Essay, Editions Fayard, Transversales Collection directed by Jacques Robin and Joel de Rosnay
At the heart of the incredible and terrifying mistreatment that humanity practices in its own regard, there is fear and the evil of living: the 1 trillion dollars spent annually for the , what are they, if not the price of fear and domination? The 000 billion spent on drugs and narcotics, what are they, if not the price paid by an increasing number of human beings to forget their own life judged too hard or too bland? And the 500 billion annual advertising expenses, what do they mean when we know that only a fifth of this amount would be enough to effectively fight famines, ensure access to water and healthcare basic for all humans living on this planet?
It is not to be catastrophic to say that humanity risks seeing its own adventure end prematurely because of its inability to deal with the great ecological, social and financial challenges. or cultural threats to it.
But these challenges can also be the occasion, as was the case during the biological process of hominization, for a qualitative, cultural and political leap this time in the path of one's 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 led. It is no longer just a matter of dreaming of another possible world. We have to recognize and bring to life 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 passion and human reason, which we must succeed, democracy being for a human community the equivalent "work on oneself" that leads an individual in search of wisdom.
Patrick Viveret, philosopher, is an adviser at the Court of Auditors. He is notably the author of ReconsidÃ © rer la riches (Editions de l'Aube). Former editor-in-chief of Transversales Science Culture, he also leads the Pierre Mendès France International Center and was one of the founders of the association Interactions, personal transformation, social transformation.