THE HUMAN FUTURE
"The Human Future" ("THF") exists for
the purpose of creating the best possible human future. The most illustrative
and enlightened descriptor of "best possible" offered to date is "most moral". Morality subsumes the most noble and divine
human attributes which include awareness, conscience, perceptivity, reason, and will.
THF is limited by the following inception conditions:
1. THF is non-profit, non-political, and secular.
2. THF a primarily a collection of ideas, goals, processes, and purposes.
3. THF's primary methods are training, facilitating, and creating.
4. All humans shall have equal access to THF's structures and methods
upon equal and uniform assessment
The Human Future will be determined by a very small minority of the human populace. This minority will not be
politically, religiously, or economically motivated, unless we fail to create a suitable minority of moral protagonists. THF
offers a process which enables people to become moral protagonists. The task at hand is to locate, motivate, and lead those
individuals in the attainment of a higher moral state.
Higher moral states are characterized by enhanced
decision making and more will towards purpose. Thus, individuals who attain higher moral states must instruct, inculcate,
direct, guide, and provoke others in moral transition.
The greatest challenge in this task is overcoming
the endemic cultural and systemic genetic weakness of the species.
Our genetic weaknesses are derived from necessary
biological adaptations which were necessary for our survival. Lasciviousness, greed, anger, and indolence are prime examples
of systemic genetic faults. These are reflected in and expanded by numerous generalized cultural faults, such as hatred, nationalism,
bigotry, sexism, selfishness, covetousness, arrogance, and insensitivity. To overcome these faults, we must focus the will
which results from our natural morality towards reducing their effects and enhancing our opposing positive attributes.
We have many genetic and cultural strengths which
serve to counteract and occasionally supersede our weaknesses. Our innate intelligence, perception, reasoning, moral sense,
and will MAY overcome the most pervasive negative characteristics. Social structures may serve to enhance and reinforce our
strengths by contributing values and beliefs which support desirable outcomes, by teaching methods and approaches which produce
desired outcomes, and by providing opportunities and resources which maximize individual potential. The degree to which a
culture expects and reinforces moral behavior determines the extent to which it is produced.
Instead of burdening ourselves with the woes of contemporary
cultures which have little, if any, moral basis, we must focus on individual morality until a sufficient core of moral protagonists
is developed. As the process may restart with any one moral protagonist, it is virtually unstoppable. Even as the structure
grows, each and every protagonist remains autonomous. The result is analogous to a starfish which grows whole new organisms
if cut into pieces. In time, a new morality based culture will unfold.
This culture will be built upon a foundation of truth,
reason, and purpose with the underlying expectation that all its constituents choose and behave morally. The greatest measure
of success for this culture will be its collective ability to judge morality and to generate will towards purpose. Its purpose
will be to maximize human creativity, awareness of truth, and opportunity to mature morally.
It is both unnecessary and vain to deal with the
specifics of a more moral culture. We must increase our own morality in order to have a clearer vision of this new culture
and we must enhance our own creativity before we will be able to engineer and manage its implementation. No matter what angle
we view the future from, its creation begins with each of us NOW.
The THF process is a sub-set of the "Moral Transformation"
process originally designed by Rich Van Winkle. It was developed in parallel with the "Creative Transformation" process of
John David Garcia. Both have roots in the "Omega Transformation" process defined by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. It is a cyclical
reintegration and expansion of intrinsic human moral elements; perception, awareness, conscience, consciousness, reason, and
will and a social reinforcement structure advancing ethical methods, noble values and beliefs, and emotional control. The
process is not demanding intellectually, has no "rituals", and few prerequisites. If completed, the process will ALWAYS fulfill
its purpose. The major barrier to completion is adequate commitment to morality (esp. the whole truth).
In order to assure that the human future moves towards worthier results we must assume responsibility for creating
physical, biological, social, and spiritual structures which provide maximum opportunity for individual and collective growth
while minimizing the potential for destructiveness.
The process by which we create these structures integrates
the most positive human attributes with a clearly articulated unifying purpose. Using the most evolved methods and strategies
available and new ones which must be created, humans must cooperate synergistically with each other and symbiotically with
all life in the ecosystem.
The holistic human concept of perfection may serve
as a beacon towards the most enlightening purpose. The grandest goal is to create a universe better than the one created for
us. The measures for success are ordered and interwoven...
