For a number of months now, I have been presenting an extended series of postings on my vision of a mature society. Mainly I have done this as an invitation to the reader (and to myself) to undertake the thought experiment of what would life actually be like. I’ve often focused on the Victory City model in so doing.
I have also done this because I strongly believe that we need to have a positive vision to move towards. Essentially if you don’t know where you are going (i.e., towards something as compared to away from), “it doesn’t much matter which way you go.” (thus spoke the Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland.) From my perspective, most of the writings in global warming describe what we need to move away from, e.g., away from fossil fuels, away from global warming. Often there is a movement towards technology such as renewable energy sources, but seldom is there a discussion of where our culture is going.
Throughout this series I have been fleshing out the Victory City. Why?
There are a number of reasons.
- First, I believe we must stop interfering with the ecology of the planet. It can take care of itself if we let it.
- The total human population of the planet needs to be under 2 billion people. Let’s assume 1.2 billion.
- I estimate that the physical footprint of any given Victory City (one of 6000 cities) would be approximately 50 square kilometers maximum).
- The total human population (200,000 people per city, or 1.2 billion people on the planet) would occupy 300,000 square kilometers., or 0.2% of the land surface area.
- Assuming each city set aside another 150 square kilometers for recreational purposes, then 99% of the world could be left as wilderness! Leaving nature to resume its natural ecosystems.
- Second, the Victory City could be designed to be self-sufficient, and ecologically both sustainable and resilient.
- Everything would be recyclable, and there would be no garbage, no waste.
- The modular structure of the Victory City would allow maximal productivity with minimal “waste,” even though a use would be found for any “waste.”
- Third, the proposed lay-out of the “villages” would be consistent with the requirements established in Future Primal as previously described — the Truth Quest: the seeking of wisdom (individuation), face-to-face discussion of important issues (intersubjectivity), shared decision making in trusted groups (direct democracy) and a narrative of meaning (mythic narrative).
- The village structure would allow the various components of personal growth and mature governance to develop within the parameters of the Truth Quest.
- From this village structure would evolve increasing levels of justice circles as the basis of governance, always with the intention of maintaining a grassroots village-like human contact process.
If we are to survive as a species, we must shift to a society that values wisdom (phronesis — practical judgment) via wisdom (sophia — useful knowledge), discipline, hope and playfulness.
The Victory City proposal is certainly not the only way in which our culture could thrive. Fundamentally, what I like about the concept is that it encapsulated so much that I think is essential to a mature culture.
In the next post, I will reflect on what it will take for maturity, and my thoughts on how difficult it will be to achieve.
Onward — what are the blocks that stop human beings from maturing.