What is in our future, as a human species?
To begin answering this question, we must first ask ourselves "What have we lost?"As a society, I would list these as casualties within the last decade:1. Compassion2. Empathy3. Good will4. Common Courtesy5. Personal Accountability6. Responsibility7. Our connection to all other life forms on the planet. (This one has been happening since before the Industrial Revolution.)
Bearing this in mind, the answer to the first question, "What is in our future, as a human species?" makes me somewhat grateful to be pushing 50. But I don’t think that is quite old enough to escape the horrors that await us. We have, most of us, heard of global warming. We all comment on the strange weather patterns, the super disasters we have experienced around the globe in more and more frequent pangs of death and warning, and yet what are we doing about it? What CAN we do about it?
Many fine authors, far more skilled than I, have visited this question in many venues. My favorite is in science fiction, where the author takes what is already happening to an extreme, to paint a picture of where it will go if it is missing a vital ingredient.
My favorite way to sum it all up, comes from what would be considered by many to now be an "old" movie. Trust me, it’s not old at all. In fact, in the human span of things, it’s barely become. But we are racing too fast, headlong into our own doom. Listen to the wisdom of these words and ponder their meaning in your life:
"If a machine, a Terminator, can learn the value of human life …
… maybe we can too."
–Sarah Connor, Terminator 2, Judgement Day
Human life is more valuable and precious than all the gold, all the gems, all the money in the entire world. Because, without human life, there is absolutely no meaning to, or even use for, "money". And without human values, the machines (computers) we build will never have built in safeties for anything … but themselves.
Update your Anti-Virus program, make sure you have a good sturdy firewall, but try to remember that the best security you can have is not in software or hardware, it’s not even inside your head: it’s in your chest, where your heart is. Find your heart again, and teach others to do the same, and we may yet escape this doom we have pre-constructed for ourselves in order to fend off the propaganda-created fear we now live in. We are more than vengeance. We are more than retribution. We are HUMAN. We have the ability to transcend.
If we will only try.
And teach our children that the most important thing in the world is not them, it is US.