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02/20/2013

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Jim

My 'hope' is that the human species will mature at some point after it gets its collective ass handed to it. This, actually, is the backstory behind the Star Trek series - a cataclysm in the 21st century causes the human race to have a complete cultural shift (money systems are abandoned, 'growth' goals center around knowledge and understanding and are group-based instead of individual-based, etc.)

I do think there is some evidence that certain Native American cultures learned these lessons after their own series of collapse events. But humanity's record is spotty at best - the overall story is cyclical (death, rebirth, growth, decay, death).

Whether or not a maturity in human culture (or even just a rebirth after death) is truly an authentic hope remains to be seen. I choose to have faith that it's possible, but I don't have pity on our species if we manage to learn nothing from failure and one day achieve extinction.

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