What is Our Future?
The utopian dream of peaceful, sustainable humanity has always been dismissed as just a vague fantasy, woven into minority ideologies, far removed from brutal, stark reality.
But has anybody ever checked? What if we really could achieve this? If such a dream were achievable it would change everything!
And what if you could participate significantly in building it? We clearly see that this is obviously not our world now, but what if we could achieve it in the near future if we start now? If there were such a way wouldn’t we be foolish not to take it?
That is the purpose of FutureQuest – to reveal the dream of an awesome world future and how you can build it without compromising your identity or your religious or ideological convictions.
At this very moment our future is being built by people with predominantly selfish motives. The sum-attitude of mankind and its diverse people groups determines the quality of our future. A peaceful future cannot be built by apathetic, selfish or elitist people or groups, or those having a war-mindset.
But every group to which we belong comprises individuals. These people and their leadership structures determine whether such a great future is achieved. You and I belong to several of these groups.
In this book you will find your personal role in building an awesome world future.
You will be presented the extent of the task and will see …
the structure of this grand endeavour
what actions you can personally take to make it a happen
how you can identify attitudes supporting and undermining it
why governments and the UN cannot build peace
Particular personal attributes are required to build a great future. You will see…
the fuzzy boundary between fact and belief
why your perception is filtered according to your circumstances
how to strengthen your own core identity and integrity
how your groups validate your individuality, confirm your identity and influence you.
Virtually all of mankind is arranged in various overlapping systems of large and small groups. You will see …
why mankind’s supportive group systems must be preserved
how clashes between cultures arise and how they can be resolved and avoided
how the information age has given us the most effective peace-building tools ever conceived
how our power concentrations can be fatal to mankind.
National governments must be able and willing to support a peaceful world future but that is not the case today. You will see…
why democracy is spreading worldwide as the preferred system of government
why today’s centuries-old democratic systems urgently need reforming
how freedom must be balanced with responsibility to sustain civilisation
how intolerance generates animosity and threatens our future.
Business is vital to support and maintain civilisation but it has some exploitative attributes. You will see …
how corporations easily become sociopathic
why some corporations destabilise or undermine democracy
how globalisation must be guided to avoid exploitation and conflict
how we can raise the integrity of corporations so that self-regulation becomes viable.
Institutions and organisations help sustain civilisation and require adjustments to support a great, peaceful world future. You will see …
why young people must learn generic, normative ethics
how integrity standards are being eroded by entertainment media
how taking these future-building steps can solve worldwide healthcare problems and poverty
A global accord of national governments is required to build our great world future but we must choose the right structure. You will see …
why each person must develop a global identity, alongside their own nationality and culture
why developed nations have a moral obligation to help poor nations
how the tragedy-of-the-commons script blindly followed by mankind, will end civilisation within a couple of decades
how we can re-write the script and prevent that tragedy.
Humanity must embrace some practical constraints to become sustainable in every sense, and to attain and maintain this awesome world future. You will see …
how human population growth can be stabilised
how our diverse philosophies and beliefs already share enough common ground for our great world future
a list of steps you can take to build this great future, summarised as a convenient reference list
Whether you are a quite, private person, a head-of-state, a worker, teacher, miner, cleric or farmer, you will find the steps you can personally take to do your part in building an awesome world future. As we take these cumulative steps we will tip the balance and make it happen.