Thursday, April 9, 2009

When Belief in the System Fades

Charles Hugh Smith revisits a topic we've hashed over here at FutureJacked on several occasions - the phase change in attitudes that allow entire systems of thought and belief to collapse in a heap. Socionomics, in my opinion, provides the stresses that bombard belief systems. The individual choices of how to react to the massive waves of optimism and pessimism color the destiny of those systems. When a belief system becomes so divorced from reality that it turns into a cancer instead of a tool to advance society and protect the productive, then that cancerous growth has only one destiny - exponential growth leading to a putrid die-off (of the system, not necessarily of those who used to operate under it - the shrugging off of a belief system can actually result in a better quality of life in some cases). Enjoy. Much to ponder here. The problem is that there are so few metrics to guide us or to tell us if such a loss of sustaining belief in a system is occurring. Until it is too late, of course...

Survival+ 10: When Belief in the System Fades
April 9, 2009
by Charles Hugh Smith

At some point--perhaps a "tipping point" or just an erosion--the middle class bails out of the increasingly burdensome task of propping up the state and the Plutocracy. I call this phenomenon "When Belief in the System Fades."

There are elites in every human culture (and in the social apes as well). But unlike a troop of chimps ruled by an alpha male, today's elites cannot operate the vast complex structure of the U.S. economy, government and society themselves. They need hundreds of thousands of well-educated, hard-working people to believe in the system of meritocracy, justice, opportunity, etc., people who will choose to invest their entire productive lives in sustaining the structure which the elites influence/control.

The corollary to this structural need for highly motivated, dedicated people to work the gears is that if their belief in the machine fades, then the machine grinds to a halt...

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