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The cool part about being here is that we effect our environment as much as our environment affects us. In many ways, we set things up by the ways we
We don't know how to account for choice in the matter, but we know that choice has an effect on the world around us.
We don't want to be alone.
Regardless of whether or not anything exists beyond this world, we are here, and, for all intents and purposes, no matter how much we can try to
remind ourselves of all of the differences between us, we are all born, and all die, equal.
It is the dance in the middle that differentiates us, and even then we often pay too much attention to /how/ it differentiates us rather than what we
can learn from the differentiation.
We already have a hive mind, and we don't quite understand how it works. People try to play games with it, to convince one section that another
somehow thinks differently than it does, but we are all the same.
It is a difficult realization in its entirety - that, for better or worse, there is not so much that's really different between us.
We would love to have a "God" between and above us - heck, it's the reason we've let the financial industry get as large and disgusting as it is -
for a time, we believed that the settlement between different cultures /alone/ WAS the "God."
We're getting there. This is a hard realization for people. The lesson is not going to be without cost, but the cost may not necessarily be in
blood and tears.
Eventually we're going to realize that, even if we're not actually alone, we need to cooperate as if we are, because there's no tempting that which
will not reveal itself to us.
That would be the world's largest game of chicken, unfortunately.
Technology is going to help us get there if we are willing to find ways to offset the consequential problems that happen as a result of the
A whole generation doesn't know what to do because they can't proceed, and another generation doesn't know what to do because what they foresee
does not yet (and may not yet) exist.
This is a good chunk of what we have to resolve.