F O R E W O R D
We must emerge in a new place
With the Great Recession entering another year, many people are desperately wondering when it will end, when they and others will see the bottom and experience an upturn in their lives. Perhaps you include yourself here or at least know someone very well who is in this situation.
Many others aren't so desperately affected and continue as before with their lives seemingly “enclaved” from the vicissitudes of economic and social change, drawing dependable salaries and keeping their finances in order.
Some find themselves in between the desperate and the comfortably enclaved.
And a few others are hardly touched by anything that can happen, as their affairs are fortressed behind wall after solid rock wall and they draw their sustenance from us all.
Regardless of which group you find yourself in, you're probably hoping for a general economic recovery so we can return to where we were before getting sidetracked in 2008.
But you know what? It doesn't matter. For when we emerge and return to where we were, which is currently extremely likely, what we're experiencing now will repeat itself with greater impact and tragedy and egregious violations of human decency and concentration of power.
According to experts, if we emerge in the same place as before, we will go through decades of living hell on Earth as up to 30% of the world's population – 2 billion people – including many in the United States – perish.
We must emerge in a new place. And we must begin laying the foundation now.