This planet will be annihilated in the distant future. It may be a billion years from now, it may be a trillion years from now, but whenever it happens, we will need to have long since planned an exit strategy. As of right now, I know a number of people who believe that saving humanity wouldn’t be worth it. “So”, they ask, “what’s the point of trying?” And really, with our history, there’s some validity to this question. Humanity at present often makes our future not worth saving. This leads me to believe that there are a few steps that need to be taken before considering the insurance of our future. If we know that we’re going to have to put systems in place to ensure the survival of our generations to come, we need to first give the vast majority of people a reason to believe that this is a worthwhile endeavor. I know that there are people out there trying to do this very thing — leaders willing to guide from within the mass toward a path of fulfillment for as many as will walk with them. What I do not know is if there are enough of them, if they have enough people willing to get on board, and if they will be able to get everything focused in the right direction within the systems we have in place now.
So many people are dissatisfied with the current order of things. One need look no further than a cursory glance of social media or news outlets to see the discontent of the average person. People are dissatisfied with the way their lives are going. I find it hard to imagine that there isn’t some systemic component leading to much of this dysfunction and dissatisfaction. As a human, with my limited faculties, I can only observe within a restricted radius. The most immediate discontent that sticks out to me in our society is that its very structure disincentivizes reciprocity among individuals and the collectivities they organize themselves within. We so often assume it is necessary to organize within derisive pecking orders and top-down structures where an elite few dictate to the feeble-minded many. And those that lead the way toward new, more fulfilling methods of doing things tend to live on islands. Building new systems from the old requires making connections between the innovators. It requires encouraging more innovators to follow their chosen path bravely and confidently. It requires convincing others to buy in. But most of all, it requires those of us that see it to prove to the naysayers the joy that such a system would bring.
We need to be willing to courageously show and prove. If we don’t, our complacency will lead to our eventual doom. If we do, I am confident that we will someday reach the stars.