Understanding the “metamorphosis” of the world
By Marco Emanuele, September 2017
Professor of Democracy and Totalitarianism at Link Campus University in Rome.
Editor of the global geopolitical information Blog “The Global Eye”( http://globaleye.online)
My critical research moves from Ulrich Beck’s intuition of a “metamorphosis” of the world. Pope Francis likewise speaks of “change of era”. We are experiencing a historic moment at the same time dramatic and challenging; nothing is and will be more like before. We must understand that the word “change” is not adequate to describe what is happening inside and around us. We still use “paradigms” that have been erased from reality; we continue to think that the world can be thought through “our” visions, whatever culture they belong to, all insufficient to describe and seek to govern the increasing unpredictability, intangibility and asymmetry of historical processes.
The world’s metamorphosis is risky, first of all because it puts in question, problematizes, our consolidated certainties. As Luciano Floridi notes in his book “The Fourth Revolution”, several countries in the world already experience what he calls the “age of the hyper history”.
My impression is that we need to work on a complex reflection of our thinking; we need “reality schools” that allow us, at the same time, to return in what we live (because today humanity seems detached from its own reality) and to politically act in the reality-that-is in a pertinent way.
Ulrich Beck writes in his latest book “The Metamorphosis of the World” that we have “the imperative to think “world” and “humanity” as the two fixed stars around which the nations are turning” (my translation). If this is true, as I believe, to understand the “metamorphosis” in which we are immersed we need a complex, profound, critical and not just linear and causal thought.