I fully agree with the article. They say hindsight is a beautiful instrument. Looking back we can understand the huge, missed chance at the introduction of the EU, not establishing a fully integrated structure not only economically, financially but from ground up at all levels. Of course at that time we did not know what a global world means, we did not even dream about a state when all individuals and nations become fully dependent on each other. But here we are today, and now we also learn through the daily events of the crisis and from parallel scientific studies that in an integral system no partial union, partial connection can exist. Integral means fully interconnected and interdependent. There is no solution for the crisis without full integration. And here we can fully agree with what the article says about the paradoxical situation political leaders are in today, they would need to promote an idea that is very unusual, that is against to all the directions they have been promoting, championing so far, trying to convince their public about the need of unity, the need of creating ties, connections above national sovereignty. As the social inequality, unprecedented youth unemployment is growing, the time window is closing for educating the public about the necessity of supra-national unity and integration. But leaders have no chance, they need to forget about personal gains, legacies, election victories, party politics, if they want to secure a peaceful transition from the present separated, broken, isolationist state to the necessary mutually united and complementing human system, not only in Europe but all over the world, they would need to implement a global, integral education program for all social layers, ages, cultures, nationalities. We have all the necessary information available, and they still have control over the mass media. This is in everybody's best interest because if we miss the last chances to solve this problem, and rise to the next level of our evolutionary development peacefully, in a gradual, conscious manner, the solution will come through unpredictable, probably violent events, explosions. But in the global, integral natural system we evolved into we have no other options, only a mutually responsible and integrated humanity has chance for a future.
I would not call it misdiagnosis, we are simply in denial. It is the same as the recent upheavals about the fundamental "austerity article" from Harvard, discussing the relevance of mistaken calculations, wrong data input, when the problem is the wrong paradigm, wrong frequency, coordinate system. We have been living in an artificial bubble, we stubbornly want to remain in the bubble, while the artificial, unnatural laws and principles we created within the bubble fall apart as the vast natural system our bubble exists in "encroaches on us" (more precisely we expanded in it so we cannot escape its influence any more), forcing the fundamental, natural laws and principles on us, which laws and principles we simply cannot escape, ignore any longer. This is simply an evolutionary process, humanity has matured, grown up, it became global and integral, we cannot play like children any more thinking we can do whatever we want. Now we have to take on the full responsibility to understand the system where we exist, our own nature and characteristics, and we have to adapt to the system. We cannot change the natural system around us since it is infinitely larger, stronger than us. Only we ourselves can change and adapt, as any other living organism that wants to develop and survive. And humans, more than any other living organism have the capability to do this, since we are the only ones with the capability of critical self-assessment, conscious self-change. We do not have to climb back on the trees, or into caves, we can adapt to the natural system in full awareness, creating a comfortable, modern lifestyle that is optimal for us, but is also within the framework and resources of the system. The option opening up before us is not defeat, or backtracking, it is the opposite, a chance to rise to a new, much higher quality of human existence, an "omnipotent", interconnected humanity fully, mutually complementing itself, and fully integrating into the natural system it exists in.
As long as all calculations, the whole methodology is based on constant quantitative growth, all calculations will fail. The whole paradigm politicians, economists and basically the whole global population is using, living by is artificial, unsustainable. We never fixed the previous errors, the previous crisis, we simply created more bubbles around the bursting ones, we simply printed more money to cover holes, and continue the cosmetic surgery while the patient is dying. It has gone to such extent that in Europe they do not even talk abut people, the public when looking at the health of a country, or effects of elections, they only talk about banks and the market. The world, societies have broken into pieces, layers. The rising social inequality and youth unemployment brought many nations to the brink of disaster, future election results, governments fulfilling their terms has become unpredictable. Instead of philosophical arguments about a system that has no natural foundations first we should understand the global, integral world human network we evolved into, which network exists in a vast, closed and finite natural system. The laws of this natural system, which we have been ignoring for a very long time are binding and if we truly want to build a sustainable future we need to understand and accept them.
Although I share the writer's opinion about the damage false prophecies, doomsayers are causing both materially and mentally, we cannot truly say that we have our world figured out. It is exactly the advances of quantum physics that show us that our present perception of reality might be very shallow, even false, and that the true forces, energies shaping, influencing, determining our reality are deeper and are working based on very different principles than how we live and examine our lives today. What the public is feeling and the media is sensationalizing is the loss of confidence, the loss of direction we all experience. What we learn through the global crisis is that even fully human made institutions, process, which seemingly worked perfectly before start falling apart, not responding to inputs, solutions that worked before, and all this seemingly without any obvious reason. I think the combination of the latest advances in quantum physics related to perception and the very obvious helplessness in our "macro" life experienced day by day should prompt us to start "going back to school", trying to understand the world around us, but this time not with the narrow focus of how to take advantage of it, but how to immerse in it as partners, as conscious, contributing elements.
I would like to challenge the opinion of the writer, giving it a twist based on the following 2 paragraphs:
"...Nationalist principles emphasize the self-governing individual, including the right to choose one’s social position and identity. But this liberty, empowering and encouraging the individual to choose what to be, complicates identity formation..." "...That is why the most open and freest society today, the Unites States, leads the world in rates of severe mental disease – supplanting England, yesterday’s freest and most open society. Indeed, foreigners at one time considered madness “the English malady.”..."
Maybe this was the ideal when nationalism was formed 500 years ago in England, but the above statement about nationalism, "self governing individual", "social mobility" has never been true for England and the US and it is even less true today. The English "class system" is as strong as ever, and the growing social inequality in the US and many other "free and democratic" nations make social mobility practically impossible. Perhaps the huge discrepancy between the hoped for, promised freedom and the actual reality, where people are not free at all, but are completely operated by the profit oriented consumer society is causing tensions, or even "madness"? Unfortunately as the crisis is deepening, and as especially young people have no future prospects due to astonishing youth unemployment, it will be easier and more likely that they can be recruited to extremist movements, violence, regardless of original culture, religion or social status. The only solution would be a truly open and free human society, adapting to the global and integral conditions we find ourselves today, a completely new education system teaching youth how to develop and survive in today's environment creating positive human connections in our interconnected and interdependent network. And of course as a foundation we need a different, mutually responsible and complementing, fair socio-economic system changing our very much layered, unequal communities.