21st century politics

My last journal entry January 13, 2020

How long will it be before mankind will realize that there is only one solution to reverse the climate crisis or not to make it worse? That only solution lies in a radical restriction of our consumer behavior. However, that limitation is very difficult. People do not want to leave a system where they have lived happily and prosperously for so long. Moreover, it would undermine one of the foundations of the modern welfare state, namely economic growth. Enormous unemployment would result.

I believe, however, that we could live even happier with a very sober lifestyle. As an example I take an abbey that is self-sufficient. A close-knit community lives there, who, in addition to the necessary work they perform, pay particular attention to what the monks experience as the most meaningful. Monks are therefore usually very happy. They live long and are a source of inspiration for many people.

By analogy with the abbeys, every village, every city, every region and every country should be self-sufficient. This applies not only to food, but also to the production and maintenance of the goods that are necessary for a healthy life. Everyone contributes to agriculture, horticulture, production and maintenance, just like the monks in the abbey. The abbot also works in the pig stables. There are no unemployed, because there is enough work.


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