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  • Writer's picturePete Ward

The Industrial Revolution (Phase 1)

We are living in a simulated world. The definition of artificial is that which is created by humans—not nature. Capitalism by definition is artificial. There is nothing natural about an economic system based on private ownership for the means of production and operation for profit. By breaking natural laws it breaks the bonds which connect and perpetuate all life as a single functioning organism, making humanity the weak link unraveling the collective. It is an exponential growth model for an ever increasing GDP now reaching its crescendo. It is created by and for the benefit of a select few members of one species with no regard for future generations.

No one would deny that we are organic beings. Humans have been assembled by the same evolutionary processes as all other life, and we continue to be reliant upon the ecology which created us. It was a lack of understanding of sustainability through the ecology provided by their ancestral regions which led cultures to colonialism and capitalism. The men who shaped the world we now live in did so through the narrative of cultural superiority, which entitled them to whatever resources they chose to claim. A primitive belief system which for too long has rewarded the very worst aspects of humanity, such as greed, tribalism, conquest, genocide, and ecocide — all consequences of subjective culture sold as concrete reality. Human-centric culture which has used politics and religion to place humanity above nature. The consequences of this misconception is becoming evident with increasing veracity. 

The misfortune of being subjected to an artificial system which is destroying billions of years of evolution in a cosmological blink of an eye cannot be understated. It is inhumane to deny members connection to their ecosystem through the creation of insidious false needs and mutated environments which confuse gene expression, causing sickness and ill-content. It is unjust to destroy one region of a global ecosystem for the benefit of another. Those who become cognizant of what has been lost and the consequences of the excessive use of resources required for such an unsustainable experiment will inevitably suffer the dissonance of their participation in such an unnatural simulation.

What would the world be like today had the “Titans of Industry” looked for industrial solutions in natures 3.8 billion years of R&D? What if they had collaborated with those in the sciences to evaluate the long term implications on climate, ecology, and our true anthropological needs before moving products to market? What if European exploration had been for cultural exchange and the study of sustainable practices of peoples which had gained an intimate understanding of their lands over millennia? What if the answer to the climate crisis lies in reimplementing aspects of those practices and cultures now, in combination with technology developed through the study of biomimicry? What if we were to question the motives and ethics of leaders who do not utilize the intelligence found in nature?

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