Quora – Is it better to make our planet sustainable for future habitats or investing in search for a better planet?

Is it better to make our planet sustainable for future habitats or investing in search for a better planet?

[ 8/April/21 ]

Gonzalo Munevar is correct – we are not searching for another planet that is better than this one – we evolved on this one, and this planet will always be the planet most appropriate to our form of life. Evolution that delivers complexity such as us involves complex systems that very few people have much appreciation of just how complex they are.

Few people yet understand or accept the biological and strategic reality that all new levels of complexity are founded on new levels of cooperation, and that at each level, competition is only survivable if it is based upon cooperation. Most people still seem to be working from such low resolution models of complexity that they can sustain some level of belief that evolution is all about competition – nothing could actually be further from reality.

So we need to understand that our survival at this new level of complexity that we have created is predicated on our accepting that such complexity demands cooperation (all levels) if it is to survive long term, and many of our existing economic and political systems fail to meet that criteria. And it is deeply complex, because raw cooperation is also subject to failure if invaded by cheating strategies (like most of modern finance and politics) and requires evolving ecosystems of cheat detection and removal strategies at every new level, if it is to survive long term (what our legal and ethical systems should be, if they had not already been captured by multiple levels of cheating strategies).

So we have a lot of work to do.

It comes down to each and every one of us, as individuals (limited and fallible as we are) making our best assessments as to what responsibility and cooperation looks like to us in any particular context. The more we understand about complexity and uncertainty the harder it gets. No easy outs, ever!

So each and every one of us has to start looking seriously at the systems we are embedded in, and start making responsible decisions, to the best of our limited and fallible abilities. And we need to be aware that currently there are multiple levels of cheating strategies employing very powerful tools to exploit levels of subconscious bias (necessarily present in all of us) for purposes we are unlikely to be aligned with.

Accepting that reality, we each need to cooperate with those we deem reliable and work for sustainability where we have the time and energy to do so after we meet our needs for existence.

In doing this, we need to accept that any real expression of freedom is going to lead to expanding diversity, and we need to give such diversity respect and such freedom as it can responsibly handle (without being a direct threat to any other level of complexity present). It is seriously complex, and deeply and fundamentally uncertain at many different levels, even as in some contexts we can develop very high levels of reliability.

About Ted Howard NZ

Seems like I might be a cancer survivor. Thinking about the systemic incentives within the world we find ourselves in, and how we might adjust them to provide an environment that supports everyone (no exceptions) - see www.tedhowardnz.com/money
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