Thoughts on my statement: “The modern world is doomed to fail”

Many times I have said this statement:

“The modern world is doomed to fail.”

In other words, I tend to view the modern world as something which is temporary and which will eventually, and inevitably, fail.  How could the modern world possibly continue in the way it is going?  It simply cannot continue going like this forever.  To me, that’s common sense.  Not only that, it seems blatantly obvious.

It seems that the modern world is doomed to fail for a number of reasons:

  • It is incredibly destructive and in many different ways.  The modern world is destructive in almost every way imaginable:  militarily, environmentally, culturally, etc.  Its the most destructive system in history.  Basically, it appears that, since WWII, there has been more destruction, in every form, than in the whole of world history before it combined.  That makes the past 70 years the most destructive in history!
  • It creates tremendous amounts of waist, refuse, garbage, pollution, and such.  I’ve always thought that if we took all the garbage of the modern world since WWII and dumped it in the ocean it would make an island out there.  But we must also include stuff like exhaust emissions, various forms of pollution, and such.
  • It is one-sided and requires certain conditions in order to work.  In some respects, the change in humanity, during the modern world, are primarily in response to the condition which the modern world requires.  In other words, humanity has to conform to it.  The modern world doesn’t change for us . . . we have to change for it.
  • It controls us . . . we don’t control it!  Initially, it seems that humanity controlled the modern world.  But now this is not the case anymore.  We are now the slaves to this great beast.
  • It makes humanity dependent on it.  We now need it to survive.  In this way, the modern world has actually destroyed humanities self-reliance and independence.  I’ve always felt that this fact is going to haunt humanity in the future.
  • It tends to undermine human society, often breaking it apart.  The modern world has practically destroyed the need for a human society.  As I said above, we have to conform to it.  The problem is that the modern world does not follow human qualities.  As a result, we must get rid of these human qualities in order to fit into modern society.  The more “modern” we get the less human we become.
  • It fosters overpopulation which, in turn, makes the modern world grow.  For various reasons, the modern world tends to promote overpopulation.  In fact, the more successful it works the more it seems to inspire overpopulation.  The growing overpopulation then causes a greater need for “modernism” to sustain it.  This then pushes humanity to be more dependent on the modern world.  This gives the modern world more power over us.  The result, we lose control over things.
  • It creates very destructive machines, systems, and ways.  What the modern world has created is almost frightening at times.  The weapons of destruction, the machines of economy, the systems of control and regulation . . . to me, its like watching the growth of an overlord over us and which we are powerless against.

All in all, the modern world is like a big massive leech upon the world and people, sucking the life out of things.  Not only that, it can be compared to a big massive beast or machine that is as if marching all over the world.  To me, it seems that the modern world has turned humanity into something like a parasite upon the earth.  I don’t see how a system like this can continue indefinitely . . . its doomed to fail.

Many people, though, tend to view the modern world as this great “power” and assume that it will never die, almost as if it were a god.  In fact, there is a common view that the modern world is something that will “save” us.  This isn’t all that surprising as it is the heir to Christianity.  This point of view seems associated with the Protestant Reformation.  Basically, after the Protestant Reformation there developed a growing doubt about Christianity and the Bible.  This is because there, all of a sudden, there appeared all of these different ways of interpreting the Bible (Lutheran, Calvinist, Puritan, etc.) . . . and they all claimed that they were correct!  This caused, in actuality, a loss of faith in many people.  But, at the same time that this was happening, there was a growing resurgence of neo-classicism.  That is to say, there was a growth in the study of the Greek and Roman classics, particularly at the Universities.  This growth, for many people, would end up replacing the dogma of Christianity, which they lost faith in.  But since Europe had been Christian for centuries it continued to maintain many Christian attitudes.  These attitudes would carry on over to neo-classical thinking.  The idea of being “saved”, for example, would change.  It would no longer be Christ who “saves” us but it generally went in two directions, both based in neo-classical thinking:

  1. Science and knowledge.
  2. Democracy and freedom.

Both of these stem from the Greek and Roman traditions and philosophies.  The former – science and knowledge – would turn into the modern world.  As a result, this point of view would make it so that the modern world became viewed as something that will “save” us . . . the new messiah!  This makes it so that people think that the modern world is a “permanent” solution to the worlds problems and, accordingly, will “save” us.  It also develops this point of view that, with the growth of modernism, we will all be happy and a utopia will be created.

I tend to feel, though, that the modern world is only setting the stage for a future crisis which will more than likely affect a large part of the world.  I have always felt that this crisis has the potential of being bad.  But this is not how it appears at first glance.

The modern world, it seems to me, is something that developed primarily to deal with overpopulation (see my article “Thoughts on overpopulation“).  It began to appear, in particular, in England in the 1800’s when it was having overpopulation problems.  This caused great strain on the society.  When industrialization and science appeared it as if “absorbed” the overpopulation problems at the time.  It lessoned the problems and even seemed to solve it.  Because of this, I tend to believe that, if these problems had not existed, the modern world would probably of never begun to get established in England.  They would of been inventions that “came and went”.  In short, the overpopulation problems of England, in the 1800’s, gave industrialization (the modern world) a “use”.  Without that “use” industrialization would of never taken hold and the modern world may of never been created.  This suggests that there is a close relationship between overpopulation and the modern world.

The coming of the modern world seemed to “solve” overpopulation problems initially.  But, as I said above, the modern world is very destructive and behaves like a parasite upon the world and will eventually fail as a result.  In short, even though its seeming to “solve” overpopulation problems its actually doing damage in other ways, and ways that will eventually catch up to us.  This means that the modern world is actually a temporary solution . . . it is not a permanent solution to overpopulation.   In short, the modern world is “buying time” for humanity by temporarily stalling overpopulation problems . . . the problems will eventually catch up to us in time.

As the modern world is “buying time” it is doing a number of things:

  • Its making people more dependent on it.
  • It is fostering even worse overpopulation.
  • It is becoming a power.
  • It is becoming more destructive.

In other words, as time passes the condition that instigated it – overpopulation – continues to grow and is not solved.  In short, the modern world does not solve the actual problem!  This is why I call it a “temporary solution”.  And its this “temporary solution” that gives the illusion that if it solved.  This illusion is also helped by the idea that the modern world is our “savior”.  In these ways, the modern world is like a big grand illusion.  It give the illusion that humanity “seems OK” in the hands of the modern world.  With this we see that the modern world is an illusion that seems to solve the problem but really isn’t.  As I said above, it is only “buying time”, which is actually making it worse, and seems to be setting the stage for a future crisis, when it begins to fail.

I’ve often wondered how the modern world will fail.  Will it fail dramatically or slowly over time?  I think historical conditions, that are unknown at this time, will determine that.  My guess is that, since the world is a big place, it will do a little of both depending on where you are at.  In some cases it would be dramatic, like the Depression.  In other places it could be almost imperceptible.  There’s also a possibility that some other system will appear that will, over time, supplant it.  Perhaps this new system will “save” us from the modern world.  Who can say?

But I have always felt that the “when” and “how” the modern world fails is an important question to ask nowadays.  I’ve also think there is the question of “what do we do when it fails?”

Copyright by Mike Michelsen

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