What's the Destiny of our World?
Looking back over thousands of years of human history and being painfully aware of the increasing issues and dangers that threaten us, humanistically, environmentally and economically, one question arises more and more frequently:
What’s the Destiny of our World?
Let's unravel the odds:
First and best case or fortune scenario
We overcome our far too many differences and learn to coexist and cooperate without the dividers of nationality, religion, wealth, and advancement. We'd learn to share the resources the planet has to offer amongst everyone, share our enormous advantages, and come together in tolerance. Beating the darker aspects of human nature. Fortune shining on us.
Nice, right? Realistic? Sadly not.
Second and worst case or doom scenario
We carry on as we are now, ignoring humanity's real purpose, mankind's true destiny, and keep sliding down the prickly slope into the abyss - welcome to the darkest age ever-fatal.
Third and most realistic case or agency scenario
We confront the dangers head-on and refuse to live in a dream world that'll never come to pass. Equally, we refuse to slide down the drain as a species and work towards a doable version of the ideal first case scenario. This will make us stronger than the naysayers.
But back to this majority of increasing darkness. Don't think this wouldn't also affect you! Yes, YOU. And your loved ones, friends and neighbors.
Our countries, continents, our whole World. Sad, right?
I sometimes feel we are much closer to these new dark ages than anything else or than ever before. And I am not alone. Even though a lot of good stuff is happening, it feels as if we are riddled with an 80:20 kind of Pareto principle by now - 80% negative and 20% positive.
That's just a perception, I can hear some of you think; however, feelings win over ratio and facts nearly every time, hands down. And our intuition is almost always right.
From time immemorial, and not just in my book, the destiny of this planet and its inhabitants was and is to excel in the philosophical and spiritual spheres of ethical values and principles, thus beating all nether forms of a less civilized existence by an eon, or two. And then take it from there.
Still, are we heading there? Were we, ever? Well, for quite sometime now, not really, no. Sorry.
So, what's humanity's real purpose on Earth then?
Let me begin with what definitely isn't humanity's purpose: that we continue to believe ourselves to be in total charge, as masters of crowning glory, if not the owners of this gem of a planet.
Time for a Reality Check
Streams of migration to Europe and the US have seen so far are nothing but a light taste of the poverty-caused need to move somewhere else to survive or to succeed. The ultimate social mobility.
The population of Africa alone is expected to double by 2050.
And the real march for Europe begins long before that.
And why not?
I know I would.
Because this World belongs to us all, not just the few.
If it was okay for the Spanish conquistadores to conquer new worlds (i.e. rich sources of fresh income)?
And if it was okay for many more European kingdoms to seek power and property in the now United States of America, Canada, and Australia? They just went, or sent people there.
Then, it's also okay for everybody else today to try and go where opportunities and less hardship beckon. Where they, and the ones they love, might have a shot at living a life worth living. Seeking the ultimate social justice.
So now, what a great many in the spheres of Western powers seem to want is for the disadvantaged, different and poor to stay right where they are. As our cheap labor force and our consumers, and as buyers of our weapons instead of us getting invested, there and then, in boosting their countries to a higher level beyond mere existence. We need to embrace ultimate social equality.
All else is not going to work. We will be too many, hence, we must reach a state of tolerance and shared opportuniy at some point in not to far away time.
Because, we will also be far too many ready to go at each other's throats - remember the darker aspects - if we ignore the signs to get up and act. Failure to do so will send humanity and our planet to the edge. If not over. And out.
And this is where destiny comes in. Rearranging the stakes. Setting things right, if we're refusing to change.
Did you know that two of the many exciting synonyms for destiny are necessity and doom?
Is doom necessarily humanity's future?
No, because the resilience of humanity has been notable; it's growth even more so. Despite, or maybe because of, the several disasters, depressions, and setbacks in human history, our species has proven to be virtually indestructible. We have seemingly been recovering and growing even more rapidly despite every delay, thus leading one to believe we are genuinely a specially selected breed destined to dominate and control the Earth…and maybe even beyond our planet.
