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Three prophecies for human progress are seriously proposed around the world.
Prophecy 1: Robots take over
Ever since Orwell’s “Big Brother” in his book 1984 we see robotics taking over our lives. We are being “served” by all kind of institutions that supply us all our needs in a virtual reality called consumer economics. The only way we can get the robots to provide us wellness and luxury is by putting money into their systems. The money we need is managed by banks and governments and provided against a debt. This individual debt can be settled by serving the functioning of the robots. The servant institutions are being managed by people who have become experts in getting these robots to earn as much money as possible.
Automated facilities surround us increasingly and technology even goes further every day. One of the argument is that we have such a large global human population now that we need automated processes to keep us going. From a consumer economic point of view the more fragmentation occurs in robotizing our needs, through artificial and money based robot intelligence, the more growth the economy shows. The analysts look for ways to keep us connected to the system by innovating the financial debt system through dependencies that already mortgage our lives for decades. Even money itself is a virtual system that is given virtual values through manipulation and speculation. Material scientists, economists, politicians, bankers, etc rule this world. Food, medicine housing, clothes, energy, etc forcefully (by law) need to be purchased. Governments give human health credits to financially based virtual systems. They defend it with strong arguments backed by the growing populations in city environments, attracted by this servant environment of perceived securities. These cities are concentration points for economics with the related robotics, as we can observe by analyzing city dynamics and human mobility. And humankind loves it. In a way we only have to worry about having enough cash. Everything else has been taken care of by the money driven robots providing us with a sense of abundance all the time. People have never lived as long before as they do now and we have never had such a wide selection of goods to choose from at the distance of the closest shop.
Prophecy 2: Sustainocracy
This prophecy is of course the one I incline to, even though I supported and worked for a long time in the “prophecy 1” system of consumer economics. However when I had to make a profound choice between the safety of my children and my executive career I became aware that money and robots cannot solve everything. Heath and safety are responsibilities that cannot be substitute by a coin slot machine. There are certain things that I have to take care of myself. When I wrote the blog “the universe and me” I realized that I AM the universe. From a molecular point of view I am the same and life has gotten into those molecules for God knows what reason. The only difference between my garden and I is that I am a conscious being that can walk, talk and think about it. When my surroundings gets polluted I get polluted. So when I realized that my key responsibilities are health and safety, I understood that robots can help me but cannot BE me. So from an evolutionary point of view I remain dominant and robots are servant, even if they are large and powerful, institutionalized and rationalized in our world. A human being is not just a compulsory, lazy, all consuming service and tax number. I am inclined to believe that we are a bit more than that, even though I understand perfectly well the mechanism of risk and fear avoidance by surrounding ourselves with luxury and services.
The human being is a purpose driven evolutionary miracle of a certain physical, emotional, spiritual and intellectual complexity. We have become aware of that and realize that our health and sustainable progress is much more delicate than an insurance policy for healthcare. One out of three persons has cancer, many people die prematurely of lung and heart problems, behavior is altered due to environmental unbalance etc. It has become clear that our health has to do with the health balance with our natural surroundings. Else we become sick and disappear, not just as an individual but also as humankind. The global pollution is not just leaving behind a footprint on the face of the Earth that future scientists and archaeologists can explore as Anthropocene, it is also leaving a footprint in our own genetic DNA. Our genes reflect for generations to come our irresponsibility causing people to be genetically coded already for all kinds of deceases. That is the reaction of nature to our robotics and we are becoming aware of it. We expelled nature, our universe, from our lives and surrounded us with a virtual world of simulated wealth. We have forgotten that we ARE nature and need that to prosper in a sustainable way. If we eliminate nature we eventually eliminate ourselves and nature remains.
So when we refer to heath and safety we refer to taking one own responsibilities as a living species of the universe. If I am so responsible then I should behave that way and I do. That’s how Sustainocracy got alive because now more and more people realize that we cannot leave such key issues of life to instruments. The instruments need human hands which are preferable guided by standards of universal ethics rather than economic standards. In Sustainocracy applied wisdom and universal awareness through consciousness (open awakened mind) rules.
Prophecy 3: Death and destruction
The third prophecy has been made known in 1972 by the Club of Rome, in 1990 by the Club of Budapest and in 2000 by the Earth Charter. They all agree that if we continue our human system of over-consumption, pollution and destruction of natural resources, three out of four human beings will die by starvation, war, chaos and crises by 2050.
Again I agree on this prophecy just like I agree on the first one of robotics. The third is the consequence of the first. It has happened so often before in history. The Mayas or the Roman Empire for instance. They lost their powers due to blindness to their surroundings and speculation as a matter of fact. When you neglect the human being and the universe you will be overruled by both.
The second prophecy is an odd one out because it skips the traditional path through renaissance, the era of enlightening that follows periods of chaos. But as said before human evolution is about applying knowledge and conscious awareness, not just the imposition of greed. History has shown us how disastrous the consequences are for humankind when greed dominates common sense and universal ethics. So Sustainocracy does not skip renaissance, it just places it in perspective with systems of greed, inviting the human robotics to become sustainable themselves by accepting universal ethics and co-creation as a guiding factor. It addresses the sense of human responsibility and global awareness of those who carry responsibility and authority. Their own position of power is in jeopardy if the do not go through their own enlightenment, producing a personal renaissance before the systems do. We need to allow complex co-creation to allow our greed to renew itself too. They then use their position of authority to make the difference.
The model I use for the translation of abstract ideology and practical understanding through awareness, is a result of divine inspiration. The human complexities that I have drawn up, including the historic processes of trial and error in our human evolution, can show the prophecies in the picture.