Mutual Guarantee Through Blood
Traveling outside of western societies, for example in countries I had the privilege of visiting recently like Samoa, India one finds very different social arrangements compared to what we are used to. In such countries “trust”, “security” or “insurance” still means a solely social, human “contract” in between people.
For example if someone is in hospital needing a blood transfusion, it is the family members who have to provide the blood donation needed. In hospitals although there are a few professional nurses, the main caring, nurturing happens through the omnipresent family members.
Loaning or lending money, providing different securities, supports in need, also happens through the same close, mutual circles. One feels the mutual interdependence, mutual responsibility literally through one’s own flesh, or through one’s own purse.
Mutual Guarantee On Paper
In the mainstream western societies we moved away from such “brotherly”, “familial” mutual guarantees. We established different institutions, contracts, insurance policies instead. Every time a new need, necessity arises we create a new kind of insurance, institutions, some legal, defensive contract in order to try to establish a guarantee.
But somehow despite the different legal services, different insurance providing institutions becoming the most important and of course most lucrative professions or activities in our societies, we still feel less and less safe, and “simple people of the street” are usually left “naked”, unprotected even in countries with seemingly robust social safety nets.
Our societies are falling apart despite having multiple signed and authorized forms, seemingly protecting mutual trust, mutual responsibility for every eventuality. Today even the ultimate, most fundamental social contract, the family is broken.
We don’t even get married, most children grow up with single parents, and the elderly face their final part of their lives either alone or in different organizations, institutions without their families.
There are many who argue that even the dementia, Alzheimer epidemic spreading in western societies is also at least partly caused by the missing familial support and our drive towards personal independence, disconnection, refusing the old type multi-generational family structure.
Instinctive, Familial Mutual Guarantee Is Not Enough
The crucial social contract of mutual guarantee simply doesn’t work written on paper regardless of who signs or guarantees it. It only works written “in the heart”, “signed by blood” through true brotherly, familial connections.
Still such brotherly, mutual guarantee we can still observe in countries like Samoa or India only work in limited, close, family and friends circles. They don’t work for whole societies and they are still based on instinctive, self-centered emotional connections. The small mutually supportive circles still fight and compete with one another maintaining, worsening the mounting societal problems.
How could we apply the emotional, brotherly, familial mutual guarantee beyond such small circles engulfing whole societies, nations or even the whole global world?
How could we interconnect people who have no instinctive familial or friendly relationship with one another in such an emotional way reaching absolute mutual trust?
Needing A New, Integral Education
It need to be taught to people. We all need to go through a unique, purposeful, practical educational method in small circles, in order to give people the taste and confidence in such selfless, unconditional, mutual trust and mutual guarantee that previously only existed within families or in between very close friends.
Then such small circles, like seeds can grow, merge until they reach the necessary critical mass, changing, overcoming the instinctive separation, distrust existing in our world, causing all our problems.