In aspiring to address and remediate climate change, we are attempting to negotiate with a recalcitrant organisational neurosis. Neuroses are patterns of psychological (self-) organisation that were once appropriate partial solutions to a context, i.e. that conveyed survival or adaptive advantage, but have now become ossified and persistent without any benefit beyond an orientation towards reproducing the circumstances that validate or ensure their own self-propagation.
Psychological inhibition against successful adaptation to changing circumstances underlies institutional and organisational resistance to plausible axiomatic change. Ironically, a projected acceleration of climate-related disasters will likely lead to a further hardening of ideological and organisational neuroses as a reflexive response to insecurity; neuroses as an unhealthy fact of human experience and behaviour are initially incurred by insecurity – as a mechanism for assuring continuity in response to stressful change.
Global organisational neuroses as inhibiting factor in addressing climate change? An effective and unmedicated response to an individual’s neuroses might be a course of mindfulness meditation, or similar. In terms of global organisational systemic remediation, I am not certain that the individual and tribally self-replicating inconsistencies of our world are yet quite mature enough to surrender an attachment to their own self-validating obsessions and rank narcissistic fascination(s).
Optimism is useful, but the median and predictable concepts that generally filter up through our popular and commercial media systems are rarely more than replication with uninteresting, insignificant or inconsequential variation. Significant and sophisticated axiomatic amendments are likely required, and urgently, but the broken record and effective ideological apothecary of conventional wisdom just keeps playing, faster and louder… it is truly exasperating.