The World Economic Forum in Davos in January, more than usual, prompted a spirited round of elite-bashing, which has now become the trendy political posture on both the right and left. On one side, US President Trump and Fox News hosts slam the out-of-touch establishment that, according to them, has run things into the ground. […]Is the world’s population living better than ever before?
Ancient religions predicted the end of the world. Astrologists talked about fatal stars alignment in 2020. Where are we heading to?
Etymologically, “collapsology” is composed of the words “collapse” and ‘logy” as in logos, meaning the study of the collapse. Collapsology is an emerging field of research that stems from the outside the academic world and concerns the study of the heralded imminent collapse of our civilization.
The question is: are we really collapsing? Do you believe in the end of the world?
Many objective factors tell so: fires, climate change, storms and floods, diseases, financial crisis, violence, wars, species in extinction etc.
Many other more subtle factors indicate that something is profoundly wrong such as: agony of values, dysfunction of politics and economics the way we know them, the anachronism of the educational system, the misuse of words and grammar etc. And not to forget more psychological issues like depression, burnout, stress and so on.
As a response to these overwhelming factors, there is a serious quest of (old) new spiritualties, of new ways of working, of nature and naturalism.
Therefore, is it the end of the world or the end of a long era? Are we collapsing and dying or are we collapsing to rise again?