By Chris Wright
Civilizations fail after they turn into trapped in a manner of taking a look at the area that now not works. for lots of, globalization is pushing us to the sting of catastrophe - an onward march of blinkered imaginative and prescient, encouraging passivity, ethical blindness and a tradition of dependency. A neighborhood Manifesto is an elegantly written polemic providing a brand new approach of our social, cultural and fiscal realities. Tackling the an important dimensions of non-public accountability, consensus and group, it indicates how we will be able to discover a new language in which we will be able to reinvigorate our person and social lives, constructing the resourcefulness we'd like yet which proves so tough to domesticate. The imaginative and prescient it offers is persuasive and intensely well timed - purely by means of development group can human society evolve and development.
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Asa result, there is less and less ’core’ (stable, long-term relationships) and more and more ’surface’ (superficial, short-term, role-oriented acquaintanceships)to our lives. We know fewerand fewer people well enough to take the ’human’ route and, as a consequence, more and more disputes are being referred to the courts. As local tiescontinue to atrophy more and more aspects of daily life willbe drawn into the legal arena as laws are passed to deal with everything from noisy neighbours to unsafe cars.
Who ’owns’ information? As isolated individuals we are losing any basis on which to judge right from wrong and, as a consequence, will be ever more prone to following the herd, becoming swept along in a tide that veers from extreme to extreme, little caring (or even knowing) about the damage that is being done to those who are directly affected when they are caught in the cross-fire of the latest public obsession. In a society dominated byroles, our relationships become increasingly characterized by detachment ratherthan engagement; a detachment that is reinforced in all aspects of our lives, including our relationship with our environment.
To adapt, we need to be able to step outside the mind-set that currently grips us like a vice and find different, moreappropriate ways of thinking and doing. 39 I : I l i i I " I 1 . This Page Intentionally Left Blank Ways of the World I f we are to changethe way wethink and act in the world we must first understand something about the processes that go to shape our ideas about the nature of reality. The images of who we are, the purpose of our existence, even the stuff out of which the environment we inhabit is made, have clearly changed over the centuries.
A Community Manifesto (Earthscan Paperback) by Chris Wright