Communities of the Future
Humans are wired to live in communal, mutually-supportive groups of several hundred people.
In this way, needs are met, resources are shared, and everyone has a place that fits within the whole.
Communities formed this way are a microcosm of the larger community of global humanity.
Capitalism Brought Individualism
Over the past several hundred years, however, exacerbated and accelerated by the advent of the industrial revolution and especially brought on by the introduction of capitalism, we began to specialize and individuate. Every person is for themself.
We no longer live in awareness of our connection to the whole. This is how we live now, and we are at the brink of a huge shift in how we live in community with others.
Effects Of Global Warming
Rising ocean levels will cause massive slow flooding of coastal areas, prompting a huge global exodus.
Some people will attempt to rebuild and re-create the lifestyle they experienced before the move, but other factors (economic, technological, socio-political) will influence decision-makers to create multitudes of smaller, more heterogenous communities.
Mututally Supportive Microcosms
Reminiscent of village life as evidenced in Middle Ages Europe and turn-of-the-twentieth-century small towns in Midwestern America, these communities will become microcosms of larger society, each with the requisite “butcher, baker, and candlestick maker”.
All members of these communities will support the community through their labors, and the communities will become internally interwoven, with each member contributing their personal speciality of focus.