Beyond Civilization

I hope to make the issues of your work apparent to others but admit to a sense of hopelessness in this task. The rich, because they gain from the System, and the poor, because they feel trapped by it, will block any attempt at change. We know that the current trend can only end in social collapse. Ideally, we would prevent the collapse, but I don’t see how. Do you? We have the beginning and the end of a story: The problems our society has now, and some outline of what we would like to see. What is missing is the middle chapters: the method of getting the masses, both rich and poor, to break the system they have benefitted from and been trapped by. Because this middle part is missing, I’m beginning to lose faith in a happy ending. I feel as though there is a very simple path, just beyond perception, that is always just a couple of steps away. I can’t see it but feel that it is there, and the more I read about where the path leads, the more frustrating it gets that we don’t know in which direction to tread.

I may be confused about the inclusion of Michael Time in your website…..Is it a belief that changes for survival will come from the bungled searching of the roots of society – from the revolutionaries who don’t understand what they seek but only know they have to find it? I would hope that some more vital upwelling could provide a wave of change….It just seems so far off when the Michaels of the world lead the way. He has so many personal issues, he seems far removed from an unselfish cause.

In the “Second Guess dialogue” you said that while you consider yourself a feminist, you feel that men and women are both victims of a vicious cultural system, hence, deal with this victimization in different ways. You went on to say that many feminists disagree. I am curious about this and was wondering if you could elaborate a bit. My conclusion would be that since our culture assumes that there is one right way to live, men and women in our culture assume that there is one right place for a person, according to their sex. What’s your take on it, and why do many feminists tend to disagree?

I’ve sensed a growing dissatisfaction occurring in the cultural mainstream. Examples abound of everyday people picking up and leaving their lives, or changing their lives radically (I noted this as a parallel to Mayan activity). This is primarily found in popular culture (e.g. movies, music) but also occurs on an individual basis very frequently. Do you feel this is merely an indication of something as simple as a baby-boomer universal mid-life crisis only to return to old values, or is it people changing and possibly rejecting the cultural memes we’ve adopted in favor of better alternatives?