The solutions exist
|As we see it there are four basic problem fields:
We view them as derived from one another, and their deterioration as interdependent. At present, they are dealt with individually, the result being that the number of impotent problem-solvers and the costs of problem handling are increasing. The driving force of this run-amok development is economy, alienation and professionalisation of the most private corners of social life.
Problems come in lumps - and so do solutions
The Simpleton Manifesto
Simpletons are aware that you need cheerfulness in order to bear a lot of pain. For indeed, it is quite distressing to realise that mankind is getting so smart that we can do without a head, and are unable to see beyond the tips of our own noses, anyhow.
Simpletons keep stumbling over the world as it is. That’s why they never forget about it. Time and time again they are reminded of something beyond themselves. All they have left to do is: loving nature and the world for what they are. That could be our rescue.
And who are these simpletons?
In Aarhus, Denmark, service workers adopted a praxis, as concrete as politics are dirty, demonstrating how a limited workload can be distributed on an ‘oversized’ workforce. By sharing! There is a wonderful ambiguity in the fact that the knack of solving our biggest social problem, became known as the ‘dustman model’. Created by dustmen - and then placed on the dump of history by experts and politicians in tandem. The concept of ‘sharing’ was to much of a challenge for the eggheads!
Years back, when Tvindmøllen, then the biggest windmill of the world applied for a minor funding for a measuring programme, the eggheads of our Energy Ministry justified their refusal as follows: In their opinion wind power did not hold major promise for Denmark. Today windmills are Denmark’s third-largest export, the wind is still blowing - and those experts have not been fired! But then the continued use of oil and coal fired power plants has grown into a problem threatening the entire planet. - So much for the eggheads!
Decades before pesticide residues were first established in our groundwater (where, according to the wise and mighty, they would never be found), ecological farmers started (re)developing production modes that would generate less income, but were able to a few of the problems that politics and finance were passing on to future generations. Many of these people broke their necks in the process. And as true simpletons, they were made the laughing stock. Today these people make out the most rapidly growing foodstuff production sector; in the meantime pesticides have been identified in our groundwater, and allergies are on the increase. So much for the eggheads! Yet our society continues to support the ongoing poisoning, by overpricing products that will not harm nature and people.
A good hundred years ago farmers all over the country started firing anything that had the least savour of management. They wanted to set up co-operative dairies and folk high schools. Which, being true numskills, they did right in the middle of a global agricultural slump. Later, when offered state funding, they said ‘Thanks, but no thanks!’ Shortly after they introduced parliamentarism. Really - how simpletonic can one be?‹
During the entire process the state power has proved a total failure - perhaps a blessing in disguise; for now we have a free offer:
- but state power is much too strong and democracy much to weak.