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April 28, 2008


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From George’s Post on April 28, 2008
What is the strategic plan for humanity?

I have always been an observer of humanity and after decades of observation the questions about its future have become more pressing, as the advance of civilization has meant the destruction of entire ecosystems and the creatures that lived there for millions of years or even for several thousand years as was the case of the Pre-Columbian nations in the New world.
The prospects for the future of civilization are today a delicate question made critical by a worldview that cannot be reconciled with the physical reality of what is happening on the planet in real time.
I concur with the need for a strategic plan for humanity and the improvements that may change the course of human history, however, it seems to me that in order to consider a strategic plan for humanity, one must first make a preliminary effort to establish a sense of the state of the human species and of the state of the earth environment in order to ascertain a clearer assessment of the tactical and logistic operations involved.
I believe that, that assessment is a fundamental prerequisite to any planning or to the construction of models and the mechanisms that animate them. The reason for this is precisely because of recognition of a fundamental organizing principle in naturally evolving systems that George mentions in support of hierarchical control systems (HCS) theory.
The problem is that there are two separate and distinct natures at play, one is human nature and the other is nature’s own design independent from us. We humanity are just coming into the realization of these underlying common denominators to all life, after thousands of years of independently creating a natural order that suited our arrogance of superiority over all other life.
As George puts it “we have been a child-like species and now it is time to grow up”
It is just now that we are witnessing the extent of our innocence and the irreparable damage it has caused, we are finally old enough to ask; what is the strategic plan for the survival of humanity?
Please notice that we are doing so at a time when even the most humble worm or bacteria has its own plan in place and functioning for millions of years. Over ten million other species have a comprehensive strategic plan that is fully integrated with each other and the world’s environment. All of which is now threatened by the effect of our innocence.
I have focused my work on the visualization and modeling of improvements that may bring about survival advantages or benefits to life on earth. Humanity of course is a most desirable member for a future earth, however even by the most generous of assessments; civilization is irredeemable and unsustainable and must be phased out by the increased presence of a transitional human, between Homo sapiens and whatever the name for its replacement or off-shot in our specie’s evolutionary tree.
I suggested two decades ago, that for discussion purposes the new off-shot or species be thought of as “Homo sapiens integralis” since the one thing that homo sapiens could not do was to integrate itself with the rest of life but chose instead to claim it as its disposable property.
Anyway, the main theme now is framed in a number of questions posed by George and I will try to devote a short paragraph or two to each without going into great detail.
What is the strategic plan for humanity?
At first it may be to visualize its survival in terms of a worldview that can reconcile the human nature we invented for ourselves and the nature we are a part of. Such a worldview is attainable trough a gradual replacement of our static consciousness with a closer facsimile of the dynamic and variable organization that drives natural processes.
Basically, the primary plan for humanity is to resolve to evolve consciously beyond the limitations of a faulty and fatigued worldview. Once this process is on the way physical adaptations will follow by natural or integrated design between humans and nature.

What does the future of humanity look like?
Right now I could imagine two futures for humanity:
One, the system breaks apart and humanity reverts to the barbarism that has distinguished it for most of our journey, except that they will languish amidst a collapsed environment and be reduced to small roaming groups until they go extinct.
Two, where we manage to introduce the cultural triggers to a higher consciousness where without losing our fundamental historical cultural identity humanity embraces the diversity of our species as an aspect of life on earth and of all life on earth as an integral system in motion within this universe.
The creation of a working model of world peace independent from war, like the one I’m building at present time, will provide an indicator that humanity can evolve beyond the boundary of a barbarian society and thus focus its warfare know-how to fight the tactical war against the real enemies of civilization, namely, pollution, poverty, disease, climate change and the rest. They all require military precision and discipline, same job different outcome.

What kind of world do we want to live in?
If the whole history of life on earth is compressed to the extent of one hour, life began ten minutes ago and we have been around for about one thousandth of a minute. Add to that the thought that over ninety percent of all life that ever existed has gone extinct. That indicates to me, that life has been a struggle and that we the creatures that learned the workings of life, can find in that struggle a new level of dignity as we consciously learn how to self regulate ourselves to the needs of the planet and to learn the only rule that will keep us away from our barbaric past. The rule that says that “your freedom ends where the freedom of someone else begins”

What are our strengths and weaknesses as a species?
At present our greatest strength is that we are aware that we are at an evolutionary junction where Homo sapient will have to pass the baton to the new runner who will take our species further. We know this because our intellectual fatigue is revealed by our repetition of the same errors over and over, by the use of the same themes over and over, but mostly by our inability to go beyond awareness because we do not know what to do.
Our weakness is that not having a better idea of reality, which is why the best we can do is to agree to disagree. This weakness however can be alleviated by art, at least by the kind of art that I do where a measure of utility has been introduced to the aesthetic experience. Therefore the art itself is an illustration of how the reality of an object whether mental or physical is the sum of all of its known histories including the viewer’s own history, thereby demonstrating that reality is dynamic and variable.

What are the opportunities and threats that face us and how do they play out over time?
Our best opportunity is that we as a species have the ability to evolve and have evolved at every junction where only a new version of ourselves was fit to survive from hominid to Homo sapiens. We have done this before and we can do it again. The biggest threat is time, we cannot accomplish any transformative initiatives at the time scales that we are used to embrace change, we have gotten away with it in the past but the world was in good condition and there where not over six billion of us eating at the last of the world’s resources. That is why I know that creating models of the improvements like peace as a new cultural resource with social, political and economic ramifications, will illustrate how to embrace changes in a shorter time scale. To illustrate the point, we’d had over 5,000 years of war and my project is the first attempt at creating a working model of peace.
Over time it will become clear that no one alive today has to transform into something they are not. Our courtesy to the future of our species is to allow the coming generations to embrace the new realities and redefine the old ones to suit. Those who thrive on hatred and bigotry will inevitably die the same as those who love and cherish life. Our challenge is not to pass on to the next generation the shortcomings that we now know are all that lies between the success and failure of our species.
The history of life on earth is an open book that we can begin to read with fresh eyes, we already know that our worldview, as wonderful as it is and as filled with ideas of our own design as it is, will not deliver us from extinction on its present course. Let us deliver the future of our species with a measure of dignity and respect for life reflected in the face of our children as they create the culture that will make those two qualities a true part of their genetic make up.
It is clear that life on earth, that is life as we know it, is in a tight spot. As a species, our world view has a tendency to look for single source points or the “One thing” that is the cause for this or that or for the one thing that will fix this or that problem.
Global warming for instance is a reality, what ever its sources, but we are wasting time looking for the “one culprit” when the larger reality of is that in a dynamic universe no one point is the center of expansion.
My point is that the impact on life by natural events are the result of combined causes and sources, just as the impact of civilization on the environment is the result of combined causes and sources, however, the current challenges to life as we know it are a combination from these multiple source causes. You may call what is happening in the world the result of a compounded environmental effect.
I have two questions. How are we going to educate civilization about multiple cause events? And how are we going to reduce the time lag between the time a source is identified and the time we actually do something about it?


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