In the near future- the one approaching closer than most of us would like to believe- the human race will have two options. Option one is re-birth: new, clean, sustainable energy sources and technology are created and we transcend into the heavens and begin to explore the universe. Option two is death: the crumbling of the economy, toppling of cities and extermination of civilization as a whole from our own consuming nature.
My question is what would you like to see play out?
As resources are finite, I am sure leadership will make transitions where needed. The thing is that one way or another we will transition because 1) the chaos of an imploding society is unappealing and 2) if it does implode and shit loads of people are killed, it will only be as far as a sustainable balance can be found and we will continue on.
Hopefully humanity will get their ass in gear and live as a successful species. Failing before you left the oil and reach the clean energy phase?
I think humanity is to big to fail. I wouldn’t put it past me that there are hidden hands guiding humanity, towards understanding each other. Otherwise humanity living as gods reaching the cosmos would be non-existent. Instead you would be conflicting endlessly about your difference such as race, sexual preference, religion, and such and completely void the stars in your baffles. Let’s not forget looking for false happiness in your materialism.
Economy and politics will become so strange and useless that they both fall away and become irrelevant. Sustainable power and food come to the forefont as humanity embraces universal abundance. The accepted revelation of a unified biological fabric ignites an understanding of taking care of others will result in prosperity for all. This new kinship unites humanity and life across the globe ushering in an era of peace.
This is where I see the flaw in that.
We won’t have one direct form of either without the other.
We will see death before we see a change towards a cleaner environment and a transcend into the universe. Death will, unfortunately, be the only motivator to move towards that big shiny goal efficiently. I’m not being a pessimist, I’m being realistic. Throughout history there has been a strong pattern of death before a reason to move towards change. These reformations, I shall say, are blunt realizations that change is necessary. We may talk of change for decades to come, but until we have a negative force large enough to sway our leaders and civilians, we won’t see an efficient strong movement towards a happy goal.
The happy goal, however, is a rather nice thought.
I’d like to see a Star-Trek like future, where humanity ends poverty and disease, restores the planet and gets off this rock into space, where people are able to choose to do what they want in life instead of being motivated by lack of resources, in other words motivated by fear. But the thing about Star Trek, is that it took first contact with aliens (the Vulcans) to do that, humans didn’t get that far on their own. Correct me if I’m wrong @trek79,
@grandkintaro777, ” I wouldn’t put it past me that there are hidden hands guiding humanity, towards understanding each other.” Hidden hands, as in gods/aliens?
@jenkins, @alexa, Why is death always lumped into the “bad” category? Can we consider that when we die its an opportunity to clearly remember what life is all about? And that the loved ones we “leave behind” would celebrate our departure if they only realized this?
I’m really hoping we become a wiser, more self sustaining people. If we could “leave” earth for a while, and come back to it regenerated, healthy, and all sexy-like; that would be cool. To be able to live cooperatively with each other and nature and develop ways to explore the cosmos.
@greenfield, “Why is death always lumped into the “bad” category? Can we consider that when we die its an opportunity to clearly remember what life is all about? And that the loved ones we “leave behind” would celebrate our departure if they only realized this?”
I never directly said death was a negative thing. Putting into consideration the type of scenario the OP is building up is teeming on an idealist happy woo woo image, death seems to put a dent in that happy imagery. Majority of people don’t view death as a positive event, especially when it comes to a mass global change. If you wanted my personal opinion on death, I would have given my personal opinion on which. However, the OP did not ask for my opinion on death, but instead on “How would you like to see the future turn out.”
Everyone die out horribly except for me and I get to sit in Alan Watts house and ponder why everyone died out.
No really I want to see the world turn into what Jordan is working on now – an ecologically mindful village where people live in community and interact with each other, express their passions, etc. I’d like to see the death of greed and consumerism.
@greenfield, I never said I thought of death in a negative sense. I never gave my opinion on my own question either. Personally, I think the extinction of our race would be one of the most devastatingly beautiful things to witness. As far as we know, which isn’t saying much, we are the most intelligent and adaptable beings in existence and to see that whither away would be ironically breathtaking.
To everyone else’s post: I can’t see humanity willingly go back to the pioneer era. I think most people would rather revolt. With urbanization happening there would not be many people with the skills or resources to survive and the isolated few that had them would only be able to sustain one specific occupation. ex. dairy farmers
I would love to see the masses care more about individuality and honor creativity. I want 40 hour work weeks to cut down by half, paid vacation and benefits to all honest working citizens, and medical care that is geared towards those who need it rather than those with great insurance coverage. Those of whom with words worth speaking keep their mouths shut, and those who can’t stop talking have nothing worth saying. I would love for those people, like us all here, to speak their minds and become the determining factor on the future of us, humankind, as one complete entity. Basically, world peace.