3.16. A Way Out of This Mess

If you’ve been following along, you’re probably starting to see a big picture emerging.

If you’ve been following along, you’re probably starting to see a big picture emerging.

There’s a lot of moving parts to it. But it’s a coherent story that explains many of our social problems.

And even more importantly…it’s an explanation that suggests a way out of this mess.

What we’re dealing with is primarily an institutional crisis—not an ideological one.

We live in a rapidly growing, globalizing world. Our institutions haven’t kept up with the challenges and complexities of the twenty-first century.

We don’t trust our institutions anymore. So we’re looking to our ideologies, our beliefs, and our values for answers—which is only natural.

But it’s a trap. Because our political parties have gotten too good at dividing us. They know how to push our buttons. They know how to use ideologies to pit us against each other.

It shouldn’t be a surprise that the American people are divided very nearly in half into two camps, feeling further apart and more hostile toward each other by the day. That’s precisely what this system is set up to do. That’s its natural end state.

In a democracy, we the people are supposed to have the power. But when we’re so divided—with each half of the country working against the other—we don’t. We largely cancel each other out.

And who benefits from this? The politicians and corporations who’re supposed to be accountable to us—but instead are running the show.

We have to bust out of this two-party gridlock. And the rallying cry is simple: people over institutions.

When there’s a conflict between the well-being of we the people and the entrenched interests of some institution…the people ought to win out.

This two-party system doesn’t benefit us. So it’s gotta go.

Corporations have too much leverage over our governments. So we need to take that leverage away from them.

This shouldn’t just be the case in the United States. It should be that way all over the world.

There are 7.5 billion of us living in the world today. Just imagine what a powerful political force we could be, if we stopped pretending we were divided into 200 silly countries and started working together as a unit.

This is our world. These are our institutions.

They’re supposed to work for us. And when they don’t, we need to change them.

Obviously, this is all much easier said than done.

But I don’t think it’s impossible.

I think it’s very much achievable.

I’ve made over 50 videos so far. And I plan to make over 150, by the time I’m done.

So stay tuned. If you’re skeptical, I hope as you keep following that you’ll start to see this is realistic and achievable too.

 

This is the 60th in a series of over 150 videos about how to create real, lasting social change. Click here for a list of all titles, videos, and transcripts.

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