It is argued that somewhere around 70,000 years ago, our species gradually emerged as the dominant rulers of this world. While there are many views on why this occurred, there is sufficient evidence that it was because of our ability to cooperate in larger scales. The reason for this was because of our capacity to not just construct realities, but inter-connect them between individuals, making up the collective. Realities that either had connections to the objective, or simply made up by the imaginative. Today, just like yesterday, we are slaves to these inter-subjective constructs and they determine the course of pretty much all that is known.
If you study history, you can tell that these constructs reflect the nature of the time and period quite accurately. Religion, movements, ideas, nations, justice, human rights, feminism, equality, freedom, these are all constructs that have either contributed to mankind as a whole, or caused terrible suffering. These too, just as all species on earth, undergo the process of natural selection, they come and they go. But one thing that has remained constant through history, is that all these constructs have made us more and more efficient in a cooperative spirit, directing us towards unity. As there was once tribes consisting of hunters and gatherers, there are now global networks on a mass scale, roughly dictating the terms & conditions of 7,6 billion people.
Now it is in our best interest, to create ones that are more suited to our current reality, ones that better adapt and reflects the ever-changing environment, the exponential growth in technology and the inbound threats to our existence this century.
“in order to change an existing imagined order, we must first believe in an alternative imagined order.” ― Yuval Noah Harari
To create, we first have to destroy.
But how can one know what is best for all of us? Who’s right and who’s wrong? To make things clear, I do not believe there is a definite answer, and there never will be. Perfection is what causes us to eventually stagnate, reality has no rewards for that which is complete but only for a short time. Imperfection and swift movements accordingly are what will be the way of the future.
Religion was once great for agricultural means and offered a map on how to live when much was unexplored and unanswered. Capitalism was great during the scientific revolution and during imperialism with a constructed transferable currency. Democracy was great in ending ruthless and evil rulership in times of injustice with the invention of equal votes. But how can one today teach the word of god without making a child blatantly delusional? How can one teach capitalism without giving people the means of being happy? And how can one have democracy without teaching people how to reason? The better it has reflected the current times the better it has benefited us as a whole, but as times change, so does their effectiveness in relation to human advancement. I’m not arguing for removal, but for the adaptation of systems.
So how do we go about this?
It is without a doubt the one of the hardest and most complex questions known today. But it is the question of the 21st century, and one we all need to address, because it will determine our success. When are sufficiently pressured to adapt to our circumstances, we will, and the result will be undirected and possibly gruesome. Today we can already witness the environmental changes, the rising sea levels in tandem with melting polar ices, species incessantly dying out, extreme drought and so forth. We have heard the advancements of artificial intelligence and the threats of extinction that it may pose to us. And I think most of us feel the fear of being out of a job through automation, the fear of being useless and unwanted, or at least fear this for the generations to come. Time is of the essence, and preparation the key.
We need to stop with the myths, the ancient stories, and create foundations deep-seated in reality on which we can operate upon. We need something highly adaptable, highly reflective of our time, and something which takes lots of information effectively into account with every decision made. We cannot have rulership were the clueless masses without reasonable means to think and reflect, to govern and determine how we go about the present and future. We need to merge with machine and remove fraudulence, deceit, corruption, and greed within our governments. Politicians and policy makers who play theater and acts as puppet masters is a thing of the past. Incorruptible decision-making-systems adapting to rapid change is the way forward.
“Evolution has made Homo sapiens, like other social mammals, a xenophobic creature. Sapiens instinctively divide humanity into two parts, ‘we’ and ‘they’.” ― Yuval Noah Harari
While the diversity of realities today are beautiful, and should be allowed to co-exist, we cannot have them dictating the terms & conditions on how we evolve as species any more. We need to start looking for things that better unites us instead of what differentiates us. Constructs that can stand against the tests which the natural order of reality may put us through, ones that are not absolute and final in the way they tend to be today.
We need to accept that the collective mind seldom knows what is best and that its capacity for rational thought and behavior is limited. It has been shown throughout history, that all too many people living in times of great change, fail to develop the new viewpoints and mindsets required by the times and it ends with them sleeping through revolutions. We are now facing the biggest and probably the last revolution, that is why we need to unite with aligned wills and ambitions, for the betterment of the whole. That means breaking free from history, whatever the pain in doing so may cause you, and transcend together with the shared love for humanity.
“The machine age is calling for action, the train will include those who will put the effort of change needed and leave those tied to the chains of evolutionary mismatched realities behind.”