The term 'Metathesiophobia' is defined as the phobia of change. And interestingly, the phobia of change and the phobia of collapse inextricably intersect each other — as to fear collapse is to fear the natural order of the universe — that change and impermanence is the only constant. It is culturally mandated to fear the destruction of permanence in all facets of civilizational existence; an illusory idolization of permanence which must discredit the natural order of renewal on a deeply unconscious level. In other words, with the phobia of change comes the glorification of unsustainable permanence. A cultural narrative fixated on permanence is destined for extinction because it is a narrative that, by design, cannot cope with confronting mortality. A cultural narrative that says that we can plunder the Earth forever; that we can have infinite growth on a finite planet without consequences. A cultural narrative that sees the entire biosphere as an inventory to exploit, exclusively to sustain human existence. A cultural narrative that says that we have the right to dominate and subjugate the living world in order to perpetuate a lifestyle that renounces every biological and ecological law we know of today — as explained in depth by prolific author Daniel Quinn and Professor of conservation biology Alan D. Thornhill.
Nature is the convergent dance of consciousness, energy and information. And energy (like information), from moment to moment, is always in the process of renewing or converting itself — converting from one form of energy to the next ad infinitum. Natural Law is in infinite motion and infinite emergence, not in some permanent state of static stagnation. There is a natural cycle of birth, maturation, decay, and rebirth (death). Collapse is a process beyond human comprehension that applies to every animate and inanimate essence alike, and the same applies to civilizations and the man-made systems that power civilizations — without exception. Collapse is a natural process to which human industrial civilization is not impervious.
Change is not something to be feared or fruitlessly avoided. It is something to be seen for what it is. The recognition that all social systems inevitably collapse and renew is a crucial element in Man's intellectual maturity. And, our current social order, in its rapacious pursuit for mastery over the natural order, is headed for cataclysm — due to this pursuit alone. Life sustains itself through the process known as 'homeostasis'; a self-regulating balance. When it is understood that if the dominating societal ethos is to live as to believe that the whole world belongs to us ("civilized" humans); that Man was made to rule over Nature, then the consequential unraveling of unprecedented rates of species extinction, environmental degradation and rising rate of natural disasters shouldn't be alarming to anyone. No matter how much human beings perceive themselves as being of higher magnitudes above the natural order; delusionally superior to the rest of the community of life on which we depend — balance will still always be restored regardless. There is a deep-seated psychological imbalance contained within every human being who is subjected to the mechanisms of industrial civilization and its psycho-spiritually toxic, ego-nourishing monetary paradigm — and there is no escape.
There are many forms of collapse that we see in today's increasingly volatile global society.
There is economic collapse, which was evidently triggered by the 2008 crash — coupled with the realization that population overshoot, peak oil and large-scale resource depletion is reaching, if not already reached many landmark, irreversible tipping points. Consistently unheeded warnings of these monumental issues have been trotted out to the public at least since the Sixties, yet the business-as-usual scenario is the single doctrine that cannot be challenged.
There is emotional collapse — when circumstances create social and perceptual conditions that run so contrary to the consensus narrative that the individual is incapable of emotionally processing or adapting to the rapid changes around him — leading to an overwhelming psychological breakdown.
There is cultural collapse or 'value collapse' — when the values of a dominant culture reach an irreversible threshold of obsolescence and disintegration due to their hindrance to the evolution of consciousness. In confronting new realities the antiquated values from yesteryear inherently become inapplicable and invalid.
And finally there is environmental or ecological collapse — where the household in which the human family and living community as a whole depend on for survival is being violated, polluted, poisoned, decimated, desecrated and contaminated to the extent in which it becomes impossible any longer for its inhabitants to sustain itself.
If you have read this far you may be suspecting that I'm guiding you to the conclusion that the current human predicament confers no other logical inclination other than utter despair. In fact, I'm positing a different take. Even in the face of mounting pressure for radical change amidst problems of quantifiable magnitude we absolutely must resist dominant culture by any means necessary, no matter how dire the circumstances; no matter how emotionally draining the predicament seems; no matter how psychologically, intellectually and spiritually taxing the paradigm of structural delusion imposes upon us. In our culture of delusional invincibility we have been conditioned to perceive the notion of collapse as something intangible; to be avoided, ridiculed and suppressed at all costs — even in the context of human relationships — where breakdowns in relationships, and the insatiable addiction to unhealthy stability that correlates with it, cannot be acknowledged.
