NEXT STEP IN OUR EVOLUTION
I warn you before you read this section, that my thoughts may appear 'out there'. However, the more I analyze our history, the more convinced I become that we’ve arrived at the next stage of our evolutionary path. This new stage is characterized by a change of consciousness and values and a total transformation of our world-views and ethics. I realize that this is a pretty big statement and that one may consider it a bit to idealistic or futuristic but let's consider a few facts.
Deep space exploration and scientific research provides us with growing knowledge of evolution and an expanded sense of who we are, our origin and purpose. We are being pushed to view ourselves not as isolated individuals or competing nations, but as a specie with a collective presence, common origin and probably a shared destiny. While we may not realize this, I firmly believe that we are witnessing the awakening to a new level of consciousness that is challenging older paradigms of humanity as an isolated being in a random, purposeless universe. I am going to side step the religious discussion for now.
We are moving from an era dominated by competing nations to one that is birthing a sustainable multicultural planetary civilization. I believe that its our collective responsibility, including those of all world leaders to establish a baseline for peace, regardless of our past and our differences, whether those are based on religion, culture, ethnicity, sex or what have you. We are at the starting gate of our next step in evolution which will mean extending our civilization beyond our current planetary boundaries. I am convinced that such a transition, while marked by struggle and conflict, is occurring within the context of our emerging understanding of the journey of the universe and our own origins and purpose.
THE GREAT TURNING
The famous ecologist and systems thinker Joanna Macy has named this point in time 'The Great Turning'. Many such thinkers are suggesting that our consciousness is slowly shifting from valuing individualism and independence to embracing interdependence and kinship on a planetary scale. This will take time, but ecological sciences are showing us the interconnectedness of life systems. The enlightenment values of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are being reconfigured as we speak. Life now includes the larger life of the earth, individual freedom requires responsibility to community and nature, and happiness is being defined as more than material goods.
While we may be decades away from making interstellar travel a reality, the fact is that eventually we will need to get off this planet and start colonizing other solar systems — it might actually prove to be the most important purpose in our journey forward as humanity. Think about it, we may actually be the ones tasked with colonizing and seating our solar system and beyond. Whatever our long-term purpose may turn out to be, humanity's ongoing survival requires us to expand beyond earth - it's also in our nature as a specie to move on.
Historically, it's by venturing beyond our borders and surpassing our biological limitations that we have continually pushed our civilization forward resulting in ongoing technological, social, political, and economic progress. Even today, our limited ventures into space have brought us countless scientific benefits that are propelling our specie forward. Should our civilization ever be capable of embarking upon interstellar colonization it would represent a remarkable milestone, possibly for all life in our solar system and beyond. Presently, we appear to live in a Galaxy devoid of interstellar travelers or perhaps we are just so tiny in this vast universe that we are yet to be discovered. But perhaps not.
However, consider the implications for humanity and the history of evolution if in fact we are the first and only civilization to embark upon such a journey - perhaps the future of life in our Galaxy depends on it. But more to the point, I believe that interstellar colonization would also allow our species to expand into the cosmos and flourish. Perhaps that is humanity's 'Prime Objective.'
A HOLISTIC APPROACH TO PROBLEM SOLVING
Idealistic or not, I do believe that many global issues which currently challenge the world only stand a chance of being seriously addressed if seen as a holistic, complex set of issues that need to be resolved in the greater context of humanity.
We need our best academic brains to collectively solve our global challenges. Scientific research and social sciences must all work in an intelligent interdisciplinary manner to get a total take on the various issues and challenges our civilization is facing. I am convinced that a multi-perspective response is the only way to solve our challenges whether the issues relate to our energy crisis, poverty, social divide, healthcare and others.
Chemistry, philosophy and anthropology don't, in themselves, exist. They are our mental constructs to help sort our thinking and cerebral methodology. Academic subject areas are human inventions that enable us to organize the complexities of learning and catalogue the world's total knowledge about itself. So, as we continue to apply worldwide knowledge and research to solving serious global issues, we should be ready to lay aside our traditional silo mentality and re-integrate the application of knowledge, learning and research in addressing the challenges of our times. It's a precondition for moving forward in our next stage of evolution and consciousness as a specie.