Preventing Extinction: Introduction

 

The realities here on Earth are not sustainable. 

This means they are going to change. 

This is not a possibility or a probability.  It is a certainty.  It will happen. 

It is not possible for us—the members of the human race—to continue organizing and carrying out colossal mass murder events (wars) that use increasingly dangerous weapons and impose ever greater risks, for the rest of time.  It is not possible for us to continue raping the world of its natural wealth and contaminating it with toxins, with tools that are more and more efficient and powerful each day, forever. 

We didn’t create the system that works this way.  We were born into it.  We grew up in it and became used to it.  It is basically all we know.  Of course we support it: no one is allowed to live on a world with this kind of system without paying taxes that support it.

We may feel attached to it, even though it can’t meet our needs.  We may be afraid of change and panic when we think about the possibility of having to change.  For these and other reasons, we may want to keep it. 

But this is not going to happen. 

We can’t prevent it from going away.  It is going away.  That its what the term ‘unsustainable’ means.  Keeping an unsustainable system forever is not an option.

We can’t decide whether it will go way, but we can decide how it goes away.

We have two options:

First, we can sit tight and wait.  This dangerous and violent system will go away when it destroys the ‘host’ that uses it and allows it to work, the human race.  When the human race goes away, the system goes away.

Second, we can replace it with something better. 

When a new system is in place, the old system will become nothing but a relic.  We can study it from our new perspective in safety.  We can compare it to the systems of our violent and irrational animal ancestors. (We will see it is very similar in many respects.) We can then use it as an example of the mistakes that evolving species may make, in late stages when they are almost sapient, but not quite there.  We can use it to help us teach our children to not be too complacent and accepting of ideas and beliefs passed down through the generations. 

Children raised in the new system will look down on those who lived in the horrible ways that people used to live.  They will think of the people who lived this way as simplistic and well meaning, but ultimately too foolish for their own good, and think of themselves as the enlightened ones.  They may study the basic forces that pushed us to do the things humans did, before the changes were made, and say things like: ‘and here is why they were so foolish and primitive and we are so much better.’

They will be ashamed of us. 

But they will be around.  The human race will still exist. 

I claim that this outcome is possible. 

It is possible for us to use our intention, combined with science and the fantastic technologies we have now, to change the course of human events to put the human race onto a path that leads somewhere other than to nothingness.  Something Better

That is what this book is about

This book explains the steps that, if taken, will cause the societies we inherited from past generations to begin to change and evolve.  These societies are currently changing in ways that make them ever more dangerous and destructive each day that passes.  This is not the only evolutionary path that societies can take.  They can move the other way.  They can move in ways that cause them to be more and more capable of meeting the needs of the race of thinking beings that has them (humans here on Earth) each day that passes.  They can begin to evolve into sound societies. This book explains how we, the members of the human race, can initiate this change and shepherd the changes so they happen smoothly. 

You can think of the story in this book as the ravings of a lunatic if you want.  It deals with topics that we are raised to believe we aren’t supposed to even think about, let alone talk about.  If you think it is in this category, I hope to entertain you long enough to keep you reading, because I believe that if people understand these topics they will be far more likely to think we have hope (something necessary before people will even try) than they would if they had no exposure at all.  But I hope that some of you will have an open mind. I hope some of you will understand that we aren't on the path we are now on because we are supposed to be here.  We are not supposed to go extinct.  If it can be avoided, we owe it to ourselves, our race, and all other races with whom we may interact if we can make it past this spot in our progress, to do our best to help make it happen. 

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