a reply to: AlienView
The philosophy of the future...
I think the way that philosophy evolves over the period between now, and some unspecified point in the future, will have an awful lot to do with how
the human race arrives in the future, what happens between the factual now, and the notional then.
Maybe war of a scale beyond our current comprehension, will spawn an overwhelming desire for peace. Perhaps massive efforts toward peace, will
present the circumstances necessary to cause even greater conflict. Perhaps greed will spawn charity, or generosity will lead to more greed, and vast
lack of empathy may one day lead to contrasting increases in the level of compassion shown by mankind toward its members, or perhaps things will slide
the other way.
There are so many things playing into the possible outcomes for philosophy, that it is nearly ludicrous to think in such terms, before arriving at
I say nearly ludicrous, because as impossible as it is to say with any confidence, how our philosophical structures will look in say, a thousand
years, it is reasonable to state the things we would hope for.
I would hope that traveling to the other solid bodies in our solar system, colonising them, and turning our attention outward further still, will
give the peoples of the future human race a number of advantages over today's humans. I would hope that the expansion to other worlds will spread us
out, so that we value connection with others more, and seek always to positively interact with one another, and minimise frictions between individuals
and demographics alike.
I would hope also, that the natural human need for exploration, will override its territorial nature, and allow mankind to unite in the purpose of
leaving our solar system and investigating first hand, the wonderful objects we see in our night sky. Further to that, I would hope that pioneering
our way to colonising the solar system, and reaching beyond, will use up the energy that human beings tend to use in this era, to kill one another.
Another thing I am hoping for, is that mankind steps out of the solar system with an observer mentality, rather than with the crusader mentality.
However, there is a long way to go between now and then, and things at the moment look decidedly dicey. In essence, philosophy is shaped by events,
as much as events are shaped by philosophy, and getting a good read on how the dice fall with regard to which of these will sculpt the other more is a
pipe dream and little else, because none among us know enough about what might happen tomorrow, let alone in one thousand years.