George L

Co-Coordinator, Student Hubs

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From tribalism to 'big society' and back again. Are we more likely to fall back into a state of 'chaos'?

I would regard myself as a highly empathic person. I will teach my future children the 'golden rule' which transcends religious and secular societies. But with this increased state of globalisation, paired with a heavy reliance on technology developing alongside global power shifts and the widening poverty gap, how long do you envisage maintaining a more 'worldly and harmonious' global community that the video predicts?

The optimism I share for most things also plays out in my mind when it comes to this question. But we must also think of the disastrous flip-side. With increasing pressures from the changing climate (whether you believe we affect it or not) and with the population projected to reach 7 billion by 2015, the feral side of human nature is bound to come out when vast population shifts occur.
I was wondering how we in the West would accommodate the increasing number of refugees, if at all? Would you yourself be prepared to live alongside thousands of uprooted travellers at the degradation of your own standard of living? Are we more likely to see society revert back to hostile tribalism, or would you say we already exist in such a state (to an extent)? If truly we wanted to create an empathic world, then these questions must be tackled first.

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    May 5 2011: Very good question. Both the US and Canadian military institutions have prepared reports about the possible impacts of climate change including mass migration from deeply effected areas of the world. The population growth and climate shifts lead to the worst-case scenarios. I don't think their solution is a big welcoming committee.