Society Will Not Collapse

Many people have some fear and/or belief that we are facing the collapse of society. Especially if the economy collapses.

Economic collapse does NOT mean societal collapse.

The majority of people, especially today, have a drive to produce and cooperate. This is logical thinking.

The drive or belief in surviving through sheer aggression and pillaging is only present in a minority of people. Throughout history, there have been small groups or cultures which attempted to survive through such means. However, even the Vikings did far more trading than raiding. In truth, they were masters of agriculture and produced more than enough for survival, which enabled that trade.

Organized cultures through history have always joined forces to fight against and overthrow more militaristic influences. Pillaging, theft and scavenging can only take you so far. Think about who the pillaging societies pillaged FROM. That would be from the much larger, more peaceful societies that were productive and cooperative.

Yes, society as we currently know it could fall apart but would quickly reorganize. Society can be fragmented, segregated but not destroyed. The majority of people want safety, order, cooperation and peace. That does not negate competition at various levels but most competition occurs via sports, trading, etc.

Most of us also understand that we produce quite enough to survive and resources for survival are not truly limited or scarce. Capitalism tries to convince us of scarcity, yet anyone in poverty can see grocery stores, restaurants and so forth filled with food and supplies. It is not a lack of resources for survival which is scare, it is access to the means of gaining those resources, in other words money, which is hoarded by a select few and guarded by others who fear being in the same position.

Does a cashier or security guard have any personal stake in an incident where someone steals a loaf of bread? Not really. Their concern is in whether they can be fired for not stopping the thief, which would leave them unemployed and in the same position as the thief. Most of us object strenuously when the response to that theft is physical abuse or an extraordinarily long period of incarceration for that offense.

One has to consider the fact that human history far predates capitalism and currency. There are many small societies that still exist without a formal currency. Those societies are structured, generally peaceful and productive. They engage in trade and cooperation with other small societies that are also peaceful and productive. Those small societies have often existed for centuries or millennia.

I have stated before that money does not exist in nature. It is a fabrication which was created for convenience in trade. It is supposed to be a representation of possession of other resources. It was not created to be a resource in and of itself. Yet that is what it has turned into over time. The fact is that most of us would be more than willing to surrender the existence of currency as long as we felt secure that our physical and emotional needs would be met consistently.

This is where capitalism comes in to manipulate your perception of need. There are things we enjoy and things we need. Yes, we need food, clothing, medical care and shelter. Do you really NEED that $400 pair of boots? Do your teeth and shirts NEED to be that white? Do you NEED that boat or ATV? Do you NEED that Bluetooth connection in your car? Do you NEED that latest $1000 phone?

Our perception of need is determined very much by our environment and what resources we can access. We all enjoy luxuries of some kind. That is natural. However, capitalism has expanded our perception to the degree that luxury has displaced need for many people.

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