|Bracing against the wind|
Wednesday, October 06, 2004
Universally, tradition was viewed as more important than new ideas, and ritual more important than creativity.
The frightening thing about the current global political situation is that we have a single dominant world power - the USA. Just like the emperor of Japan, we will allow other countries to maintain sovereignty - but we will not allow them to violate their own borders (wage war upon each other). Just like the Native Americans, the United States will begin exalt ritual and tradition and suppress innovation and creativity.
Is there any way out of this political and social box?
Transhumanism is the answer. Even in island cultures, personal excellence and personal growth were encouraged. Transhumanism allows for personal growth beyond the confines of our current physical form.
I suspect that there is a race going on. If the technologies that enable transhumanism take hold before technological innovation calcifies, it will allow the human race to continue to mature without the end of innovation. If not, then we may see a very large and ritualized society under the control of conservative regimes that use social and political manipulation to remain "on top" - of an unchanging and stagnating planet.
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