How would you describe your hopes and dreams for human kind and the future of our planet?
Thanks FOS 😉
My hopes and dreams are for a raising of the levels of awareness of our relatedness, our similarity, our reliance on the natural systems of the world, an understanding that it is in the interests of each and every one of us to value the life and liberty of every other person (including non-human persons – those capable of holding a conversation) above all else.
I look forward to the time when we have moved beyond the values of the market, to value life and liberty and the environment that supports us all.
I look forward to the rapidly approaching time when aging alone does not increase the risk of death (ie we have eliminated age related illness and disability – through the work of groups like the SENS Foundation – http://sens.org/ ).
I look forward to a time where technology supplies every human being with the essentials of life, freeing every person to explore their creative potential in whatever way they responsibly choose. Responsibility in this sense involves respecting the life and liberty of all others, and the needs of the diverse ecosystems that support us all and share this world with us.
I look forward to a time beyond nations, beyond cultures, beyond beliefs and truths, where every individual acknowledges the profound ignorance we all share, and as a result is tolerant of whatever diversity shows up.
I look forward to an age where we share our world, and our experience, with machine consciousnesses that surpass our understanding, and enhance our experience of being.
I look forward to a world where we share understanding and knowledge, without the vast arrays of deception that result from economic incentives and realities.
There is no need for scarcity.
I look forward to a time when the vast majority of people can see that systems based upon scarcity (markets), or their derivatives (money) do not serve us well, and we move to systems that can and do deliver abundance to all.
Its not about the technology, that exists already – it is about the ways we think.
We are trapped by our cultures, and they are all embedded in an economic matrix – yet in a very real sense it is all illusion – all based on a set of assumptions that for a long time were true much of the time, but now are false far more often than they are true.
We are a cooperative species.
Time for a bit of trust and cooperation at the species level, and beyond.