Oligarchical Collectivism in the Adolescence of Humanity - RiseEarth

Oligarchical Collectivism in the Adolescence of Humanity

By Ethan Indigo Smith

When we are children it’s difficult to explain why we are upset and why we feel the way we do. But we usually experience simpler problems that can be handled and surpassed.

As we grow into adolescence our problems become more complicated, and more difficult to articulate – something necessary to the process of problem solving. Our problems sometimes become more complicated than our language can explain and maturity can handle.

Humanity is in its adolescence. Our technological progress in the last fifty years or so is comparable to an adolescent undergoing a dramatic growth. And we, as a global collective of humanity, are the worst type of teenager; the type that thinks we have all the answers and know it all.

All of our problems are of our own manifestation in the most adolescent hubristic terms. And we, as a global collective, know something is wrong. We can variously put our finger on our problems and point to factors, but the bigger picture is almost too massive for our maturity level to fully comprehend and explain.

Our adolescent being causes massive global destruction and pollution, and like a teen alcoholic, this adolescent misbehavior leads to a less productive adulthood. All of our stately, corporate-driven impulses to stake a claim in the world are part of the adolescent era of mankind – and are akin to an unchecked teen drinking spree.

When we cannot explain the turmoil we experience, individually and collectively, we will continue to experience the turmoil, and perhaps continue making it happen and magnifying it.

All of the adolescent problems we manifest can be equated to oligarchical collectivism, a phrase coined by George Orwell in ’1984′. The phrase essentially describes a pyramid social system where the few benefit over the many, essentially the 1% benefit over the 99%. Throughout our collective adolescence, we have cemented the most detrimental oligarchical activities – like war, over-consumption and nuclear experimentation – into our social structures. But like a thirteen year old taking up smoking cigarettes, these activities are detrimental to us, although they might momentarily feel good or justified.

Today, we literally cause biological damage to ourselves and our planet in an oligarchical collectivist fashion. We are adolescently instituting destructive practices that ultimately benefit the few. We have allowed the institutionalization of systems that harm everything on the planet and benefit the often demonstrable, if not approximate 1%, at the cost of generations and all future life to come. For instance the destruction of the environment, of Earth Mother, through mining and then setting fire to earth-sourced gas and oil elements, harms all living beings alive now – and for the foreseeable million years, as far as nuclear experimentation is concerned.

Our adolescent problem is the instituting of destructive systems that benefit the few. If we could understand that what we are doing is essentially crapping the bed of our offspring, we might be able to get a grip and come together, to grow in maturity, to communicate and attempt to solve – or at least not create more – problems. In order to survive, we have to grow past oligarchical collectivism, which requires first understanding and addressing it.

About the author:
Ethan Indigo Smith is the newest member of Wake Up World’s team of Contributing Writers. Ethan was born on a farm in Maine and lived in Manhattan for a number of years before migrating west to Mendocino, California.
The events of September 11, 2001 inspired him to write his first book, The Complete Patriot’s Guide to Oligarchical Collectivism, an insightful exploration of history, philosophy and contemporary politics.
His more recent publications include:
The Matrix of Four, The Philosophy of the Duality of Polarity on the subject of the development of individual consciousness
the controversial The Terraist Letters, a work that humorously contrasts the very serious issues of global nuclear experimentation promotion and global marijuana prohibition
Tibetan Fusion a book of simple meditative practices and movements that can help you access and balance your energy, and
The Little Green Book of Revolution an inspirational book based on ideas of peaceful revolution, historical activism and caring for the Earth like Native Americans.
Visit Ethan on Facebook and check out Ethan’s author page on Amazon.com
Source: wakeup-world

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  1. Beautifully said. No matter what ones personal beliefs might be, we are all unique indibviduals with unique gifts to contribute to the whole; held together by a universal love we must not ignore yet do not fully undrstand unitl mauturity Hopeful signs are already around of a devloping better 'collective' and univeral conscousness of understanidngs even as we rebel in our adolescene..World peace will come when we have learned the lesons of Crestion and know that happiness comes from life and liberty and love for each other. Something, my Faith Book and Deity teaches me as A Christian but these truths of creation are to be found around the world as if it always existed and we have rebelled too much too allow understandings . As a Christian, it has always seemd that its our failing that would mean our Savior would have to return to stop our total destruction from our own' childish' actions. We would be failing the very one we worship...
    Better it be a celebraiton of the return of Love personified for all of us to rejoice in no matter what form or format one expects that return to be in. I share this in a 'universal' sense for 'common' truuhs that seem aways to have been and like in our individual lives have had to come to undestandings that there is wisdom of age and time of those who have gone before as we learn from them what to do and not to do. Lessons we often choose to ignore during our youthful rebillions when we have yet to learn we are not invincible and are part of a universal whole of humanity and desgned to rely on and help each other. Yes, humanity, as a 'collective whole' has not reached that full maturity , yet. We are here to do this toegther and it will not work for good unitl we learn how to do that. Love is the mysterious power that connects us.
    Thanks so much for your wonderful and inspriational website which opens our conscience to realms of understandings and thought and study which is often not readliy made avaalible in this which has not come into its full maturity and promise . Linda Joy Adams