I’ve been spending a lot of time lately at the hospital. Hours with not a lot to do but love the patient, Sudoko, and try out some thought experiments. Oh yes, and people watching too – which with the possible exception of bird watching is the best pastime of all.
Mostly, I wonder where our culture is going. I recently read Radical Evolution by Joel Garreau. I recommend it to you. He sets out three scenarios that could result as the accelerating rate of technological invention and mass consumerism cranks humanity up this incredible curve of change that we all sit on.
- Heaven: over the next 40-50 years, humanity (or some of it) changes (evolves, engineers itself) into something different, a new species perhaps.
- Hell: through continued acts of collective gross stupidity, we (and a whole lot else) come to a brutal, catastrophic end.
- Prevail: the future is rocky but, as in the past, mankind muddles through as ordinary people facing overwhelming difficulties rise to the occasion.
What do you think? And what are you doing to prepare and help your kids deal with the many toxic aspects of human culture?