way ahead clear?
Today humanity is at a
crossroads. Do we plunge into an abyss of failure
precipitated by the short term greed of the few or do we take conscious
responsibility for directing a future of prosperity
all and protection of our environment? Do we move towards a
global society of freedom, justice and equality or towards repression,
corruption and tyranny? Do we want a world of health and wealth for
all, or a world of disease and poverty for many? Do we want sustainable
use of natural resources or pollution and environmental catastrophe? Do
we want an
economy that is fair and just to all, or the extremes of massive wealth
and abject poverty?
Let us examine the
facts; there are no alternative facts. But to do this we must
step back in time and start at the beginning. Then we will
know how we got here and where we are surely going.
 Some ideas
presented here draw upon, but may not represent, the work of John
Stewart, see Evolution's Arrow. However,
all opinions remain those of the present author.
There is a clearly observable direction to the evolution of
entire universe has a fundamental tendency to evolve towards ever
higher levels of organisation. From the primordial soup arose the
elementary subatomic and atomic particles. Large clusters of matter
condensed into nebulae, galaxies and solar systems. Groups of atoms
formed first into simple chemical molecules then into
more complex precursors of life. Eventually the chemicals formed
into single cell living organisms. Cells evolved into
multi-cellular organisms of increasing complexity; fish, reptiles,
birds, mammals and eventually humanity.
This trend is manifested in
another way. Consider also the formation of
shoals, swarms, flocks, herds, tribes, nations, confederations and
the inevitable forthcoming global society. The move to a global society
is a major cusp in the evolution of humanity and it would be wise for
to consider whether such a state should exist for the benefit of all
and the preservation of the planet we live on or if we want a system
in which resources are concentrated in the hands of the few and
preservation of the environment takes second place to the relentless
pursuit of unachievable constant economic growth based on economic
models that are fundamentally flawed.
Evolution of knowledge
Knowledge also evolves consciously and subconsciously, both
an individual and within society. Typically, knowledge
evolves subconsciously at first. By trial and error, like
evolution, we find out what works and what does not work.
There then comes a time at which that subconscious knowledge
available as conscious knowledge about which we can reason.
point, known as the declarative transition
reached, then knowledge in that field can advance rapidly. For example,
the declarative transition for thought and inference,
what constituted logical thought and what
did not, was the transition that enabled the modern scientific era.
behaviour across generations is a slow process but the arrow of
evolution can fly faster if members of a population adopt behaviours
that accelerate the process by enhancing their own chances of
Survival of the fittest. For this purpose the
base desires of lust, greed and anger with their hedonic rewards so
deeply rooted in the human psyche have enhanced the evolutionary
success of humanity to the current advanced point. But these base
desires are only proxies for evolutionary success and serve no
further purpose now we have acquired the intellectual capacity to
choose our own destiny.
Despite the existence of political science as a studied discipline the
reality of global politics belies its existence. We lurch
from one failed system to another.
The time has come for us all to take a conscious part in the evolution
of ourselves and our society. We must lay aside the evolutionary
proxies of the past and, as individuals, consciously pursue goals
suited to the present age. As groups of individuals we must evolve
systems of sustainable global harmony. We must all take responsibility
for our own actions and our own future.We
cannot leave it to future generations because we
are running out of time to save the planet from the residual
retards with their dinosaur politics of fear, greed and hatred. The
time has come. We are at the crossroads.
Global capitalism, in its present form, is a cancer on
Survival of the fittest is
one guiding principle of evolution but so too is the principle that the
parts must be subsidiary to the whole when a major new level of
organization is reached. For example, the interests of a single cell
are put aside in the formation of a multi-cellular organism. Cells
which do not follow this principle are a cancer on the organism.
So too, the interests of individuals must not take precedence
over the interests of the whole if the transition to a global society
is to be successful. For a healthy global society there must
be a constant flow of resources and benefits to all people.
That small number of individuals who seek to control power
and resources solely for their own benefit are a cancer on humanity.
The doctrines they follow are the doctrines of disease.
In forming a global society there is a need to transcend the
base animal instincts and adopt a strategy which is for the common good
of all the people of the world and the planet we live on. Global
capitalism, in its present form, is not such a system.
Let us examine the
consequences of allowing current trends to continue unabated.
Increasing automation of both physical and intellectual work
will eventually replace us all with robots. No one is
employed. To not re-distribute the wealth accruing from
automation is nothing short of contempt for humanity. To share
the wealth frees us all to be creative and advance the interests of the
whole, including the interests of the wealthy.
A further disastrous
consequence of the current trend is that the super rich will eventually
squabble amongst themselves as they each try to wrest control of
resources from each other in order to become the one supreme power.
One person running the world with artificial
intelligence and robots while the rest of us live in serfdom
and poverty. How absurd. What credibility can there be in such a
philosophy? This is not the way, our leaders must also be
Eradication or cure?
The abject stupidity, denial and ignorance of some current world
leaders has shone a spotlight on all that is wrong in a world driven by
global capitalism. We can see that the disease of capitalism
threatens total destruction through environmental catastrophe
and the promotion of war. The diseased organs or corporate lobbying are
pouring their venom into the mechanisms of world government and weaker
leaders are succumbing.
The analogy of global capitalism being a cancer suggests the idea that
it must be cut out and destroyed. But analogies have a
weakness by way of invalid inference. Just because
cancer cannot be cured does not mean that global capitalism cannot be
The consciousness of humanity is undeniably directed by
the many, not by the few. When we all direct our conscious
effort to eradication of the lies and alternative facts of the
corporate cancer then the leaders of those countries still holding some
vestige of democracy can be persuaded to become part of the solution
not part of the problem.
The present system is destined to fail because
it is contrary to the principles of cosmic evolution. The choice is
between cataclysmic change with the old order swept into oblivion or
peaceful change in which transformed elements of the old order
survive. It is in the interests of those following misguided
philosophies of the past, doomed to failure, to drop them and become
part of a sustainabe future. It is now or never. We are
at the crossroads.
Principles and priorities of a civilized society
Many of our present world leaders, including the leaders of large
corporations, cling solely to the propensities of their lower nature
and are little better than animals. They should be looked down
on, not looked up to. Unless we have suppressed it inside
ourselves, like the fools currently clinging to power, then we all know
right from wrong. This knowledge has evolved within us
precisely because it is conducive to an advanced collective society,
the form predicated by evolution.
To deny and suppress the higher principles of humanity is to
degrade us all and drag us back to being primitive savages and animals.
Let us review those true principles and priorities.
- Respect for human rights
- No death penalty
- No torture including no solitary confinement for extended
- No thugs acting on behalf of the state
- No detention without trial for extended periods
- Respect for all without regard for race, religion or gender
- Democracy and freedom of speech
- Global freedom of movement
- Put people first
- Put the environment second
- Put the economy third
it is perhaps inevitable that we get it right one day, a lot of human
suffering can be obviated by getting it right now. We stand on the cusp
of a new age of global peace and well being, but only if we all go
about it in the right direction.
The choice before us is a stark one: be an
evolutionary retard steeped in the dinosaur politics of
and hatred, destined for extinction through destruction of the planet,
be a part of the progressive move towards the common good of a just
global society at peace and harmony with our environment. We
are at the crossroads.