Just read this Monkeysphere article. The short explanation here is that society doesn’t work, because we can’t really care for more than 150 people at a time. This comes right on top of reading The Benshi essay on “The Nerd Loop” which is about how really smart people are failing to communicate that the biosphere is slowly burning down. Kind of like when the firemen can’t tell you to leave the building because it is burning. Here’s the most depressing science talk I’ve seen . 19 minutes of buzz kill. Combine this with what is on the news, on any Google news summary page, and what my ‘friends’ are posting on Facebook, and it sure seems like it is time to check the emergency supply, clean the guns and set up a perimeter. That requires deciding that you accept the limits of a 150 person tribe, that you reject the possibility that humans can succeed and you and yours aren’t part of anything beyond that perimeter.
So where are people exceeding those limits? Where is society working? Where and what is the work that works? That builds community, stability and prosperity in a way that includes more than 150 people at a time?
If you have a clue send it to me. It’s reinvention time and all suggestions are welcome.