( A five-minute follow on read: Broadening the Subject of Brexit to a Global view)
Because we never see or experience time and space; they are like glasses through which we view the world. Each day, we hear about countless instances of greed, hatred, violence, and destruction, and all of the pain, suffering, and sorrow that ensues.
About 100 years ago, the world sleepwalked into World War 1, which lead to world War 11.
Today the world sleepwalking into the next global disaster.
WE ARE INCAPABLE OF ACTING TOGETHER FOR THE COMMON GOOD.
BRIXIT BEING THE MOST RECENT EXAMPLE.
Take your choice CLIMATE CHANGE or UN-REGULATED ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE.
Technology increasingly prevents us from seeing ourselves in others – we increasingly see others as data, which tell us all about their employment outcomes or what degrees they have, but which keeps their dignity out of plain sight.
How is it that technology has and still is superseding human intelligence, when it’s the humans that are discovering new technologies?
The question is how to change human being, since we are the root cause of everything.
The earth is on the brink of environmental disaster because human beings (at least those in power during the modern age) have drawn sharp distinctions between the human and non-human world.
The world is and has always been divided into two opposing camps: female/male; non-white/white; haves/have-nots; young/old; conflict theorists/functionalists; developed nations/less developed nations; oppressed/oppressors; industrialized/non-industrialized; Western/non-Western, etc.
They all stem from a mindset that envisions a world of you versus me, us versus them, self versus other.
We can look at almost any social problem—racism, sexism, poverty, homophobia, ableism, bullying, terrorism, domestic violence, human trafficking, slavery, religious fundamentalism, immigration —and at the core, is a dualistic orientation.
A dualistic orientation is one that focuses on our differences instead of our similarities, promotes arbitrary divisions at the expense of social cohesion, neglects our interdependence by nurturing our sense of independence, and fashions a deeply polarized world where if you are not with us (or like us) then you are against us (and therefore, we are against you).
The world is certainly a mess of socially created divisions. And while these differences seem real, and have very real effects, we must not forget that they are indeed social creations.
When we speak about problems between women and men, people of color and whites, Christians and Muslims, or any of the other numerous dualisms that we regularly invoke, we are implicitly (and sometimes explicitly) suggesting that these two groups are essentially and inherently distinct, that at the core of these two groups is some fundamental difference.
Although the ubiquity of these problems makes them seem so normal and ordinary that we may not even question.
We need to question and challenge the way we unreflectively describe and divide the world into dichotomous and opposing camps.
In both our words and our actions we need to construct real alternatives to these arbitrary constructions, emphasize our similarities instead of our differences, build bridges instead of borders, and recognize that interdependence sustains us while independence tears us apart.
It may seem fruitless to try to identify a single contributing factor to all of society’s collective dilemmas. Ultimately, the challenge is to see others as us.
We first need to recognize ourselves in others before we can treat them like we would want to be treated.
Treating everyone equal, but in a real scenario, this is not possible.
Leave apart treating humans equal, we do not even spare the nature that lets us live or wildlife that maintains the ecological balance.
We destroy them all if it is serving our purpose.
We need to end the era of easy money. We need to stop subsidizing financial markets. We need to let our economy reorient itself from its short-term and transactional focus back to one based on long-term investment and long-term relationships.
We must encourage not discourage immigration. Immigration is morally correct, is good foreign policy and is economically beneficial. Immigrants must be viewed as assets, which they are, not liabilities.
Populists continue to come to power but it has no long term objectives.
The rich stay rich, the powerful stay powerful and the poor stay poor. Trade suffers, immigrants are shunned. Economic growth is weak. Capitalism continues to be viewed as the problem, big government as the solution. Maybe another financial crises that we can inflate our way out of. Maybe another financial crises that we can’t.
Sooner or later the music stops. It’s time for us to be better.
We are nowhere near as free as everyone thinks, and that makes my skin crawl.
All in all, of course there is a lot of good in this world, but even with all that good, the bad shines, so bright and with that brightness it sometimes gets hard to see the good.
Why settle other planets when ours is in danger of an impending doom?
It’s easy to assume that we’ll charge into our new home disregarding the existing ecosystem or any potential inhabitants. We’ll change shit around so it works for us and in doing so we’ll make the same mistakes we’ve made for centuries on Earth.
What the hell is going on in the world?
IT’S TIME WE PUT ON
IT’S TIME TO REVANT THE UNITED NATIONS. TO ESTABLISH A NEW WORLD ORGANISATION TO VET ALL TECHNOLOGY, ARTIFICIAL NOR NOT TO ENSURE IT COMPLIES WITH CORE HUMAN VALUES AND NOT PROFIT.
IT’S TIME TO GET OFF YOUR SMART PHONES AND PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR REAL WORLD.
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