Why has our society gone insane and how can it be fixed?
Fantastic essay. Thank you.
It's been a shock to me how little courage I see around me. There is almost nothing that people will make a stand for.
Also how few people seem to have any sense of self preservation.
I would have thought that evolution would have imprinted this into our spirit, but so many people blindly stumble into a death trap that is so obvious.
The loss of self belief is shocking.
Your articles are always quite provocative and thoughtful. There is much in here for me to digest personally for growth.
I doubt that your loyal readers worry that you've strayed from your usual content. Keep going!
Over thirty years ago, my father in law was given urea fertiliser to try in a single paddock, he was so impressed he covered the entire farm in urea. The grass grew an odd yellow green and he lost six dairy cows to bloat, which had never happened before (or since) and was significant in a herd of 120 cows. Next time the fertiliser man came calling, Paddy told him to "bugger off".
We now farm on his largely organic pasture, my other half has a great natural instinct, honed by his father and combined with an ability to understand science + data, I discovered permaculture, agro-ecology and regenerative agriculture in an attempt to understand why what we were doing was working despite the official science and our peers saying it should not. That discovery has lead us to more deeply incorporate trees, meadow flowers, and permaculture systems.
Had Paddy continued the use of urea fertiliser we would be paying around $140,000nzd per annum for it (in todays numbers), so his choice saved the family farm... however the environmental policies being implemented around the world, including where we are, don't really benefit us either, (so suggests to me they are written to eliminate small + medium farms, rather than protect the environment).
Despite being able to show a working farm full of biodiversity, bird + insect life, and still producing at levels similar to our neighbours, we are told over and over it cannot work and we are fools ... while this has prompted further research to deepen our knowledge, refine our understanding, it is disheartening, how can people ignore the proof right in front of them, how can it not prompt a challenge to preconceptions? But the monsanto marketing methods employed by agritech against farmers + policy makers alike, echo of covid marketing. That these methods work so well against farmers who are more connected to the natural world, experience more time alone and engage in practical work is an indication of how powerful these methods are.
Thank you for your insightful writing, it is beautifully written, illuminating and thought provoking.
Thank you MWD for this deep and thoughtful article.
I really appreciate you taking the time, effort and contemplation to produce such a piece.
I have read almost all of your sub stack articles. This was up there with your best.
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I respect your work very much. And i can see there's an immense amount of work put into this article.
Now for the critic part.
Your introduction threw me off. This talk of consciousness of society is pie in the sky, to my ears.
It's at best a religious idea at worst just 19th century spiritism.
Connecting the theory of evolution with "consciousness" and "the consciousness of society" to me makes no sense.
You state these things as if they are unambiguous truths when they are at best extremely complex theories at worst senseless New Age talk.
One of the big issues of psychology is the extreme difficulty this field has in proving any of its theories, hence the replication crisis. One of the reasons to me seems to stem from the field being based in 19th century spiritism through its pioneers such as Freud and especially Jung and before them Franz Mesmer. This results in extreme difficulty producing anything true because its based on false ideas, or at least unverifiable ideas.
To me it mirrors the problem of our current society. The ideas it's based upon are false. We say we're a democracy but we're not. We say it's the ultimate form of rule when it's not and in fact have always been viewed as the worst. We say hedonism is the measure of life quality when its not. We've based our economy on infinite growth, which is just impossible.
Therefore i do think that "the consciousness of society" is a thing that can never lead to any true thing.
We can't arrive at truth if we lay the road with bricks of hot air.
Brilliant essay! I've been continually amazed at the people in my life. The majority went along blindly with the insanity and propaganda that was forced on us the last two and a half years. So sad! I knew from day one something was seriously wrong. God help humanity!
I appreciate this particular post so much. It holds great meaning/ value but also comfort, possibly even hope. I didn’t realize just how hopeless I was feeling until the positive surged up while reading and I was able to retranslate my own perspectives. and I will reread it several more times. Thank you for all that you do.
Wonderful writing AMD as always! I personally believe the underlying etiology of this global tyranny must be realized by the masses. I will say it out loud and no bones about it …... NWO will be thrusted on each and everyone of us world wide if people don’t wake up. Covid was just the tip of the iceberg.
Brilliant, thank you.
First - typo in subtitle (eliminate 2nd “has”).
Second - I am a radio host, writer, content editor and member of the editorial board of a local paper that is re-booting after Covid.
Third - I’m interested in interviewing you for the paper. My radio show (Prose, Poetry & Purpose) focuses on writers seeking to inspire positive social change, one reader & one listener at a time. I’m considering dong a written version of the show as a column for the local paper.
Fourth - I’m a 25-year Informed Consent Advocate and have greatly appreciated your insights. Thank you for taking the risk and speaking up.
If you’re interested, please reach out via my contact page in my website: marchtwisdale.com. You can scroll through 7 years of interviews on the home page, as well.
I hope to hear from you.
What an incredible article.
Thank you. I enjoy your pieces and share.
Love your thoughtful work. Can you possibly try using the podcast feature of Substack? Would love to "read" this on my walks.
Your essays have become my 'go to' source of reason and explanation. I feel like the first 50 years of my life I have learned nothing and these last 2 1/2 years I am playing catch up. Thank you for helping many understand what is happening.
Very perceptive and wide ranging post, thank you for writing it. I've been saying for a while that the West is having a collective nervous breakdown. Problem is, we do not know how to fix ourselves. I agree that having no 'anchor' is the deeper problem but returning to that old time religion doesn't work for many of us. We're in an existential, physical and spiritual crisis. As a society, we may be done. The upside is that as writers, we will never run out of things to write about in our lifetime. Cold comfort.