by Carolyn Baker
It’s happening daily now, almost hourly — rampant eruptions of violence throughout the so-called developed world. As civilization unravels, the uncivilized behavior of humans is becoming viral, and the culture of empire is quite simply going mad as its values, assumptions, and reasons for existing are evaporating with dizzying speed. For those who are and have been collapse-aware for some time, it is important not only to make sense of the epidemic violence, but to incorporate skillful responses to it.
Underlying the chaos is the reality of civilization’s dissolution. But what does that actually mean?
…From birth, citizens of empire are taught to serve that system by way of education, career choices, work, marriage, family, home ownership, political participation, and religion. When citizens reach a certain age, they are thrown away by the culture because they no longer have value in perpetuating the system but now require service from the system. Until that time, throughout adult life, one’s primary identity is that of a producer who willingly focuses above all else on working, consuming, and paying taxes. Any other role the producer has — parent, spouse, volunteer — must be secondary to the role of worker/consumer/taxpayer.
…Moreover, citizens are constantly rewarded for refusing to question these assumptions. To question would be to demonstrate disturbing symptoms of adulthood. Empire needs infantile servility in order to perpetuate itself indefinitely.