developing global crisis, human civilizations, causes of war


For over thirty years, we have used a phrase “the Developing Global Crisis” to identify a cluster of recurring causal factors of chaos that are especially difficult to deal with. These are: population pressure (not simply growth), corruptions of governance (hard to study in democracies much less in police-states), authoritarian political systems, and militant religions. The West has failed to control these recurring causes of chaos, often by imperial patterns of behavior instead of more enlightened governance. Civilizational scholars in Japan might be able to find better solutions to these problems for Asia and the world if they try hard. Please try quickly, because time is limited. So long as we treat mainly “symptoms” of global distress instead of the ultimate causes of wars, the doomsday clocks of WMD will keep on ticking until someone uses them.