Designing the World’s Future

Into the FutureJan Hearthstone writes; Today,
the future of most of the people, and indeed the future of the whole
world, is decided by only a few, who, in most cases, do not even
represent anybody else, but themselves and their groups. Thus no matter
what most people’s wishes that would regard their future might be,
those wishes are doomed to non-realization for a lack of representation
and consideration by those who actually do influence the course of
future events. This
unsatisfactory state of affairs could be remedied by creating a model
of an ideal Earth, accessible and inputtable by virtually anyone who
could use a computer, in which all the various ideas and wishes that
the people participating in contributing to maintaining of such a model
might have about their futures would be synchronized with all the
knowledge that we have about the Earth and of social processes. This
model would be continuously and dynamically being created by people at
the “grass root” level, and thus would actually represent the combined
and synchronized wished for futures of all of the participants, rather
than what a possible haphazard design of what only a few might want
would be. Most
disputes and problems that occur in this world today are solved (if
they ever do get solved at all) unsatisfactorily, because in most cases
the parties involved have different ideas about what their mutual
coexistence in the future should be, and have very limited chances for
resolving differences constructively, because, in most cases, the
negotiating process is conducted by power entities who might not really
wish for a satisfactory outcome that could even be contrary to their
partisan interests. Sadly enough, that a war is good for business still
holds true, – big business benefits by wars, people who are busy with
fighting each other are easier to exploit. Therefore it is easy to
reason that big business that drives our present day globally dominant
culture is not really interested in making peace; the suspicion could
be held easily that the opposite is true. (12/24/04)
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