What awaits us: civilization-ending disaster, or a bright, new future?

Question from the Internet:

“Am I the only one who thinks that in the future there’s going to be a massive war for the future or culling of our species?”

What you are describing is a natural “end-game” if we continue blindly following our instinctive nature.

In truth, “prophecy” is not so difficult as instinctive human behavior — driven by our insatiable, self-serving, self-justifying, individualistic, and exploitative egos — is easily predictable.

Isaac Asimov — in his Foundation books — called the science of predicting historic human behavior, development based on instinctive behavior of a large enough human mass psychohistory.

Just as the protagonist in the Foundation books could predict the fall of the Galactic Empire, we can all easily foresee the fall of our present civilization — which has already begun.

And as each civilization, each human system before us — in history’s helplessly recurring vicious cycles — goes out with a bang, we will also sleepwalk into a civilization-ending explosion.

Our own explosion — that can be initiated from multiple different places, from multiple, seemingly disconnected causes — will wipe out most of humanity. And if we do not do this through wars, then Natural disasters, water and food shortage, unmanageable plagues will do the same to us.

What even prophets cannot predict, on the other hand, is what happens if we learn how to rise above our blind, instinctive behavior, what happens if we manage to start acting, connecting, behaving above and against our original nature through new, very different intentions, values, goals we learn from Nature.

Thus we still have time and an opportunity to avert the seemingly inevitable doomsday scenario waiting for us that will go beyond anything Hollywood can imagine or portray in their dystopian predictions.

We can still learn how to build conscious, proactive, “Nature-like” mutual integration between us, serving each other and the whole collective — global humanity and Nature — in a completely selfless, unconditionally supportive manner like cells of the same living organism.

This is our only ticket, the key to continuing, collective human survival.

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Zsolt Hermann

I am a Hungarian-born Orthopedic surgeon presently living in New Zealand, with a profound interest in how mutually integrated living systems work.