Future of Humankind – a Required Paradigm Shift in Values and Attitudes

Sooner rather than later, one day, a big chunk of mankind will be headed boldly for another place in our Galaxy, where no human has gone before. It will undoubtedly be a challenging experience but will also be full of inherent potentialities. The future will literally be in their hands. The big question is, shall we end up repeating the experience we have encountered here on earth, or shall we try to make it into something different that we can be proud of?

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Putting Life into the United Nations

Despite the magnificent progress achieved by human civilization over the past few centuries, based on advances in science and technology, the stark reality remains that today humankind is facing existential challenges such as the population explosion, depletion of natural resources, climate change, the spread of WMD’s, drones and cyber-warfare, accelerating wealth inequalities both within and amongst Nations and the recent rise of extremism and fundamentalism leading towards mass migrations. 

Despite the near-universal acknowledgement of such challenges and talk of the need for remedial steps, precious little meaningful action has been achieved in this direction. The Global pundits’ cry for change today has no clear articulation of the direction for such change. It is limited in scope and misses out the fundamental need for a paradigm shift in our attitudes and values required to meet the massive challenges of the future viz. treating humans as one brotherhood, through gradual replacement of Nationalism by Universalism. 

This led the author to think that our goal for the future of Humankind should be, more appropriately even if a little ambitiously, how to “Thrive in the Future rather than mere Survive”

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