FIVE HUNDRED YEAR PLAN October 13, 2014Posted by wmmbb in Humankind/Planet Earth.
Homo Sapien Sapiens probably need now to again push the boundaries. Let’s suppose that adventure, courage and technology enabled the Polynesians to discover the far flung islands of the Pacific between 900 to 1000 CE, which might have begun with moving the campsite over the mountain into the next valley. Let’s not run down the species it learns as it goes, and as it learns it qualitatively changes.
Fast forward to the present, while much of the past and present is horrible, nonetheless progress has been made. Some people still want to appropriate everything for themselves alone. So obviously, we all need to be working on common problems and the common good. One suggestion is to write a plan for the next five hundred years. Now that is a pretty preposterous suggestion. So it is the type of proposal that warrants both constructive thought and action?
In the capitalist, corporatist, fascist world order – the new/old world order – planning is left to the wants of the narrowly self-interested and the unfolding disaster that we witness, not just domestically but internationally, is perhaps the inevitable result. That may sound pejorative, but it is intended to be descriptive. The principle stakeholders inherent in the governmental system, as it has developed, are the few, not the many. People operate within cultural, social and often egotistical prisms that create disconnect and a distorted view of reality – “an optical illusion”. Power is exercised by both overt and explicit violence. This raises the question as to whether there are alternative and effective means of social formation and human governance that can address the difficulties and challenges of the global society. From this perspective, the issue of violence is front and centre.
Let’s assume that conflict is inherent in human affairs, and that it is possible to resolve without violence, which might explain how it was possible to lass this long. We should not ignore the needless loss of life in the designated World Wars of the twentieth century, or the continuing world war which has transmogrified, in part, into a rerun of the Islam-Christian wars, the ideological cover for the control and theft of resources and the continuation of imperialism and simultaneously the destruction of the ecosystem upon which all humans were interdependent. But who knew? Apparently none of the political spokespersons who claim to be leaders. Should this be a cause for concern? Who knew the claimed cultural sophistication of some practitioners among this elite and elated group of people was a mask for profound ignorance?
Some things are foreseeable and so preventable. For example, the probability of nuclear war is both possible and likely in the long term if nothing is done. The outcome of the Bay of Pigs could have been disastrous. The personal qualities and attributes of the main actors made the difference. Now that idiocy has become the defining characteristic, and most cherished value of political practitioners as the ingredient for success.
I would envisage within fifty years, the world will be voting digitally and given the penetration of mobile digital platforms this will be transformative. It may begin with elections and electoral decisions, but it will not stop there. I am surprised that polling has not being superseded by digital voting, which it can be foresee will be increasingly more specific in its concerns and effects. Democracy from below can be powerful, but it needs to be informed. Newspapers may cease to exist. Other social media will be subject to the dictat of the few, and it is likely that the internet, courtesy of the terrorism drug will be transformed into the post-Orwellian surveillance mechanism.
How many goodly creatures are there here!
How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world
That has such people in’t!
‘Tis new to thee.
The Tempest Act 5, scene 1, 181–184
Shakespeare who was born in 1564 does not go back far enough to five hundred years ago. While not well known, stuff happened in 1514:
Jan 10th – Complutensian New Testament in Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek & Latin finished
Jan 14th – Pope Leo X issues a papal bull against slavery.
Apr 26th – Copernicus makes his 1st observations of Saturn
May 15th – Jodocus Badius Ascensius publishes Christiern Pedersen’s Latin version of Saxo’s Gesta Danorum, the oldest known version of that work.
Aug 23rd – Battle of Chaldiran ended with a decisive victory for the Sultan Selim I, Ottoman Empire, over the Shah Ismail I, Safavids founder.
Sep 8th – Battle of Orsha: Polish/Lithuania army defeat the Russian army
Sep 15th – Thomas Wolsey appointed Archbishop of York
Maybe that is a localized summary of events around Europe, including England. History tends to be selective, and partial. but it is extremely interesting that the Papa, who claimed Catholic, issued a degree against slavery, which tragically for the next three hundred years and more was ignored as ignominy prevailed.
There will be world government, in one form or another, or there will be unmitigated disaster. The United Nations is institutional reaction to war, which did not permit a change in the status quo. At the global level the nation state, not least blinkered and carefully cultivated distinction and ignorant blindness necessary to furnish the mindscape for warfare and mass murder, is as presently framed dysfunctional in addressing global questions and problems, except as a short-sighted resort to violence. Could democracy work at a global level? Probably not, since even in established democracies, it has long since ceased to be effective at a local level.
Survival and success requires foresight. We might be more sapient that we realize. The challenge of a five hundred year plan for humanity is worth taking up. Many more problems would come into view, and the fact of registering them and proposing possible solutions would be valuable in itself.
The argument will be probably lost, and the cause will not be catastrophic climate change but one means among many. There will not be laughter in a dead solar neighbourhood, merely more silence. So laughing now gets us ahead of the curve.
Bill Moyers interviews David Suzuki:
What was it for?
NPR, Ted Radio Show, “Predicting the Future”.
Richard clough, Syria to Ukraine Wars send Defense Stocks to Records (Bloomberg). All is good, now and for the future.
We might anticipate the restoration of the Caliphate, if nothing else to allow for reparations in some cases, in particular Palestine, and revoke the effects of Western Imperialism. Religious toleration and acceptance should be extended to Islam.