Everything about the lifestyle we are accustomed to, as rich westerners, has to change. If we let that sink in for a little bit that is when the real disruption comes in, giving way to a radical shift in perspective. So, where do we go from here?
We CAN navigate the turbulence of our times by recognizing that the real state of power is culture. What I mean by this is that it is cultural narratives that drive our behaviors.
My “The Simpler Way” project is about persuading people that it would be very easy to design and build an idyllic alternative society that was not just sustainable and capable of adoption by all the world’s people, but would actually greatly improve the quality of life of people in rich societies today.
When we started Transition, I imagined it as an environmental process. Now I see it as a cultural process.
Since the advent of YouTube, we have become a nation of filmmakers, weaving music, image, and narrative to express our concerns, poke fun at false idols, foreshadow an emergent world more loving and just than the old paradigm. Have we taken in what this really means?