To maximize creative potential and outcome
To maximize truth
To maximize beauty and inspiration
To maximize joy and justice
As structures and systems are created with the intent
of fulfilling human purpose, we must use our perceptual abilities and extensions thereof to determine actuality or objectiveness.
Reasoning must serve to compare our results with our expectations and to ascertain required alterations (feedback).
This treatise will specify one of many possible paths
towards a more survivable and more purposeful human future. This path was derived by examining, evaluating, and extending
evolutionary outcomes in order to establish the purpose of human existence and the means to fulfill it. No attempt to defend
or support this process is included as such has been done in prior works. My hope is that the truth of this will be obvious
to many, intuitively correct to all, and accepted by enough.
Evolution: Evolution is the primary manifestation of ultimate
creation (Godliness) in our universe. The human species is the local culmination of the creative effects of evolution. It
is this effect which causes localized short term exception to the second law of thermodynamics (entropy must prevail). In
essence, the result of this effect is the sacrifice of long term local (our solar system?) energy towards short term (a billion
years?) advancement of ordered complexity.
The human species has achieved two or more quantum
levels of ordered complexity above other beings in its surroundings. The tremendous price in ecological damage and risk is
compensated for in the fantastic creative potential which has resulted. Given the exponential increase in damage and risk,
the time available for recursion may be very short (.1-10,000 years?). The human future depends upon human creative intervention
in the evolutionary process.
Human creativity is the natural extension of those
forces and features which we are able to predict and control. However, unless such creativity is directed towards survival
and growth, we will stagnate and die. We are capable of creating our own future and indeed, we must. The forces which oppose
evolution (entropy) increase concurrently with quantum evolutionary change and require increasing intelligent will to control.
Failure to extend adequate control of those forces could easily result in catastrophic evolutionary consequences. (Such as
the extinction of a species?)
Evolution is most easily measured as the increase
in ordered complexity within any system. "Ordered", thus used, implies function towards purpose. To gauge orderedness, we
must identify the purpose of ordering and relate the outcome of the orderedness to the fulfillment of purpose. If we can reproduce
and verify the perceived relation through instrumentation, we have "objectified" the relationship. If we believe that the
relation exists because of intuition or reason, then it is a "subjective" relationship.
(The scientific process serves to objectify subjective
relationships. It is not the only process which does such, and because our instrumentation limits its application, it is not
As we identify and extend the primary outcomes of
evolution, we may summarize the progression as follows...
Creation>>> Energy>>> Matter>>> Molecular Systems>>>
Thought>>> Moral Thought>>> Moral Behavior>>> Creation
Within the scope of our awareness (objective and
subjective) the greatest creative act and outcome is the universe. Because the creation of another universe with the same
cyclical progression identified above starts a new "loop", the process may be described as reproductive and continuous. At
the current state of human awareness, such an act seems incredibly complex and powerful (rather like a nuclear bomb might
seem to a Roman of 200 B.C.)
Evolution will yield beings capable of grasping and
controlling evolution. This is necessary because a threshold or barrier exists in the evolution/entropy continuum which prevents
"natural" evolution from progressing without conscious willful intervention. Unfortunately, the very process which produces
conscious willful beings inherently produces tangential effects which compound the odds against their success. There may even
be intrinsic processes (like cortical rejection) which only allow one type of conscious willful being in any ecosystem and
only one opportunity for "transformation" to a secure evolutionary level.
Transformation processes occur at determinate levels
in the evolutionary continuum. Once energy reaches a determinate level of ordered complexity, matter appears. Once matter
reaches a determinate level, molecular systems (i.e. crystals) appear; molecular systems produce life, life produces thought,
and thought produces awareness of awareness. An adequate level of ordered complexity in awareness of awareness produces moral
awareness which may yield moral behavior. Each of these transformations occur as an intrinsic result of the "natural" increase
in ordered complexity which is caused by evolutionary pressure.
The human future is dependent upon the accomplishment
of the next transformation process prior to the "accidental" destruction of its supporting structures, the ecosystem and moral
awareness. We now understand the process of transformation and its prerequisites. We have the potential to create this revolutionary
evolutionary event, if we choose to do such.
To grasp the meaning of entropy, it is useful to
consider one of its most observable and pervasive manifestations, death. We know and understand death. We fear it, we regret
it, and we welcome it. For without death, none of us would exist or could exist. Entropy is as critical to evolution as death
is to life.
