Since the beginning of the millennium, the approximate inventory of confrontation related costs in the world includes: war deaths nearing 800 thousand; global military expenditure about 23 trillion USD; homeland security expenditure globally at least 6 trillion USD; tens of thousands of soldiers back home with serious physical and mental trauma, with all the consequences for their families and friends; severe impacts on core spiritual values such as human rights, privacy and freedoms, as a result of measures, designed to protect our physical existence; not massively achieved economic efficiency gains due to restriction of advanced technologies for military use only; art and culture creativity environment irreparable losses; huge destruction of material values and culture; others.
And, if we see the developments in international security and home security for the same period – January 2000 to February 2015, very few analysts might find some trace of improvement. What is the meaning, then, of losing these hundreds of thousands of people and wasting tens of trillions of dollars? In terms of efficiency, if international security, hypothetically, was managed by some corporation, with such cost – efficiency ratio the shareholders would have fired the whole board of directors immediately.
The above mentioned extensive losses are in reality caused by only one thing: group or groups of human beings organized in configurations of various character – state, non-state, tribal, religious, dictatorial, ideological, racial, etc., are carrying out hostile activities against another group or groups of human beings, organized in similar way. And we are inclined to tolerate such regime of functioning of our world, and even consider it normal, for only one reason: we are slow to perceive the new reality that the current ubiquitous primitive political thinking cannot be any more the basic approach to solving the fundamental issues of our contemporary world.
Of course all the history of mankind is a history of conflicts and wars. And to motivate warriors to risk their lives in the battle, culture of war had to arise and to bloom – starting from the images in some cave drawings, through Terracotta Army, Troy, Roman legions, crusaders, samurai, Vikings, pirates, world wars troops and modern armies, and finally even to the Star Wars. Until not so far in history, the most victorious military commanders were entitled to take the crown, or to head the state. Alike animals, the dark charm of war and violence is deeply built into the texture of our biological program for survival and dominance. With one essential difference, which we rarely mention: normally, animals in the jungle would not kill more than they can eat.
Naturally, after practicing for many centuries and millennia on innumerable battlefields, we became better and better in playing the War Game. Ground-breaking new discoveries and cutting-edge technologies have always been exclusively implemented in making better weapons, depriving thus millions of people of the potential benefits for improving everyday human life. We have invested huge material, financial and human energy resources to learn how to kill, and how to die, in more professional and sophisticated manner. While, at the same time, gradually, and to some extent unnoticeably, dynamic processes in the overall development of the human civilization in all areas took us into a totally new world. Because of the intensive globalization, today we are all living in one village. And because of technological advance, our weapon toys have become much more expensive, and too lethal. It’s time to realize, that continuing to play the War game, under the current conditions we are already playing the Wrong Game.
It is high time to start considering new alternatives.
Take, for example, the history of Switzerland. The wise Swiss ceased fighting in 1848, and established a fair and democratic political structure, based on cantons, where people of different nationalities, languages, religions and cultures, live together in high standard and very acceptable security environment. A system that even proved it can self-develop with the time. So, if the Swiss found a way to create a socio-political environment for individuals of different cultures and religions to live without violence for already 177 years, what prevents other countries and regions to do it? And why don’t we expand it to the global scale?
If we presume, that no other power – divine, or originating from other galaxy, but humans only, who are present at this point of time on our planet, can be the only players involved in every human behaviour related event taking place in our current world, then, decisions made by people in their governments and international organizations, and well as other actors, should have sufficient power to design and impose a new global socio-political environment and framework of relations, adequate to the current level of globalization, and capable of incorporating the existing diversity of culture, religion, traditions, etc. in a non-confrontational manner.
And why is that not happening?
My answer would be: the nowadays low levels of civilizational thinking in individual, political, corporate, government and in any other aspect, is critically lagging behind the current stage of globalized human society, which is already functioning in new civilizational dimensions, and which already defines new imperatives for how to design the code of living in our global village. If we all want a better life, of course.
Diagnosis: Civilizational Thinking Deficiency