Back to normal, natural life

Events around the world will force us to radically change our way of life. A return to a normal, natural life will be obvious. Climate change will mean that industrial production will have to come to a virtual standstill; sea ​​and air transport is reduced by 99 percent; car traffic and other forms of travel are limited to what is absolutely necessary. Pandemics and other plagues that befall humanity, such as terrorist attacks of unprecedented magnitude, brutal civil wars or natural disasters, will wake people up and motivate them to live differently.

As mentioned, a normal, natural life will be chosen. This is not to say that we will live like our ancestors out of nostalgia about a distant past. In the distant past, also in the West, there was enormous poverty, millions of people died in epidemics and those who were sick often died after terrible suffering. A normal, natural life begins in the family, in solidarity with the wider family and with the people to whom we feel connected by a common history, shared values ​​and a culture that is a continuation of what our ancestors realized and where we are proud of.

Connectedness, solidarity, care for each other and responsibility are the keywords for the new way of life. In fact, this way of life is not new. These are values ​​that have determined for thousands of years whether we are humane or not. In the new way of life, however, we are no longer distracted by what has been artificially imposed on us. Parents will again raise their children themselves. We continue to live together in the same city district or in the same village. We stand in solidarity with the people with whom we feel connected. The neighborhood where we live with our family is a network of solidarity. Everyone can call on this network for extra care, extra supervision of the children, maintenance work or contributions to agriculture and livestock. Each region tries to be self-sufficient as much as possible. No one has to go hungry. The aim is healthy food. We only buy local products. We work together as good stewards of the nature around us and we restore the original landscapes.

There may be an 18-hour work week as useless occupations and production of the useless or environmentally harmful are shut down. In their spare time people can participate in the local network of solidarity.

Working on a powerful country will make it possible to show solidarity with regions in difficulty. Development aid will now be efficient because it is carried out by the returned immigrants, with solidarity support from the richer countries. The rich and democratic countries must have strong armies, not only for the defense of their own country, but above all to help peoples who are being tyrannized and robbed by their leaders. This no longer goes through the United Nations, because this organization is being closed down, but through institutions that are only run by democratic countries.

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