Test, Editions Fayard, Transversales Collection directed by Jacques Robin and Joël de Rosnay
At the heart of the incredible and terrifying abuse that mankind practice his own regard, there is fear and unhappiness: the 1 000 billion dollars annually spent on armament, what are they, if not the price of fear and domination? The 500 billion spent on drugs and narcotics, as they are, if the prices paid an increasing number of people to forget their own lives as too hard or too bland? And 500 billion in annual advertising spending, what do they mean when we know that only a fifth of that amount sufficient to effectively combat famine, to ensure access to water and basic health care for all living humans on this planet?
This is not to show catastrophism to say that humanity risk of prematurely end his own adventure because of its inability to deal with environmental challenges, social, financial or cultural factors that threaten it.
But these challenges can be an opportunity, as was the case in the biological process of evolution, a qualitative leap, cultural and political this time in the way of his own humanization.
The relationship between personal transformation and collective transformation is no longer expressed by the old opposition of mentality or structural reforms. It is in the complementarity of a dynamic tension between these two transformative approaches that the two reforms must be thought and conducted. It's not just about dreaming of another possible world. We must recognize and make live other ways of being in the world already present but that we do not see. It is a qualitative change in democracy, combining the best of human passion and reason, that we must succeed, democracy being for a human collectivity the equivalent of the "work on oneself" that an individual quest for wisdom.
Patrick Viveret, philosopher, is advisor to the Court of Auditors. He is the author of Rethinking wealth (Éditions de l'Aube). Former editor of Science Culture Transversal, it also hosts the International Centre Pierre Mendes France and was one of the founders of the association Interactions, personal transformation, social transformation.