Notwithstanding all the apparent benefits of globalization, and the civilization that spawned it, we have also laid the the foundation and created the conditions for the real possibility of our own demise, as one crippling, novel virus leads inexorably to the next… and so on…

Despite current circumstances, we seem to turn a blind eye to the real conditions on the ground. By this, I mean not simply the emergence of a new, and as yet not well understood, virus threatening the global population. The real challenge is how the trajectory of our culture, our civilization, with its characteristic drive towards universality (globalism), has brought us to the edge of this dangerous precipice.

Specifically, we in the West have promulgated and fostered an agenda of global connectivity and commercial dominance, giving and, in some measure, taking from older, more exotic lifeways. We have uprooted populations, intentionally or not, thereby upsetting critical balances within diverse and radically different societies. The resultant expression of discomfort and disease is a direct consequence of such global-crossings.

I’m not against the removal of international boundaries or engaging in cross-cultural exchange. After all, I’ve done my share of travel as well as lived abroad on several occasions, for ten years in Russian Siberia alone. But such free-flowing interdependent connectivity comes at a cost. And in some instances those costs can be rather steep, medically, psychologically, existentially. Quite simply, they can become matters of life and death. The effects of these global interstices, are what lead, ineluctably, to emergent crises like the pandemic currently infecting our diverse international populations. But as well, the lack of more localized community or village relations, is another area of impact, a major cause of distress. And the threat that such a crisis now poses is never going to vanish, not completely. We have crossed a threshold whose violation cannot be reversed, neither in terms of physical or social issues.

When collectively we left the tribe and the clan, for small villages and towns, it would not be too long before we would cast our lot with city walls and, finally, international conquest and integration. And it was here, in these moves and with that huge stretch, where we slammed up against the limits of growth, and the unfavorable realities of dis-integration on a very personal level. Our current dilemma cannot find resolution simply through social distancing. We are, by nature, social creatures. This is existentially incompatible with who we are. So what can we do? Well, we can begin by restructuring the way we live, the demographics, the density, the very instability of the old structures. They are fragile and ultimately incompatible with life in this brave new world.

Sandy Krolick


About kulturcritic

With a doctorate in religious studies from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree from the University of Chicago, Sandy had a ten-year academic career, with appointments at University of Virginia and the Colorado School of Mines. He spent the next twenty years in executive ranks at several of America’s largest international firms, including Computer Sciences Corporation, Ernst & Young, and General Electric. He has traveled extensively throughout Europe and North America, as well as parts of Eurasia and Africa. For the past five years Sandy has been living in Western Siberia with his wife and young child, teaching at the Pedagogical University and the Altai Institute for Law and Economics in Barnaul, Russia. Published works include VERONIKA: The Siberian's Tale (a novel), (Islands Press 2011) Apocalypse Of The Barbarians: Inquisitions On Empire (Islands Press, 2010), The Recovery of Ecstasy: Notebooks From Siberia (Booksurge, 2009), Recollective Resolve: A Phenomenological Understanding of Time and Myth (Mercer University Press, 1987), Ethical Decisionmaking Styles (Addison-Wesley Press, 1986), and Gandhi in the Postmodern Age: Issues in War and Peace (CSM Press,1984).
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12 Responses to A BRAVE ‘NOVEL’ WORLD

  1. kulturcritic says:

    Hope to hear from some of my old and new friends regarding this new post. Sandy

  2. jackwaddington says:

    Sandy: The problem is more simple than is being put out there. We humans are neurotic and we’ve been neurotic for more than 20,000 years What is neurosis?.
    Freud first coined the word, but it was not defined until 1970. It is within that definition that the potential solution to ALL our human problems lie.

    This, of course, my opinion. In the sense that we all have arse holes, so we all have opinions.

    However, there has been an idea out there, for over 150 years and started by a French man Pierre Joseph Proudhon, then picked up later by others.
    That idea is:- to unburden ourselves from Governments, Laws, and Money (which includes all forms of exchange, including barter.
    That, in my opinion, and the opinion of many others, is our only human way out of the morass that we’ve self-created.

    Do you agree?