In the same vein, let us consider the advancements and achievements humanity has made. Technology is at a level of progress which has never been seen before. Scientists are finding cures to diseases which once ravaged humanity. Healthcare is at its best yet, and people in the Western World live longer and healthier lives than ever before.
The United Nations Organisation just stated that the current world population is 7.6 billion people, and it is expected to hit 9.8 billion by 2050 and 11.2 billion by 2100. With this increasing population, each passing day, there are more people on the face of the Earth than ever before, and the human race has to be held accountable for their children and their offspring.
However, fear, sprayed far and wide, is no fit inspiration for sustainable change on all levels. And negativity neither.
So, what is our destiny as the human race then?
Despite the belief that destiny is an inevitable end to a course of events, we must realize every moment has a parallel or alternate occurrence.
Sometimes, there are more than two alternative events.
Sometimes there are several options, and they are all brought about by the choices we make and the journeys we undertake either as individuals or collectively as a group.
I believe the human race has three destinations of choice:
an utopian future - highly unlikely
a dystopian fate - hopefully not
and then there is the agency of destiny option, the most realistic one, the one to steer us clear of the abyss.
These three destinations are offered to us, they are our cards, our rolling dice. They would be brought about by the choices the human race subscribes to. Not just destiny.
So no excuses there. If we fail, we won’t be able to blame it on bad destiny, just ourselves.
Destiny exists, as a valid concept, the factors of options and choice determine the eventual outcome of the story, risking to be assigned to our far stricter division, if humanity neglects to choose wisely.
Destiny, and especially our loveliest division, Fortune, does not fall into humanity’s lap irrespective of actions or inactions. Negatory.
With all this being said, the human race indeed really has two truly realistic options as far as our collective destiny goes:
World Concord or Human Extinction.
So let us look at those options and the paths leading to them.
Let us start with the bad news.
The Possible Extinction of the Human Race
Hit the Web, turn on your TV or tune in to any of the established or alternative news networks, and you are bound to be inundated with waves of gloomy news at one point or the other. If it's not some war going on in the Middle East, it's some terrorist attack unfolding in Europe or some hate shooting in peaceful religious gatherings in New Zealand and Sri Lanka and or horrid, racially motivated shootings in United States.
There is a fresh collision course with Iran, or rather vice versa? The Mullah regime could do with a few outside threats to pour oil (excuse the pun) on their rising inner political issues. Many Iranians want to see the joyless and backward Mullah regime gone. Why? They long for freedom, they want to escape rising poverty and, very importantly, they feel the need to embrace our tantalizingly beckoning Western lifestyle and products. So the Trump administration may just be on a very interesting warpath here, next to stirring the world economy with punitive tariffs.
But back to the, often far too horrible, so gloomy mood, we can sense. Of course, we may argue that we are now more aware of almost everything because of the speed of information dissemination brought on by advancements in information technology and the media, and, that evil has always been with us. And that we're now just seeing it under the loupe function of our iPhones.
This argument would be a valid one, no doubt. But, there is no denying the fact that something has eventually got to give if nothing is done. Also, with the earlier stated growth in world population in the offing, violence is bound to increase.
Yet, the main problems lie dormant in our very souls.
Sadly, tragically valid then and, again, today.
But Humanity does not deserve this, right?
Aside from the self-inflicted violence of the human race, humanity is also behaving in a way that can be likened to cancer growing on the Earth. Our habits are in a lot of cases harmful to the planet. We cut down trees without replanting them, we drive vehicles and use machines which emit gases that are detrimental to the health of the atmosphere (global warming is a clear consequence of this). We hunt and kill animals until they are endangered and in some cases, become extinct.
We pollute, and we destroy. And we are bloody selfish.
Granted, a lot of these things we do aren't done with the explicit intentions to harm the Earth, but we must not claim ignorance when it comes to a subject this crucial topic. If we continue to show a lack of consciousness towards the Earth's health, we are bound to plummet towards definite extinction.
