Every civilization is built upon layers of mythology. In his recently published book, The Great Narrative, the founder and chairman of the World Economic Forum, Klaus Schwab, promotes a new global mythos based on empathy and cooperation.
This is remarkable considering that five years ago, in The Fourth Industrial Revolution, he calmly explained that successful societies of the future would be “smart” termite colonies crawling with bipedal cyborgs. Then a year and a half ago, in The Great Reset, he declared that the COVID-19 pandemic “represents a rare but narrow window of opportunity to reflect, reimagine and reset our world,” making way for a polycentric technocracy—possibly run on a Chinese digital currency.
Because most of us don’t want to become gene-edited, neuroenhanced, bionic welfare recipients put out of work by robots, and because his accent sounds like zee Stasi villain, Schwab has become a magnet for blame and popular hatred—a fascist to some, a communist to others, a technocratic mastermind to most.
Now, as if we all forgot our suspicions, he’s calling for a new narrative, a great narrative, where all you need is love:
“This emerging narrative is most helpful because it shows that this capacity to care—a prerequisite for successful collaboration—is contingent upon sentiments, qualities and emotions that can be encouraged, promoted and even taught. Love and affection, while possessing a social dimension, are deeply personal and hard to emulate at the societal level, but other qualities can be more easily harnessed for social good. Empathy (the ability to understand and share the feelings of another) is one of them.”
Knowing that Klaus Schwab controls the premier globalist ideological hub, the World Economic Forum—which exerts tremendous influence over our politics, especially through donors, and over corporate culture through boards of directors—his “great narrative” is a grave concern. It signals a strategic moral framework, meant to manipulate leaders and masses alike, wherein willingness to submit is good and refusal to comply is evil.
While Schwab (and his consistently ignored co-author, Thierry Malleret) act as if their message of empathy and cooperation is a radical new paradigm, they’re drawing from a deep well of evolutionary science and philosophy. The broad theory holds that Darwinian evolution has produced two general survival strategies: competition and cooperation. Both traits are expressed, in varying proportions, in pretty much every organism. The key to this theoretical framework is this: more cooperative organisms—such as wolves, ants, or humans—will out-compete more solitary, “individualistic” organisms.
The big fish eat the little ones, but a bigger school of fish will marginalize them both.
These metaphors reflect our human reality quite well, but the meaning shifts under the pen of a globalist technocrat who’s hellbent on spreading hyperconnected “public-private partnerships” across the planet—a blob-like, digitized superorganism that consumes everything in its path.
For those struggling against global technocracy, “cooperation” means capitulation and “empathy” means pathological altruism.
Herr Schwab’s Transhuman Fantasy
The Great Narrative hinges on five core themes, all familiar from Schwab’s previous books—economics, environment, geopolitics, and society, with a manic emphasis on technology:
“Hope, and the possibility of optimism, stem from the following observation: we are at a juncture in history when new discoveries and new technologies do not follow linear growth rates but exponential ones, drastically accelerating innovation. … Peter Diamandis [co-founder of Singularity University] believes that, ‘in the next 10 years, we’re going to reinvent every industry’ and ‘we’ll experience more progress than in the past 100 years.’”
Sounds great if you want a trode in your dome, but many of us aren’t too thrilled to fuse our bodies and brains with the machine.
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