Every civilization in this culture's very short history (roughly 10,000 years), including ours, gravitates to and is modeled as a structural hierarchy. Not only is the hierarchy model always defined by social stratification and class division — it is also distinctively characterized by compartmentalization — wherein certain information and knowledge is reserved exclusively by the individuals for the individuals who happen to position themselves at the summit of the pyramid. This living arrangement is critical to the ones in positions of perceived power, for self-preservation and the consolidation of power are indispensable — to minimize any potential threat of losing their illusory power — or at least to enforce the illusion of their megalomaniacal wet dream of hegemonic control of the lower levels of the pyramid.
Basically, hierarchical societies are structurally flawed in such a way that it is not just blasphemous to allow any potentiality for change, but it is even more heretical for anyone within the lower rungs of the pyramid to incur insurrection against those on the upper strata.
Ergo lies the irrevocable flaw of hierarchy insofar as it systematically trains the docile populace on the lower strata to resist fundamental and radical change. However, by manipulating any society to gag at the idea of quintessential change, one is directly violating the universal law of impermanence.
Hierarchical civilizations throughout history have all shared strikingly common features that are essential to the persistence and failure of hierarchical civilizations. For example — the fantasy that hierarchical civilization is highly advanced because of some advancement in technology. As long as the current zeitgeist is not based on the betterment of humanity instead of profit; On collaboration instead of competition; On technical efficiency instead of market efficiency; On optimum production instead of obsolescence and waste; On access abundance instead of property and scarcity; On Steady State instead of Infinite Growth; On love instead of fear; On equality instead of imbalance — failure becomes an inevitability.
In other words, unless social and economic values evolve alongside the technological advances we will only see more of the same, but much worse. Equating civilizational advancement solely on technology is a belligerent fallacy and is an insult to intelligence — when we still see in the 21st century mass poverty (man-made that doesn't need to exist), mass starvation, political corruption, environmental degradation, exponential resource waste and the list goes on and on.
Hierarchical, patriarchal civilizations and the monarchical religions that are fundamentally wed to such civilizations are strictly dependent on mass slavery, ignorance, apathy, the glorification of indentured servitude (jobs), the blind worship of external authority, militarism, and rabid imperialistic fervor. Additionally, all forms of civilization up to this point, which were all foreseeable outgrowths of the Neolithic revolution that occurred approximately 10,000 years ago are incontrovertibly unnatural. Negative environmental consequences that threaten the existence of the human species, caused by anthropogenic (man-made) economic activity, are marginalized by economists as merely "externalities". Dominator culture perceives the whole community of life on Earth as human inventory — totalitarianistically subservient to what classical economist Adam Smith famously labelled as "The Invisible hand" — of the debt-based, fiat currency, ponzi scheme economy that treats the material and immaterial as commodities to be exploited.
Interestingly, if there's one type of collapse that the common person fears the most is the collapse of the values that attempt to validate the civilizational system that rules the lives that are dependent on the system. For, the structural collapse of industrial civilization would invariably mean that all the familial, political, religious, economic and social values that have been blindly upheld and lauded as divine gospel — immediately become meaningless and irrelevant.
The external mirrors the internal. As long as there are large enough pockets of populations who see the machine of hierarchical civilization as a workable social model, then they will continue to internalize it as something viable enough to justify going along with it.
It has been shown that neural networks of the human brain are predisposed to cling to the familiar. This means that drastic and radical measures must be taken to address the psychological, spiritual and intellectual preparedness of such a monolithic downfall — that for the first time will be on a global scale. Humankind has an urgent collective choice to make in the form of a question...
Do we allow ourselves to become just another failed biological mutation — incapable of making the next leap in consciousness — or do we fight for a salvageable future that all generations of life deserve, even in the face of adversity and extinction?
A sweeping revolution in consciousness is what the world is calling for, and the time is now to fight like hell to see it realized.