Where is humankind heading?
First question: Did human consciousness change along centuries and millennia?
Disrespect for our environment, religious intolerance, greed, selfishness… I did my reading, history and religious texts and books.
My conclusion? Not much. Add to all this the unstoppable population growth, the overpopulation and the insane resource consumption.
Second question: Did our life standards improve along centuries?
My take? A lot. For some of us. I would dare say that the average individual in western world lives better than kings few hundred years back. I remember a chronicle about the life during king Louis XIV, the Sun King; the cold and ugly smelling palaces (no toilets), sticks to scratch under the wigs for head lice, health problems…
So, we do better today. All this done because of human technology advances: internet, cars, airplanes, medical assistance, you name it…
So, what is wrong?
Technologies advanced much faster that human consciousness; and technology out of control generates disasters.
Discoveries and innovation based on research in chemistry, biology, quantum physics, information technology, transportation… make our life better, but could be used for destruction in the worse imaginable ways.
Third question: Can our society fix itself, and avoid self-destruction?
Why? There are mathematical theories that a system cannot fix itself from inside. The mechanisms to fix the system will alter it, and so, it is different than when the project started, it is catch 22 situations.
Forth question: What can be done?
If humankind deserved being saved, it will happen, help from above. Aliens? or gods?
But did indeed human society deserve saving?
My book The World Ends Tomorrow describes such a scenario.
The story is four hundred years into the future, with two countries sharing the planet, Gaia with 60% of earth’s surface, and Esperanto with 40%.
Gaia had huge problems due to lack of resources and a population around twenty-five billion people. Gangs were multiplying and growing, controlling more and more territory into the country. The government was close to collapsing, it was almost impossible to rule.
Esperanto had three billion people and was doing well, mainly because of tough programs to control population growth and resource consumption, and they had an Administration that knew what to do, having Clara as the undisputed leader, acting as the Administration’s Secretary. She had exceptional qualities, but that might not be enough.
When the disaster struck the Earth, Clara needed help from above.
The World Ends Tomorrow