I’m being asked if there is anything good about the new state form. Of course, there is positive and negative in most things.
The new state will be highly fluid on every level. Fluidity means insecurity, instability and anxiety on the one hand, and an enormous, unseen burst of opportunity on the other hand. The shackles of collective identities are falling off. Everything is temporary, everything is in the state of flux. Of course, the rate at which this change is occurring differs among different societies but my blog’s readers are all in the places where these changes are happening already.
We’ll get to live several different, unstable, highly changeable lives instead of a single predictable one. It’s scary but fun. Some of the literature I have read on the subject refers to the new society as a society of opportunity. But there is no opportunity without risk and no freedom without the burden of choice. And of course taking the opportunity and turning to your advantage (and doing so every day for the rest of your life) will not be easy.
Suggestion: if you tend to suffer from anxiety, now is a good time to get rid of it completely. We are moving towards a society whether the division between winners and losers will be harsh (this is the bad part). And the line will be redrawn every day (and this is the good part).
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I am inclined to think that we humans have a strong proclivity for building rigid social structures, and that therefore (sadly) any period of fluidity and freedom will be short-lived.
When i discuss the agony of the nation-state, people get so angry with me as if I were causing it. This tells me that letting go of a familiar structure is, indeed, very difficult.
\\ When i discuss the agony of the nation-state, people get so angry with me as if I were causing it.
You said in one of previous posts that there are different (more optimistic?) theories about the new order than you presented so far. I hope you’ll mention them in one of future posts.
This is the optimistic version I’m describing. 🙂 🙂
\\ This is the optimistic version I’m describing.
Oi. 😦 Just in case, I want to hear the other version too.
Ok, I’ll do the pessimistic version tomorrow. But I warn you, it isn’t pretty.