The transition to chaos parallels the transition
to orderedness. The difference is simple, entropy always prevails on the larger scale over the longer time span. Evolutionary
success is a temporary localized condition. The future is determined by the continuous interaction of evolutionary and entropic
"forces" as characterized by the natural forces and features which we study in physics and biology. Given no other factors,
the short term destiny of any system is rather predictable.
As evolution succeeds in establishing its small short
term transformations, dramatic changes in "destiny" occur. By the time evolution achieves beings who are aware of evolution,
direct intervention in destiny is possible and common. Human "will" circumvents natural forces and causes an instability and
unpredictability in the "natural" order of the ecosystem. Unless human will supports the expansion of ordered complexity in
conjunction with natural evolutionary forces, great damage is likely.
Currently, on the whole, the human species is not
supporting evolution. In the balance of human good and human destruction, entropy is "winning". Unless we expand and extend
our potential to do "good", we will consume our opportunity to achieve the level of awareness required to fulfill our destiny.
As we increase our technical skills without directing the result towards moral purpose, we simply accelerate our destructiveness.
We rely on our technology to correct destruction (or risk of destruction) caused by our misdirected technology; a cycle which
can only lead to ultimate disaster.
(This should not imply that technology is to blame
or is inherently destructive. Technology is a needed extension of human potential, IF directed towards moral ends.)
To move in harmony with natural evolution, we must
understand and compensate for the effects of entropy.
Will: As evolutionary transformations occur, a primary result is "will". Will is generally understood subjectively,
but has totally eluded objectification. Will occurs during each quantum transformation described before. The most apparent
- Will to coalesce
Molecular Systems - Will to reproduce
Systems>>> Life - Will to survive
Thought - Will to sacrifice
Reflective Thought - Will to advance
Thought>>> Moral Thought - Will to create
Each advancement in type of will also produces quantum
changes in levels of available will. Humans manifest each of the above types of will to various levels. We demonstrate our
will to sacrifice in our investment of time, energy, and resources in our children and fellow humans. We demonstrate our will
to advance in the investment of time, energy, and resources in "pure research" which offers no immediate tangible outcome.
We demonstrate our will to create in the time, energy, and resources we invest in the creation of structures and systems which
produce moral outcomes (actually very rare).
Our ability to grasp future possibilities and the
natural forces and features which cause future events or circumstance, gives us the awareness of our own ability to alter
the future. All humans constantly will short term insignificant events into reality (esp. our own behavior). Sometimes, we
are effective at willing behavior which causes longer term significant events. Those who approach or transcend the threshold
of moral thought have access to far more effective will and greater amounts of will to cause long term significant events.
This does not mean that those individuals utilize that will.
The rudimentary function of human "mind" is the creation
and focusing of will. The essential evolutionary adaptation is to focus that will on worthwhile purpose. Individual and cultural
flaws (resulting from entropic forces) greatly diminish access to and focusing of will while distorting recognition of purpose.
Unless we succeed in removing those flaws, we will destroy our potential to create a more moral future, thus reducing our
ability to identify and remove individual and cultural flaws. This powerful and prevalent "spiral" is clearly evident and
Structures: To break free from the pull of this entropic spiral and assure that the human future moves towards worthier outcomes,
we must create or improve structures which provide opportunity for individual
growth. These structures range from thinking processes to governments. While creating these new structures, we must minimize
the potential which many current structures have for destructiveness. The task is neither simple or easy, although every requirement
is well within current human potential and experience.
The starting point is within the individual. The
quality of the structures we create is limited by the quality of the individuals who design and operate them. The starting
point for the human future is within the individual (no surprise there!). Those who are capable of designing and operating
structures which contribute to individual growth of moral potential MUST do so immediately and invest time, energy, and resources
in their completion and expansion. Those who wish to participate in the human future must join with others of similar mind
and purpose to improve their internal structures while more capable supporting structures are developed.
The supporting structures have existed for many years
(books, libraries, schools, etc.) will only fulfill the desired purpose when the individual is capable of utilizing them correctly.
Unfortunately, there are no current structures which teach humans how to best utilize available resources for moral gain.