World Concord, hopefully.
This outcome is what most of us, if not all of us, pray for and hope to receive. The vision is that at one point in time, the World will rise above conflict, the fighting and wars will stop, hate and religiously motivated crimes will be a thing of the past; world hunger will be eradicated, and poverty brought to levels of non-existence.
A perfect society is entirely achievable on Earth. To attain this goal, residents of the World must initiate a paradigm shift in the way we coexist, the way we treat other humans, and the way we treat animals and Mother Earth.
We must begin to address other humans based on the premise that they are humans first before they are black or Asian or white. We must take care of the environment by planting trees and protecting animals. We must eschew ethnic prejudice and religious and political bigotry.
We must drop societal segregations—indeed, all societal separations are unnecessary. Peoples and world leaders must unite under a common goal to put an end to conflicts that plague the World, instead of fighting political, ideological, or religious wars at every turn.
In this Utopian society, there would be an end to the ailments of the World. Seeing as it was us who inflicted these injuries, we must, therefore, fix them.
Would we, though?
Global warming/heating, for example; imagine being able to fix this by the World going completely green, getting energy from clean sources like hydroelectric, wind, geothermal, and solar power only. The Earth gave us fossil fuels, but she also offers cleaner energy sources as well, and it would be prudent to subscribe to clean energy if we want to secure a prosperous future for the human race.
Can we pull it off?
Finally, in this outcome of things, we would see a serious limitations to violence, poverty, and hunger. We would take care of each other, everybody would have a place to live and three meals a day. There would be no need to amass excessive if nor perverse riches or feel compelled to be a slave to the desire for it because we would have all we need. And harmonic ideals to realize.
Regardless of all the negatives, humanity theoretically deserves a fortunate vision, right?
I, like more and more others, subscribe to, and advocate for the second option, and, several world leaders appear to have begun to follow that way of feeling and thinking as well.
Plus, moves are in some cases being made to steer the World right on course to achieve concord and harmony.
We may still have a long way to go as yet, but we are definitely on our way!
Shall we be sweet or honest here?
Does the above scenario sound realistic to you? Sadly, it's wishful thinking at its best. Because we're dealing with too many vested interests and too much greed. And complacency.
So, let's look at the third, the realistic option, shall us?
Simple: Go Get It Done!
This third option, or agency of destiny, as I call it, simply consists of sincerely and meaningfully targeting the ideal of world harmony like a boss, trying to get as far and as much of it as ever possible. Pushing through with an undogmatic and, yes, why not Omnist mindset?
And for the duration of this great endeavor, it may work best we embrace Omnism while we're up and running anyway. Get the job done according to the realistic yet non-doctrinal plan.
Humanity may never change completely. Still, if we overcome selfishness, we can still carry the stuff of wonders into a certain future. Still, we can get on the way by being inspired by a forceful yet emphatic necessity.
Get it on and get it done! Or get out.
That's how we'll inject realism in this seemingly unreachable vision. And the movement towards it would be the coming together as one humanity united by shared intrinsic values.
One focus. One mind. United.
Destiny, as per definition, is the inevitable journey and end to the story of a thing, a person or an entity; but to indeed shape and fulfill destiny, we must understand, accept and be action awareness of what is humanity’s destiny.
The Destiny of this Earth is concord, but that will only come to pass if we make it so. We’ve got the plan, we’ve got the goal, all we need to do is go there.
And thus, in the end, our fate, our future indeed would be in our own hands.
Because the true Destiny of our World is to prevail in an all-encompassing way, open-minded and open-hearted, in harmony, as it was spoken for this solitaire, this jewel of the cosmos.
So there is hope.
We can get there, if we action
our realistic abilities to change this World for the better,
the ancient plan that has evolved into modern Agency of Destiny,
and through confluence of the two super powers: humanity in concert with destiny - the ultimate double helix.