Our Modern Feudal Society

Just a quick reminder. There’s only 32 days left in this year.

OK, before I begin, some house cleaning. The Day # of 180, thing – that got old (and I got too busy to blog everyday) – so that is O-Fish-Ally shit canned. OK, as you were, back to… what was I talking about, oh yeah, ‘Our Modern Feudal Society’.

The word in particular that I want to pick on is ‘Feudal’ because it is. We are still operating on the same model – the one they had back when the fastest you could travel depended on the horse you were riding.

The model is dressed up a bit and names changed to protect the not-so innocent, but the shape, function and outcome is the same. Note also that I am not, absolutely not, talking about monarchy or democracy – I am talking about Nation states. Countries. Now I know that this is not yet the popular view – that many, are still tied to the flag, but I think, ultimately the only way forward for humanity is to truly band together; and we won’t do that while we’re separated. Any alternative to a single nation simply leaves us fragmented.

The social construct of “Country”, confined with geographic areas, and adhered to by laws drawn up between countries; laws that are often broken; is an extension of the time when people lived on a Lord’s land, paid a tithe to the Lord and did his bidding. In that time, there were laws too, just not as many, but the few were often broken; and then, as now the people who had to fight the wars were the poor.

Not much has changed.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re in America, Australia, China, Japan, United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Greece – whatever; the model you’re all operating under is based upon that old feudal model. The concept that a group of people own a piece of land and that a collection of those pieces is called, “a Country”. Land (or space) ownership should be a basic human right, but does it need to be “collected” under the banner of a country?

The model we need to work towards is geographic cultural identification and distinction, migrant benefit to the geographic, and a balanced approach to the resources of the planet.

How long will it take for this to happen? Would such a move eradicate war? Without national armies how much money (resources) would be saved? If jobs in the “military industrial complex” (MIC) are lost, how could these jobs be replaced? Is it possible to dream that we could eliminate starvation as a cause of death?

Are we nuts to think that we could live in harmony respecting our differences and our individual property?

One thought: We could get rid of one of the “layers’ of bureaucracy.

What benefit do we, as individuals, really get from belonging to a country? Ask not what you do for your country but what your country does for you.

House, Village, Town, City, Mega-City, Global. Naturally, Global would be broken down to cover geographic areas; but still, there could be a drastic reduction in the number of politicians and bureaucrats in the world (that’s a BIG win in my book).

Where the concept of country get’s really “old hat” is when we’re all digitally connected. I mean all 7 billion of us, excluding the babies who haven’t yet figured out an iPhone (my two year old daughter happily flips through the images on her mother’s phone). It hasn’t happened yet, but when it does, imagine what change the people of the world could bring about by simply voting on line.

Perhaps we can then have a “Earth’s Humanity Spring” where we insist that wars cease and the polluting of the only rock with life on it for as far as we can see – stop.