Failing states and personal states

Written by Stuart Haden on July 6, 2022

Capra and Luisi (in their book The Systems View of Life: A Unifying Vision) talk about failing states. The parallels and what to look out for at a national and personal level are surprisingly similar. Addressing the interconnectedness of world problems they note that failing states include…

  • Loss of personal security.
  • Terrorism.
  • Civil conflict.
  • Disintegration of law and order.

But what if on a personal level we also experience…

  • Loss.
  • Terror.
  • Conflict.
  • Disintegration.

Everything is connected. The failing state is the last part of the connection prior to the potential unravelling of civilisation no less. The nation unravels. We unravel. We need to be aware of these indicators – growth, energy and resources.

Growth – corporate, economic, capitalism, population, poverty.

Energy – fossil fuels, peak oil, rising temperatures, rise of local prices, climate change, threats to food security, climate refugees, famine.

Resources – depletion of resources, soil erosion, collapsing fisheries, species extinction, impact on ecosystem services.