“Today´s food and energy crisis” is not new. We know and try to handle this problem for decades, but we have not found a solution yet. On the contrary, it seems that a solution is more urgent than before. And it should be clear that to “improve society´s well-being” should not mean the increase of disparity between rich and poor.
So it is necessary to understand why society has not yet been able to solve the crisis, and to think about how to get over the reason for this.
As Sociology points out, the modern society is functionally differentiated. There is no more central power, but sub-systems as economy, law, politics, education, science and mass media. Each sub-system fulfills ...view middle of the document...
The consequences of a change of economy in general may be to complex to anticipate right now.
Law communicates by the code “legal” or “unlegal”. A “new” but practible law that aims to solve the crisis would have to react to already existing law, so the law as social system would become more complex. It had to be unambigous to abridge the augmentation of complexity. To avoid this, law itself could say that is not their competence, but of the politics.
As politics work after an own code, too (to have or not to have the power), the allocation of responsibility to this system is a collision of external necessarity with internal possibilities. It is known that politic actors are inclined to hold off on unpopular decisions which compromise their (democratic) power.
Scientific communication - coded as “true” or “wrong” - is seldom accepted society- wide, because other sub-systems can react only by their own specific codes. And scientific results can be totally ignored. So the ability of science to solve the crisis is very destricted.
To solve the crisis, it is helpful to know that education has got the exclusive possibility to influence people´s consciousness. By investing time and reflexion under the use of anticipation of futural developement, it could be possible to reach a change of actual trends in society. This could happen in a global dimension, by concentration on regional capacities. This must not be mistaken that education should take the “leadership” for the solution of the crisis. Modern society cannot be controlled anymore by only one sub-system, it controls itself by social evolution. But education has got the possibilty to integrate knowledge and consciousness of future developement,
accounting for the fact that a cooperation of social sub-systems is difficult but necessary.
Modern mass media can play a central role in this process of changing or constructing the future society by spreading a sensitive and necessary new consciousness and meaning for the crisis. The increasing trend of “entertaining” documentarys (e.g. “An Inconvenient Truth“) even in...