A New Human Ecology  - ... on the quick

When I was younger, we commonly took "Civics" courses in elementary school. They described the society we lived in and the civic responsibilities of each person. A nation is a system of organization. It is a software based machine that needs operators and maintenance. That software is an agreement defined by laws in a Constitution. It was explained that as citizens of a nation of laws there were reciprocal responsibilities between the government and the citizen. One of the primary responsibilities was that being a democracy, it was the responsibility of the citizens to be informed and to participate in the government, at least by voting but hopefully even more. It is what made a nation and society work. This is a knowledge that the citizens of a nation need to maintain the nation and keep it healthy.

I usually don't write much about what I think of the future. My examination of it when writing my first book in the Aspirations chapter suggested there weren't a lot of limits to what was possible. We could eventually become something that ancient peoples would certainly call a God. I'm not particularly interested in that though. I'll leave that to the Futurists and Trans-Humanists. I'm just trying to describe a new safe place where we humans can survive, be comfortable and develop. It needs to be familiar or we won't like it or protect it. This is a consideration of what that might be like based on using genetic husbandry as well as other expected developments in technology, automation, science, and philosophy. I know science pretty well and I'm leaving out the science that looks like magic. I don't think we need much of that kind of science to create what I think we need to survive. This is about advanced resource and energy production technology. This is about automation removing drudgery. This is about automation causing boredom. This is about the wisdom to know what to do about boredom. This is about healthy humans that universally pretty much excellent health, beauty and brains as well as wisdom, motivation and survival instinct.  

The reason they always write anti-utopian novels after utopian novels is because the utopian novel is always about solving social probles and solving problems just reveals what the next set of problems is. Those are what the anti-utopian novels are about. The problems that then remain or are created. That is what this trys to avoid by looking ahead and at the end of the problems, after technology solves the resource problems and then genetic technology gives everyone good health, beauty and brains, the remaining problem is the moral one. If we can solve that and I think we can or I wouldn't be writing about strategy, then a world we like can exist. It's not about the land of the lotus eaters. It's more complicated than that because humans are evolved for challenges. Lotus eaters tend not to be smart or even reproduce. If we want to survive long term, we need to make a civilization that teaches a morality that is based on our various survival instincts and human knowledge that promotes self development and that offers challenges to test the remarkable humans we will be.

Through this whole story of Transition, I have emphasized that our survival is dependant on our civilization and that is dependant on our moral strategy. It is actually very similar to a nation. Both are created by human thought and planning. Both must be maintained and nurtured. This is quite feasible though. We have instincts that promote this. It is what gave the authority to religion. Its function was to husband and teach morality. Almost all secular and civic organizations do the same thing, because traditionally and instinctively we know the importance of our moral foundation. Consider the Elks Club or 4H or the Masons or the Scouts. All of them have moral education and rules as a foundation. A moral system designed to be understood instead of just learned, combined with a conscious knowledge of survival and moral instincts should be enough to maintain a civilization. Especially if the good men and women working to preserve their world also know of the dangers to it.