIZATION: From the Grass Roots Up Page 159 of 170
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As of the beginning of the new millennium, the
USA is generally seen as the world’s last super
power, and the world’s national policeman.
There are nations arguably with greater industrial
output (and pollution) such as China. There are
nations functioning under belief systems that
only “they” are right, and everyone, internal to
their nation and external, must submit of be
slaughtered. But in an analysis the capabilities
of all are utterly dependent on fossil fuels. What
sustainability aspect do nations and gatherings of
such (i.e. the United Nations) provide which
enhances the long-term sustainability of
humanity?

Not everyone wants to live in the identical
conditions. In nation-states we see the will of
the political favorites imposed on all, with the
costs in the end bore by those out of favor with
the politicians. Are there any overriding reasons
why the current arbitrary political divisions
should continue to be granted validity?

Consider a goal of a human civilization which
minimizes our impact on the “natural” aspects
remaining on the globe. A civilization where the
population is long-term stable based on the
resources available in the “human” area of the
ecology. A civilization that is limited to a
population just large enough to maintain a fully
functioning and developing community within
each human enclave, while MAXIMIZING the
resources available per person at each location
and overall.

Loyalty to a nation is essentially loyalty to the
“tribe” into which you were born. Now though
outside your day to day physical needs, others
with the same philosophical interests may be on
the opposite side of the planet. INDIVIDUALS
can use the internet to create or join a specific
community of interest rather than be restricted
by physical proximity. They are though for now
still “stuck” with larger scale government edict
controlling or prohibiting physical communities
of like interest.

Throughout history, people have been asked, or
forced to sacrifice their personal goals, interests
or lives for the greater good of a larger
community not of their choosing. The internet
allows voluntary communities of interest, while
maintaining physical life-support wherever one
may be. Why can we not have cities where those

of like mind can gather and prosper, or fail as
their beliefs allow?

The single largest justification for the nation-
state, and its taxation, is defense against other
nation-states. Unfortunately THIS requirement
remains valid for so long as any one “other”
nation-state, or something essentially equal
exists, or there is anyone in the world who would
use such accumulated power and resources to
impose their will on others.

Politicians (secular and religious) want broken
families, complex easily broken laws, taxpayers
as employees vs small business owners, etc. to
help keep dependency on the state, and hide the
true nature and level of taxes (imposed by law or
guilt).

This author presents that the need for a concept
of a nation-state, imposing the will of others on
such minorities are who cannot sufficiently gain
the attention of politicians, could be over.

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