We are SO close to a post labor, perhaps even post death world, technologically.
But, here we are. The number of powder kegs that lead to World War 3 or some other nightmare scenario that are just laying about are terrifying.
Syria. The China thing. North Korea shot a missile from a sub. People are still arguing over the whole color/gender thing. People are killing people for their religion, ethnicity, etc.
We can be past all of this. We can, as a species, get past this… freaking childishness.
Then there’s the other side of things. There’s commercial spaceflight. There’s a plan to mine asteroids. Genetics is doing amazing things, and it’s claimed human cloning is possible. Artificial intelligence is becoming. Computational speeds and abilities are insane. There are driverless vehicles starting to go onto the roads. Somebody woke someone’s brain up with an ultrasound recently.
I mean, dude. We are RIGHT THERE! So close we can taste… Utopia. Space colonization and moving industry, power production, even most of the species, off planet. Clinical immortality is just down the block. An end to a need for human labor is really in our faces.
We could be the generation that moves us to and through the technological and industrial and societal revolution that’s upon us, or we can muck it all up over stupidity.
I don’t know if there’s anything I can do, except to try to be a positive influence on those around me. Maybe you have greater power or money or… whatever, in which case, any help to get us all through this would help. Maybe you don’t. If you can do nothing else, make someone’s day a little easier. Help if you can. Be kind.
Maybe that’s what we need. Everything goes viral and people embrace it. I wonder if we could make kindness viral as well.
Try it. Go tell someone random that it will all be okay. That they are worthy of happiness. That it’s okay to believe things or not, as long as you don’t harm anyone else over them. Let your deity or whatever ism you hold dear take care of that.
If we can all just stop the fighting and hatred, our kids will be able to truly become, and their kids may never know sadness or war or mental illness, maybe even death.