Our Ideology in 2035
The system of ideas and ideals that form the basis of our life
A postcard from Gracey summarising life
July 11, 2035
All human societies construct and teach stories that help members of the society to place themselves, their families and their communities, and to help navigate their world. These stories give shape and meaning to knowledge and provide reasons for why things are the way they are. The stories help give citizens a sense of where they fit in the bigger picture and they help maintain the smooth running of society.
Prior to globalisation, Western civilisation’s story served its people well for hundreds of years. But then people started questioning whether it was time for a more universal human story that works for more globalised societies. The human story we adopted in the early 2020's has eight distinct differences to your human story. We’ll go into detail in future postcards, but summarising the core differences here provides a framework for what we will cover later:
- Religion: Your major religions feature a single, male deity who punishes those who do not obey him. These religions reinforce the idea of hierarchy — where the least successful serve the most successful — and patriarchy — where men are superior to women. In our world, we have replaced the idea of a deity with the idea of a magical, little-understood force that pervades all of life. This life force exhibits many of the traits of right-brain thinking and as a result we’ve replaced hierarchy with heterarchy — a process of malleable and constantly-changing leadership roles rather than fixed structures. We’ve replaced patriarchy with mutuality and equality — where we advocate for the dignity and equality of all people, regardless of sex or colour.
- Competition: Your religions have encouraged the belief that humans are superior to other living creatures and that the natural state of humankind is to ruthlessly compete with each other. You’ve created complex structures of command and control that reinforce a belief of scarcity that rewards the few and takes away from the many. In our abundant world there is more than enough for everyone to share abundantly and we have no reason to plunder the earth of her resources. We collaborate and enjoy coopetition, rather than constantly competing at the expense of others.
- Governance: Because your society is driven by a belief in scarcity and competition, you have had to construct complex defence and governance systems, run by increasingly large and inefficient bureaucracies. Huge and expensive prison systems are required because your society believes it is better to punish a crime driven by need, instead of meeting the need. In our abundant society, most crime has disappeared because everyone has what they need. We have shifted away from central governance to self-governance.
- Science: Your entire body of science relies on breaking down portions of the whole into smaller, quantifiable, provable and manageable hypotheses. Quantum physics is studied assuming that the laws of physics apply to quanta. As a result your scientists have been blinded to many solutions that they simply cannot see because some scientific discoveries do not conform to the physical laws you have observed and measured. In our world we are much more open to possibility and we have embraced discoveries that violate Newtonian physics.
- Economy: Yours is a doctrine of uncontrolled markets: it says that the best route to prosperity is individuals pursuing their own self-interest, and the market is the only way to express that self-interest. Very little value is placed on purely creative activities and wages have been linked solely to activities that directly support the market. In our world we have replaced markets with cooperatives and we have entirely broken the relationship between work and wages.
- Energy: Your entire society has been built using energy that has been controlled and monopolised. As a result, your energy is becoming more and more costly — both to extract and distribute, as well as the consequences of increasing energy use. In our world, energy is owned by no-one and everyone on the planet has free access to as much energy as they require.
- Health: Your entire medical system exists to cure symptoms, not promote health. As a result, your society — although (mostly) symptom-free—is one of the unhealthiest societies in history. Our society uses data to analyse whole-person health and our focus is on prevention rather than cure.
- Environment: Your environmental issues are merely a symptom of systemic failures, but because of the way your medical system works, everyone can only see the symptom, rather than the cause. You have endless debates about global warming, C02 levels and rising sea levels, while ignoring the root cause of your situation. We haven’t had an environmental discussion in many years. It’s just not necessary, because we addressed the root cause: neoliberalism. It wasn’t easy, but we knew we had to get it right.
The story that we’ve believed for hundreds of years about society and civilisation is just that: a story. And it’s a story we can change, if we have the courage.
Big Questions to Explore
- What is Big History? Ask Google
- What does it mean to have dominion over the earth? Ask Google
- Has neoliberalism dominated our planet? Ask Google
- What is the difference between deductive learning and procedural learning? Ask Google
- Is there an alternative to the scientific method? Ask Google
- What is the difference between earned and unearned income? Ask Google
- Which wealthy individuals control existing assets and harvest unearned income? Ask Google
- What is the world’s most valuable resource? Ask Google
- Who owns the most data? Ask Google
- Who said “in order to avoid undesirable criticism, how the organisation is controlled and directed should not be widely advertised” and what was he referring to? Ask Google
- Is a revolt against capitalism feasible? Ask Google
- What does “refusal to win” mean as far as protests are concerned? Ask Google
Postcards from 2035 is a series of profoundly simple interlinking ideas describing life in a highly desirable society, where everything and everyone is advanced, happy, intelligent and problem-free. It’s a blueprint of the world we need to create. The best thing you can do to help us get there is to share with your friends and get the conversation started with the questions this postcard has raised.