Is This the Dawning of the Age of . . . E-Quarius? Part 4 of 5

Part One — Part Two — Part Three — Part Four — Part Five

Yes, I understand that life changes constantly. We can never step in the same stream twice, etc. And, yes, to a certain extent human beings are human beings and human nature doesn’t change.

But . . . What if this is a period of fundamental upheaval? What if the “digital revolution” and the subsequent “flat world” have fundamentally altered the way we define, organize, and manage, for example, “business”?

Many economic experts tell us that the current economic disaster marks the end of traditional global capitalism? Maybe so. But if that’s the case, then we’re also standing at the beginning of something else, right?

What if, for another example, the unraveling of capitalism and/or digital communications prod us to re-think our centuries-old concept of “nation”? What if we replace that concept with some new way of constructing political global relationships, one that we’ve not even imagined yet?

What if environmental concerns, to use a somewhat overworked example, fundamentally alter our daily behavior, so that we start thinking of walking from Point A to Point B as normal, and driving from A to B as, well, weird or abnormal? To do so, of course, we’d also have to re-think and re-build new kinds of living environments. We’d have to reimagine the “city.”

What if, to use another example, people decide that, morally, it’s more important to drink local beer than to drink beer made 500 miles away? That our choice of beer involves a social/political/moral imperative other than traditional marketplace directives. (Meaning: capitalism favors efficiency, and it’s efficient to produce beer on a huge scale. Marketplace efficiency is the major “imperative” that shapes the brewing industry.)

My point, such as it is, is that perhaps we’re living in a moment when so many fundamentals have unraveled, when so many ordinary things have changed, that our ways of looking at and acting in and upon the world are changing, too.

More next time.

One thought on “Is This the Dawning of the Age of . . . E-Quarius? Part 4 of 5

  1. I have been reading, waiting for the right moment to add my two cents. So here’s today’s two cents.1) I have for some time been thinking that we’re sliding slowly towards an era where people value their time as much or more than money. You’ve read my “Stranger in a Strange Land” rant and (on good days) I think that perhaps Peggy and I are the new model of affluent. Not especially monied, but far more able than most to follow our instincts because our overhead is low relative to our income and we have more time we can call our own. Sometimes I feel smug about this, sometimes I simply think it’s way has to happen once we’ve reach a point where everyone can, if they want, have a large screen flat panel display in every room of their2) A friend recently forwarded me this:Social Colapse Best Practiceshttp://cluborlov.blogspot.com/2009/02/social-collapse-best-practices.htmlProbably too much of my outlook was formed by Soilent Green and Madmax, but I’m not quite the doomsdayist that Mr. Orlov is. But I do think maybe we’re going to have some re-ordering of priorities forced upon us. For example, my wife and I spend more time with our children by choice, or at least as a product of the choices we make that give us more time to call our own. I think maybe this is going to becoem a lot more common place; either because broad swathes of the US will reach a point of deminsihing returns in the more traditional work/money/consumerism thing, or because the wheel are going to come off Orlov style, and they’ll have no choice, or something in between.

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