The biggest revolution
For the past couple of years, it’s looked pretty clear that the world is heading for a massive realignment on a scale we haven’t seen since the end of the Second World War, maybe even end of the First World War.
The reason? We increasingly don’t trust the institutions and traditions that hold us together.
Look at Brexit – it’s driven by lack of faith in the status quo. Trump’s election as president – the same. The election of authoritarians around the world – once again the same.
Meanwhile, online propaganda is becoming increasingly powerful, and it’s becoming harder to tell reality from all the lies. We’re increasingly losing faith in everything.
And the rising trend for nationalism is increasing tensions between countries. It’s mostly relatively civil right now, but I don’t see how we go on like we are without something snapping. I don’t know when it will happen, and when it does it won’t be pleasant – but maybe it’s necessary.
We can’t go on becoming more divided, hating each other more. It feels like we’re all more angry about people with sharply opposing views to ourselves than we used to be.
We thought the shifts in society brought about by technology would bring us closer together, create more understanding between far-flung people – and it has, but the kick back against that from the established world order has been greater than many expected.
Maybe to truly reap the benefits of a more connected, globally collaborative world, we have to go through a period of intense change that makes everything else more amenable to that.
Will it be a war? Will it be massive social upheaval – like the Arab Spring on an even more epic scale? I’m not sure, but something big along those lines sadly seems inevitable.
I’d rather not go through that kind of ‘big revolution,’ but it might be the only way to shake off all the madness we see around us – at least for a few decades.