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Larry, great comment. The salt is in your last sentences. GM is here, and I can’t make it disappear just because I don’t like it. I learnt to live with it when I realized that the bad effects of it come from the intention: profit, short term interests, focused on fast returns. What if the motive would be holistically the improvement not only of humanity, but of the ecosystem Earth? Like we can cultivate food in monocultures, destroying the ecosystem, or we can build beautiful gardens which actually are beneficial to life. Same applies to this video. It’s propaganda, advertisement. But it’s also palpable that many of those folks appearing there are really believing they are improving people’s lives. When the overall drive is imbued by such principles, in other words, when as a society we are committed to a holistic well-being of the planet as a whole, and freeing us of being slaves of just another god, the market, then progress, technology and creativity might be apply to holistically improve our societies.
Story: In my early days as a budding physicist I was fascinated by the Fundamental Theory proposals of Arthur Eddington, who arrogantly claimed he could deduce the basic laws of physics (including the fundamental constants) from the methods and tools humans used to conceptualize a universe. Eddington analogized: imagine a fish scientist hoisting catches from the sea, and coming to a universal conclusion – all fish are greater than 2 inches. This could have been determined by an examination of the net. Although Eddington remains controversial (mostly dismissed) today – the lesson for human society remains clear. How we conceive human social reality is very much a product of how we interact and cognitively compose our experientials and meaning.
What if our “Best & Brightest” are “way off” (grossly inadequate to our need) – as if still locked into classical physics (still applicable to our macro perception reality) whereas the “laws of social reality” are actually of a quite different nature (analogous – only in degree of difference – to the quantum laws of the small). No human has ever observed a government, a corporation, a monetary system, and army, etc. These are fictions of the human mind when we attempt to apply laws of local reality to other domains. The fearsome entities dictating our lives may be myths capable of quick evaporation; and what reamins may be quite manageable. Also, when we attempt to think on alternatives to Civilization we might discover that those “Realities for Humanity” which are viable are of a radically different type than our limited contemporary views. None of this need be over complex; it takes on a different level of EASE (not simplicity). The emperor has no clothes.
Looking through different reality glasses our trending future remains very dangerous, but not so impossible to shift. However, the actions the pioneers need to be taking are not what everyone expects. The above is from an acknowledged Minority of One who speaks with full recognition that he may be totally deluded. If his insights were not potentially relevant to the future of Humanity/Gaia he would let judgement fall on the frailties of History. But, history may not be around to make the judgement – which is of no concern to me, in any case.
I apologize for dumping in a reply. Unfortunately, with all the highly innovative technologies and apps for so-called knowledge management emergent. they are limited to only the lower levels of cognitive/conceptual organization and are useless as media for discourse on issues of the scope mentioned above, IMHO.
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