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Governance

Whereas governance in the worldview of People Awareness focused on satisfying people’s basic (deficiency) needs, governance in Humanity Awareness will focus on satisfying people’s growth (being) needs.

Politics in the worldview of Wealth Awareness was all about money. The high-income people had their political party and the low-income people had their political party. This resulted in increasingly high levels of inequality.

Governance in the worldview of People Awareness solved the problem of inequality by focusing on the basic needs of everyone – not the rich, not the poor, but everyone. All political parties shifted their focus to the centre and a general acceptance of the need for a market economy and a welfare state. As a result of the acceptance of this core ideology, it became increasingly difficult to distinguish between political parties. The worldview of People Awareness shifted national governments from two-party adversarial politics to multi-party cooperative coalitions.

In the worldview of Humanity Awareness, we will recognize that party politics are no longer relevant because everyone is able to meet their basic needs. We will move into direct representation by the people around the core idea of finding meaning through self-expression and well-being for everyone. Professional politicians will be replaced by local and national delegates representing different stages of psychological development (age groups) and different geographic areas.

Click hereto discover the needs of people at each stage of psychological development.

Whereas the last four stages of psychological development will be represented by people in their thirties (the individuating stage), forties (the self-actualizing stage), fifties (the integrating stage) and sixties (the serving stage), the infants, children and teenagers will be represented by agencies that support their growth through the first three stages of psychological development.

Why elect people from different stages of psychological development? Because people at each stage of psychological development have different needs, and because they have different needs, they prioritize different values. The governance system in Humanity Awareness will find ways to reflect the different needs and values of all age groups.

The key issue in Humanity Awareness will be to create a governance system that deliberately develops and carefully cultivates ‘a deeper kind of welfare system that includes the psychological, social and emotional aspects of human beings, so that the average person, over the length of his or her lifespan, becomes much more secure, authentic and happy. Once the average person is much more secure, authentic and happy, he or she also tends (on average) to develop into a braver, more mature, more idealistic and reasonable person who cooperates more easily with others and makes better priorities, both individually and politically. Such people can then recreate society in a myriad of ways, solving many of the complex, wicked problems that we are facing today.’[1]

With this focus on the needs associated with the different stages of psychological development we will need new metrics. Among the key new metrics will be indicators that focus on the level of well-being of the people; the physical and mental health of different genders and age groups; the level of empathy and compassion in the community; the level of kindness of people; and the incidence of suicide and homicide in each age group.

[1] Hanzi Freinacht, The Listening Society: A Metamodern Guide to Politics, Book 1: Volume 1 (Metamoderna Aps), 2017.

Further reading: Love, Fear and the Destiny of Nations