A serious evaluation of the Humans’ predicament will not ignore the relationship between human achievement and human misery. Tract upon tract of human territory exists in suboptimal condition; underdeveloped and rotten. Similarly, for each human individual living in at least relative comfort, there are perhaps two who do not. Capital has created shining beacons of achievement, but their very scarcity points to a fundamental dysfunction. Arguments about relative levels of regulation or taxation within the global free market belie a more concrete necessary discourse. The permanent leverage advanced national economies exert over the tenant economies of the poorer territories will not simply even out, too powerful is their current advantage; convergence is unlikely. Conversely, blame and agency must not be apportioned to the firms, individuals and governments of the richer countries. The complex economic relationships between the poor world and the rich are now intrinsic and inextricable. Poor relative economic conditions exist in pockets of the rich countries, and great wealth coheres in the capitals and boardrooms of the poor. As economic flows broaden and equilibria becomes rarer, categorising nations by relative wealth will lose meaning. Economic self-determination is desirable but any endogeny is sporadic and exception rather than rule. A tyranny of monopoly emerges, whether by state, region or corporation. Great resistance, fueled by resentment at material superiority, overspills into fear and intolerance. Internal or external inequalities are both damaging to social coherence and even inherent to unregulated capitalist economies. Piecemeal legislative attempts to ameliorate the excesses of prevailing disequilibria will fail, since capital suborns unenlightened political processes. Lastly, no serious rational alternatives to the prevalent accidental modes of economic relations have been systematically attempted – there is then no practical evidential base to justify the Humans’ economic system. Locally real, programmatic endogeny is therefore necessary as a precondition of productive permanence, in order to secure lasting capacity and avoid distracting conflict en route. ‘Programmatic’ means coordinated, democratic and phased; ‘endogeny’ refers to a chiefly internal and self-ordered economic dynamic. A priority is given to longer-term investment and the temporal consequences of economic activity. Societal aims and intentions are explicit; economic activity serves these aims. Resources and the benefits of local resources are chiefly locally held and invested, and capital flows are transparent. Since global interconnectedness is real, no islands of economic uncertainty can exist; there can be no leakage or waste. This shift is chiefly a psychological and political one; the human planet realm of human activity is no longer a broad space for exploitation and acquisition but rather a narrow venue and limited vehicle for achievement.
What is the speed of the expansion of Human consciousness? Appropriate milestone correlates are the development of language, art, technological achievements, political achievements, space exploration. If we consider humanity as the sum expression of Human achievement, and human achievement as the output of the human minds, with human minds a fundamentally solar construct, shaped by evolution, driven by the power of the sun within the human planet, then a radial model of human expansion emerges.
Sun -> Human mind -> space
Humanity can the become a local expression of solar consciousness, which currently is trapped on the Human planet, awaiting take-off. In other words, a local fragment of the universe has awaken and began to contemplate itself. Humanity will escape from its self-imposed tutelage, and conciousness will expand into the wider universe. This mind-wave will race outward. Two relative measures of the pace of the expansion are possible – one slow, one quick. By the first measure, Humanity has wallowed for centuries and countless iterations of its own neurology prior to its departure; at a universal level its expansion and growth is rapid, exponential and shocking. The wave carries forth the useful accoutrements of productive permanence. Its carrier – the Human individual – is borne with dignity, abundance, rationality and peace. Because its mission is intentional and urgent, petty disagreements are rare. Inefficacity is confronted; solutions are considerate. Leadership is dutiful and meaning valued.
Human achievement is sustained and projected forwards without limit, so that the Humanity wave echoes positively throughout the cosmos, a monument in stone to itself and to its mended home. If the Humanity wave encounters similar projects, it will bargain, negotiate and recognise in them their common consciousness, driven by the universe, which inspire their missions. Like interacting ripples on a pond, they will merge and self-replicate, as the universe fully begins to know itself: a network of consciousnesses emerges. If the journey instead is a lonely one, through a dark forest of silent civilisations or otherwise a bottomless, empty ocean of meaning, then humanity will journey on with contemplative wonder and surety, that its mission is a noble one: a wave of meaning echoing outwards forever, bearing each constituent particle of thought, the Human individual, ever further.