The obsession with the non-traditional sexual mores movements and the number of people who identify as part of these groups will continue to increase, as will drug addictions, suicides, drug, social recluses, mob flare ups. Many of the todays’ mores, values and norms will fade away to be replaced with mores, values, and norms that in todays’ reality would be seen as insane and preposterous. The understanding of history will be reinterpreted not necessarily accurately to reflect the reality of the times the events occurred, but to fit into the social milieu of the times. The rate change of the social systems will speed up, fads, facts, truth, what is right, what is wrong, mass phobias and biases will flow and ebb at a dizzying pace. What will drive all the above? Increased urbanization and density. It is not increased population but the increase in the size of cities and their increasing densities that will drive the changes and the speed of the changes in the social systems created in these dense, heavily populated urban areas. It is well known that different levels of urbanization and population density drive the patterns of social consciousnesses in groups. As an urban area’s population density increases and urbanization grows the people in that city become more disconnected from reality. In a sense the city goes from insane to mad! The behaviors less and less to do with external reality and more to do with reality as perceived in the urban mind. Just as an insane person can survive, so to will an insane city. As long as a city can maintain a stable population, the mores, norms, and values matrix does not matter. The key phrase is “as long as”.
Why the insanity? More to the point is it insanity In context of human beings evolving in a natural environment that their consciousness, group dynamics and social behaviors were connected to that environment, yes. From the perspective that as long as humanity survives, it is not. But, that society will be more such that social and psychological pathologies will abound. In that the small group worked together to survive day to day, each having a sense of meaning, order and purpose, those born in dense and heavily populated cities will not. Anger, sexual norms, roles assignments, values all are tuned to keep the tribe alive will have to find new ways to be expressed and experiences the individual and groups are to not feel disconnected or out of sync in the city. Human consciousness is not separate from the environment it has spent hundreds of thousands of years evolving in. Cities have disconnected the mind from the environment it has evolved in. And, this relationship of man to the natural environment has changed as dramatically as tribes become and villages becomes cities and cities become mega-cities. Max Weber and Ferdinand Tonnies in their works noted that as the generations pass and the city grows, the urban dweller becomes more and more disconnected from reality. This disconnect ultimately bring about their downfall. The downfall happens when other cultures not, living in urban areas, attack or the ability of the city to function is so degraded that the city simply declines or the city has simply assumed the external inputs such water, food and natural catastrophes . The stresses of population density and the effects of never interacting with nature or simply ring surrounded by people and not nature add to this growing group insanity as the city grows ever bigger. Mega Cities simply become giant insane asylums. This is why psychological definitions of mental illness keep changing. The doctors are themselves insane. A city’s leaders and bureaucrats are too the inmates. They share the same social, psychological and cognitive dysfunctional psychosis as their fellow urban citizens. This collective insanity becomes more and more dysfunctional, not just inane. As urbanization grows all levels of the city’s government from the police, judges, government administrators will share the same social-psychological pathologies. In short, the inmates are running the asylum. These growing pathologies will in turn be seen as normal and represented as such even to the point of being normalized by the medical and scientific communities equally contaminated by the social and psychological pathologies. Max Weber pointed out in “The City”, over time city dwellers become detached from the reality of the world and see the artificial reality of the city as Real which always ends badly when reality strikes!
How will the social systems of cities change as urbanization increases? Sexual behavior will disconnect from that of perpetuating the species. Even though LGBT community is only 3% of the population, today, urban society accepts their behavior as normal as the sexual behavioral of the 97% not part of LGBT lifestyle. One consequence to many in the city’s social body is that, as the normal sexual accepts LGBT as normal behavior and those who are not LGPT begin to engages in the behavior, there will a growing disconnect for many who do because their biological orientations will clashes with the new social sexual norms. These people will require medications and drugs to function in a biologically upside down society and lifetime therapy. As every more behavioral aberrations propagate, dysfunctional human beings will engage in behaviors that harm the urban society. Families will dwindle in size and their numbers will decrease. These families and sexually straight men and women will be ridiculed and persecuted. They will live in the shadows to escape constant social ridicule, persecution and attacks. At some point in time, the community will embrace pedophilia and bestiality as normal. Tokyo, the largest city to date, is already well on its way. As cities grow more detached from the natural environment the norms, values and mores of their residents will still need to address psychological drives every human is born with that once facilitated surviving in small groups. This will require activities that reinforce the social groups in the cities cohesion. One technological solution would be to broadcast the abortion and killing of newborns as entertainment. The city wealthy would participate by paying a prize to the team that mutilate and play with aborted, breathing fetuses and new born babies marked for termination which would be determined with the viewers. This would be modern version of the gladiatorial games. The good news is that pathologies observed in John B. Calhoun’s Mouse Utopias experiments will certainly arise in the large dense urban areas of cities as each succeeding generation environment becomes ever detached from the natural environment. Unlike in Mouse Utopias which all developed behavioral sinks of cannibalism, pathological withdrawal, hyperactivity, infanticide, killings, stress, aberrant sexual behaviors and aversion to having infants will not lead to the collapse of the city as over population did to Mouse Cities.
There is one solution that could reduce the psychological and social pressures from escalating to levels destructive to urban living and survival that that did not exist in earlier cities that is starting to become a viable option, genetic engineering and medication administered to large portion of a cities population. This would mean the end of the human race and birth of a new species not really related to those who huddled in caves, eking out an existence with all the social psychological characteristics we now have.