It should appear obvious that humanity is at a critical point in its evolution. The planetary climate feedbacks that will bring violent climate instability are also prevalent in human society. Humanities plunge into a technological hell, where technology drives social and political change, reinforces environmental collapse and make the specter of extinction real and probable.
What is needed above all is an understanding that the many social, economic, political and environmental ills are not a multiplicity- but a singularity. A failure, foretold centuries past. A failure, in sum, to not merely embrace human creativity, but use it to define and defend what it truly means to be human.
There are likely “intelligent” civilizations throughout the universe. Over millennium some have thrived, others have become extinct. While the human lineage extends to the living, as well as ancestral lines that stretch far back in time- it is one that can end.
Developed nations, and only a portion of their citizens at that, are living in a prosperity bubble unique in human history. But this prosperity is ravenous, and threatens the very existence of life.
People living in a bubble presume their reality will continue forever. It is difficult to accept that the bubble is ephemeral and will inevitability pop.
This age is not an age of innocence. Humanity will either come to terms with itself or become extinct. Each person will need to realize that the fundamental question she must ask is, “What does it mean to be human?”- and then collectively and consciously strive to build a world no longer predicated on violence.
Humanity must grow up. While technology moves to nano invasion and thought control, endless destruction and more, human beings must fully control, restrict, harness technology in a way consistent within a fair, moral, caring society.
The key first step is the recognition of our profound interdependence and the collective need to democratically define ourselves- what it means to be human. Thus far we have failed.