And no one seems to want one. That would be too much, people might say. Too much togetherness. Much better to stay apart – with no responsibility for each other – or for the world itself.
To take this further – they might say “What world?” And I will say “The human world!” “Oh that.” they will reply “Whoever dreamed that up? There is no human world – only a strange assortment of states and failed states – that cannot possibly work together – because they have nothing in common!”
If I say “But we are all human.” They will reply “Absolutely not! We are as different as we can be – and always have been.” And they have a point.
Allow me to revert to my reference to the global economy. Is this real – is it a useful idea? The answer has to be – kind of. It’s kind of real, and kind of useful.
I am reading Capitalism: A Short History – that tries to answer this question. It’s interesting reading. I haven’t reached the end – but I know it comes to much the same conclusion – Capitalism is being fundamentally redefined. And and in its new form – it may, or may not, work. Odds are that it won’t.
The human material can only stretch so far – and we have exceeded our limit.