What Is The Way Forward?

Fears of a global apocalypse are driving the ultra-wealthy to build or purchase high security compounds which they feel will protect them from the chaos that will follow any significant societal collapse. Although people are funneling large amounts of capital into these “luxury bunkers” there is a fundamental flaw in their logic. The people responsible for transport to the compound, the construction of the compound and maintenance of the compound, will all want a place for their family and friends. The bunker cannot exist in its intended “private” state. It can only exist if it accommodates and sustains the families of the people employed by the owners. This exposes a fundamental limitation to the desire to escape any impending problems, alone.

The weakness of the “bugout” strategy requires a future that includes a viable solution. This solution must be grounded in a unified approach, and a compassionate strategy. Working only as individuals, this problem is insurmountable. Together, with a united focus on human beings, we can evolve as a species.  Acting as a group, the individual will also experience a marked improvement in their health, wealth, wellbeing and quality of life. It is imperative that the future includes a compassionate approach, and a dedication to solutions that embraces the entire population.

If the people in the wealthiest nations can dedicate themselves to collaborative problem solving, our species has the greatest chance of survival. Unfortunately, a myth has been cultivated which perpetuates the belief that one can secure safety and prosperity for themselves, in a vacuum. Fortunately, despite the perpetuation of this fallacy, there are many who are committing themselves to inclusive options. These solutions include largescale sustainable farming practices, energy independent residential developments, water filtration systems, and innovative technologies that contribute to all of these ventures.

Though the communal solutions that benefit the entire human race may seem like selfless endeavors, in which individuals are sacrificing their ability to develop more applicable personal benefits, that is far from the case. In fact, these inclusive aspirations are the only option. There is no individual solution. The best way that any individual can act in their own self-interest is to apply themselves to systems and projects the benefit the collective population. Though there may appear to be a conflict between the two, self-interest and group interest are inextricably linked.

Soren Rubin