The needed individual structures have long been acknowledged as the most positive human attributes (by the Greeks over 2000
years ago and during the Renaissance). They include reasoning and logic, communication, perception, self discipline, emotional
control, and awareness enhancement. In developing most of these attributes, the eastern religions are far more advanced than
Methods: The process of creating the human future begins with a clearly articulated unifying purpose. It is not necessary
that the whole of humanity begin with such purpose, but it is possible and desirable. The immediate need is for cooperative
groups to accept a single omnipotent purpose which lies directly in line with the evolutionary path (towards morality).
Example: "To create and foster a love of learning"
Example: "To build a growing, trusting relationship"
Example : "To seek the truth and administer justice"
Example: "To seek perfection in the likeness of the creator"
Humans have an innate sense of what perfection is
and whether or not they are seeking it. This holistic human concept of perfection may serve as a beacon towards the most enlightening
and advantageous purpose. The closer the purpose is to the immediate task, the easier it is to measure behavior in relationship
to it. However, it is critical that we identify and accept more noble and lofty
purpose. The grandest tangible goal is to create a universe better than the one in which we exist.
Creating structures and systems with the intent of
fulfilling human purpose is not enough. We must insure that those structures continue evolving and that they indeed accomplish
their purpose. The process of comparing result with expectation (feedback) is one of the most evolved and successful methods
known. It's application in the design and implementation of supporting structures is imperative.
In order to properly utilize feedback, we must use
our perceptual abilities and extensions thereof to determine actuality or objectiveness. Where outcomes are not measurable
through instrumentation, we must devise quick and effective subjective indicators (tests) which prioritize methods.
Reason must rule supreme when we compare our results
with our expectations and ascertain required alterations.
The most successful structures will be those which
rely on human judgment; thus, rules are avoided and guidelines are offered. Having to make ethical decisions and apply feedback
to them is the most important human exercise. Developing good guidelines becomes one of the most creative aspects in designing
and implementing supporting structures.
Example: "Listening lasts least. Action abides always"
Example: "Actions speak louder than words
Example : "An injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere"
"Do onto others as you would have them do onto you"
Measures: A standard or scale is required for measuring the success of supporting structures. The measures for success
are ordered and interwoven...
To maximize creative potential and outcome:
Individual and collective creative potential is measured
by the ability to predict
and control the total (physical, biological, psycho-social, and spiritual) environment. Creative outcome is measured by the extent to which creative potential is directed towards moral purpose.
To maximize truth and awareness:
Total truth is measured by the product of accurate
available to beings capable of using it to maximize creative potential and outcome. Total awareness is measured by the extent to which accumulated perceptual experience contributes to creative potential and outcome.
3. To maximize beauty and inspiration:
Beauty and inspiration are perceived, but not measured.
Both serve to increase creative
potential and outcome.
To maximize joy and justice
Joy is the subjective perception of fulfillment of
purpose. (One can be unhappy
and joyful about the same situation). Justice is state of appropriate
opportunity, contribution, and
reward and is measured by the security and trust provided by a structure.
The development of measuring systems and structures
is one of the most critical aspects in assuring the success of the human future. Many possibilities exist for measuring success
in both objective and subjective domains. Our priorities will be most apparent in what we measure.
The human future will not be created by any one person
or any small group of humans. It must be continually recreated by humans who cooperate synergistically with each other and
symbiotically with all life in the ecosystem.
Each human individual has equal moral potential when
provided with equal moral opportunity. Through cooperation towards common purpose, we can maximize moral opportunity and provide
justice for all. So long as we assume dominion over other beings, we also assume responsibility for maximizing their moral
potential. Most other animals have far greater moral potential than we credit them with and may contribute to our own moral
potential in ways we've yet to perceive.
The Earth is our mother, our home, and our future.
If the Earth prospers, then so do we; and vice-versa. If we view our relationship with the Earth and its life as one of cooperation,
all will benefit.
The Human Future:
I have a dream, a dream of humankind. I see new possibilities
and new realities. I see hope, wonderment, and amazing creations. I see futures within futures, dreams within dreams, realities
within realities. I see individuals who are many and groups who are one. I see wholeness and uniqueness combined in new forms
making humans freer and completer. I see life growing and spreading within us and around us. I see vast new horizons and challenges
with awe and fascination. I feel joy, peace, and oneness with my creator.
The human future is not a dream. It is a possibility,
a possibility which we may create, a possibility which we must create. We are beyond innocence. We know what our role and
responsibility is. We must mature and make sacrifices as parents of our own destiny.
Rich Van Winkle (1990)