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Možina M. (2020) The Slovenian story about self-organization and cooperation. In: Viol K., Schöler H. & Aichorn W. (eds.) Selbstorganisation – Ein Paradigma für die Humanwissenschaften: Zu Ehren von Günter Schiepeks Forschung zu Komplexität und Dynamik in der Psychologie. Springer, Heidelberg: 217–243. Fulltext at
Excerpt: I agree with Bateson that paradoxically the more evolved forms of cooperation bring more existential solitude to the individual and that the “skeleton of truth,” reached through cooperation, is lonely (Bateson and Bateson 1987, p. 6). And what is the truth of our modern world? Today, when the epoch of Anthropocene is showing its disastrous face more evidently than during Fromm-Reichmann’s times, it is even more clear that mankind and our civilization is not moving in the direction of the rose garden, but what is left to the human race is only to “learn to die” (Scranton 2015). We are confronted with the rapid deterioration of our physical, social, and economic environment. Gaia (Lovelock 2009; Schneider et al. 2004), the Earth System (Angus 2016) as a self-regulating system, suggests the processes of ecology cannot be mocked. The imbalance of the macro critical instability has gone so far we cannot trust Gaia not to overcorrect and to destroy || our civilization (Bateson 1972/1987). Can we develop forms of cooperation that can still save us? Let us hope that the findings how even the fiercest primates can change their culture into a more peaceful direction apply to humanity as well (Sapolsky and Share 2004; de Waal 2004). The Anthropocene crisis asks us to imagine new forms of human existence and cooperation, which seem unthinkable (Ghosh 2016), because we must transform everything about the way we live on this planet (Klein 2014).

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