Opinion (Vasiliy Koltashov, head of the Center of Economic Research of the Institute of Globalization and Social Movement): “The characteristic of our time is that the meaning of crisis seems lost and we are not trying to look for it.
“If from the point of view of the layman, the economic crisis is a disaster, and from the point of view of economic theory, the crisis is a strange fall because of some errors, although the economic crises are objective factors and created by real economic conditions. They are useful precisely because they do not lead to the end of the world, but only appear to be the end of the world, and at one point seem like a terrible crash. The old economic model is collapsing, and a new one is emerging.
“We are in such economic crisis, but what is interesting is that it does not end there. It is not an ordinary crisis of production, of trade-related character (when there is an overproduction of goods, overproduction is liquidated, industry is updated, development continues); no, it is a crisis of a big breakdown. …
“We see that the crisis is not yet over, and, moreover to end it, there must be a qualitative change. What is this qualitative change?”
My Comment: We are in this crisis; no innovations, discoveries, technological breakthroughs, or changes around us will help get out of it, but only changes in us! We have entered the zone of integral nature, or in other words, nature has begun to influence us integrally, to treat us as one whole. Until we become like this, we will remain in increasing imbalance with nature, which we will feel as pressure: environmental, natural, social, in health, family, etc.