DJ Droood wrote: In many horrific ways! If you asked me this 20 years ago, I would have said "99 Luft Ballons!", or 9 years ago, I would have said "all the computers crashing at once", now I see Bird Flu and SARS, a big comet like "Lucifer's Hammer", a swift collapse of the global economy, or more probably a slow but steady retreat of the current colonial order..."End times" scenarios have always fired my imagination...I could go on and on. I am cheerfully pessimistic...I can't help it. Your life sounds lovely, and very modern and European and I hope the conditions for it continue for a long time and my gloomy scenarios keep proving worthless, just like Y2K did. ?
As a challenge for you, lets say all humans are open to create this "taoist utopia," how do you think it could be implemented and maintained peacefully without such catastrophes? What does the "slow but steady retreat of the current colonial order" look like?
I think it's not likely but it'd be interesting to see how it could happen.
DJ Droood wrote:and how can that be maintained?
it will just be where the pendulum is at any given moment. You can't maintain...you can just hang on!
Evolution has a habit of perpetually changing. So after you've been "knocked off" the pendulum what happens next? Extinction? Another round of globalising?
For me communication and travel are part of human nature so even if we try to create a localised humanity, we'd just keep retuning to the "nasty" habit of globalising.
DJ Droood wrote: I am up for all manner of modern indulgence!...jet travel, the internets, bananas...and I love "internationalism"...humanity is fascinating.
Ah, I quite understand. I think that there's a positive and negative side to everything. Globalisation or internationalism is a great opportunity for humanity as a whole, and yet there is a negative "shadow" side that needs to be resolves before we can make this opportunity something that benefits all of humanity and the living Earth.