If the collapse of the world is inevitable, then is it wrong to hasten it? What are the ethical considerations of this course of action?

If the collapse of the world is inevitable, then is it wrong to hasten it? What are the ethical considerations of this course of action?

[ 24/May/21 ]

If one believes that anything is inevitable, then one will be drawn to a set of conclusions.

If one is capable of appreciating what seems to me to very probably be the reality of our situation – that reality contains multiple levels of fundamental uncertainties, and all of our perceptions and models of it are necessarily simplistic; then the idea of anything being inevitable is a form of overly simplistic hubris.

Some things may seem very probable, and that is a very different sort of thing from an inevitability.

It seems clear to me that the very concept of morality is founded in the survival of complexity, particularly complexity capable of using linguistic tools to model its own existence in a model of the reality within which it exists.

In such an understanding, any action that increases risk to such life is ethically inexcusable (as is a failure to take such action as one reasonably can to decrease such risk).

In such an understanding we all have an ethical duty to use our best endeavours to search for solutions to any and all such classes of risk. Any acceptance of such as “inevitable” is an ethically inexcusable failure of imagination, a failure to make sufficient effort to see the possibility of a solution (a failure to sufficiently search the abstract classes of strategy in uncertainty), and as such, a form of self justified intellectual laziness. {Much as I loved reading Asimov as a youth, and much as he taught me, his Foundation thesis is built on a very simplistic set of strategies – as all good novels must be.}

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) with reasonable security, tools, resources and degrees of freedom, and reasonable examples of the natural environment; and that is going to demand responsibility from all of us - see www.tedhowardnz.com/money
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