When I see dynamics that hold our current ecocidal system in place, I see expressions of universal systems dynamics.
SYSTEMS SEEK DYNAMIC EQUILIBRIUM
Systems seek dynamic equilibrium, and they have dynamics in place to try to maintain that equilibrium. It will resist anything that’s destabilizing. That’s natural and healthy. That’s how any system exists and that’s how we are here.
SPECIFIC EXPRESSIONS OF THESE UNIVERSAL DYNAMICS
In our ecocidal system, we see many expressions of this. Some ridicule those who question the sanity of our current system. Some want to continue with business as usual because it’s comfortable or it serves their short-term interests. Some deny that we are in an ecological crisis. Some think it’s hopeless. Some misdiagnose the problem and blame corporations or the government. Laws and courts sometimes protect those who destroy ecosystems and punish those who seek to protect them.
These are all expressions of our current ecocidal system, and they are expressions of dynamics seeking to maintain the equilibrium of this system.
It’s not personal. It’s not really about the individual. It’s all expressions of systems dynamics, often expressed through the attitudes and behaviors of groups and individuals.
So how does this system change? How does it shift into another state, hopefully, one that’s more life-centered?
It shifts the way any system shifts. It shifts due to a build-up of dynamics pushing it out of equilibrium and into another state.
It shifts because too many things induce it to shift, overcoming the dynamics seeking to keep it in equilibrium.
A SHIFT OUT OF OUR ECOCIDAL SYSTEM AND INTO SOMETHING ELSE
In our case, it will shift because the dire situation we are in will become obvious to more and more people, the necessity to shift into a more life-centered civilization becomes obvious to enough people, and enough people are taking action to make those changes.
The other option is a collapse of our current civilization. A small portion of humans may survive and create another culture. Or humans may collapse with the system. Either way, our global ecological system will continue and find another equilibrium that deals with the changes our civilization has caused.
Note: These are the things I was passionate about in my teens and early twenties, in the ’80s and ’90s. I haven’t really kept myself up to date with systems views since then, but I assume the essence of this still applies. For the last 10-15 years, I have been unable to read much or take in much information due to my health.Read More