    Jack Waddington jackwaddington@yhaoo.com

    • Sandy Krolick says:

      Well Heretick, Ol’Scrath, and Jack… Glad to know you three are alive! I’m paying for an uptown apartment in Manhattan, but holed up here at a private residence with a special friend in New Jersey! OMG!!

      Jack, Neurosis is not the current problem… it is congenital. I will agree that governments, laws and money can create problems, but until we all return to village life with gardens and animals to hunt, we’re pretty well fucked… if ya know what I mean.

      Ol’Scrath, you still working for the man, in some underground bunker somewhere? LOL
      In that vein… do you have any inside poop on this conspiracy theory you’re touting, ole bird. You think they are trying to kill off us old ones, colored’s etc?

      Heretick, I’m afraid I can’t even handle 2 nights at the dacha in the Siberian countryside… so how would I every survive on it as a steady diet.

      LOL – Love you all. Stay healthy~ Sandy

      • the Heretick says:

        Not everywhere is as cold as Siberia! We’re looking at the Ozarks, water is not too bad, lotta lakes, nice long growing season. Then there’s the Smokies in Appalachia, of course you’ve got to check the water with all the coal waste. We haven’t done it yet, but we’re looking. It takes a couple years to get a decent garden going with compost and raised beds, but it’s perfectly possible with hand tools and a minimum of fossil inputs. See the USA in your Chevrolet!!!!! While there is still a modicum of safety……..

      • Ol' Scratch says:

        Hey Sandy! yep, still working for the knuckleheads, although it’s a work from home gig now for the foreseeable future. No, no inside poop on the conspiracy, other than a wide variety of reading sources and the sure knowledge that this has all the classic earmarks of another false flag event to keep the sheeple in line. Working pretty well from what I’m seeing so far too. Just got back from the Supermarket where they had us all dutifully lined up at marked intervals to even get into the place. True to form, I was the only one in line bitching loudly for all to hear, and without a mask at that. This thing had many targets, among which were crushing Trump and the socialist threat Sanders (good work on the latter, the former remains very much in doubt), providing a basis to renege on the Fed debt held by China and in the process escalate the undeclared unconventional war against them and Russia, collapse the economy (as always) to put the fear of god in the unruly plebes and take profits, and of course to kill as many of the weak and feeble as they could for now, realizing that, like OKC, this was just a test run to gauge the capability, there will be something MUCH bigger just down the line.

        I was remarking on another blog just today that my previous predictions of end of days by 2030 are looking more and more realistic by the day. Not necessarily for mankind in general, but certainly for the US as we know it. The actions of the current band of idiots in power are signaling that they’re ready to pull the plug on the whole thing very shortly and move on, as the revenue streams from Uncle Sugar are now drying up completely. Only so many scams you can run before the underlying Ponzi finally runs dry, and I think everyone in power now realizes that that time has finally come. The plebes have finally been milked dry and have no more blood and treasure to give up, only debt to be defaulted on.

  3. ___ says:

    Well what do you know, look who’s back! Good to see you back in the game again, kC!

  4. Ol' Scratch says:

    Not to derail the conversation, but I hope everyone here realizes at the very least that the current “pandemic” was 1.) By design and purposely released, and not some natural occurrence due to Chinese malfeasance and propensity to eat bats, and 2.) is being over-hyped to the extreme to support the same nefarious agenda we’ve been subjected to since 9-11 and before. That is all. Cheers!

  5. the Heretick says:

    I guess you’ve been pretty busy there Sandy, making a movie and all. Yes, imho it was only a matter of time before natural processes and/or scientists brewed up something especially nasty.
    It is the interests of the owners of this planet to keep the container ships and the information flowing, profits all around!! And exploitation for the proles. If it wasn’t now it would be later.
    Americans of course want to have their green energy fantasy all while enjoying their conspicuous over-consumption, hence the backlash against Mr. Moore’s latest effort.
    There are a few who are attempting to go back to the land, but it is hard work and there probably isn’t a Starbucks right down on the corner. How can one be an influencer with one’s makeup streaking from sweat and dirt under those fake fingernails?

    • Ol' Scratch says:

      Not enough productive land to support us all. Such efforts also require the combined efforts of an organized crew. In other words, a socialist collective of some sort. Typical American rugged individualism ain’t gonna get it done. Even then, it will be an extremely long and hard row to hoe.

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