Sunday, October 7, 2012
Evolve or Die
On the political science side, my focus was on American government for most of my education, but towards the end I started to focus on totalitarianism. I was very interested in how a democratic society could transform into a totalitarian regime (i.e. the Weimar Republic Germany transforming into Nazi Germany).
So combining what I learned in college, and what I've learned since, from these disciplines, I think I've come up with a theory for the intellectual evolution of the human species. Bear with me.
I see human intellectual evolution as a maze. The goal, as in any maze, is to get to the end point, but this maze is different in that there are two endpoints. I sincerely believe that a Type 1 society is the final stage of human intellectual evolution (in terms of how society is organized), but there are two possible outcomes. The first is a sort of advanced, democratic type 1 society, the alternative being a totalitarian type 1 society.
It might take a minute for that to be clear. A type 1 society can exist either as a free society or a totalitarian society. For those who might not know what I mean by "Type 1 society," I'm referring to something akin to Star Trek. The idea is that the world is organized as one body of people with one specific purpose: the perpetual survival of the human species. It would be like how the United States is organized in terms of Federal => State => Local government, except a type 1 society would be organized as World => National => State/Local/Whatever government.
Just as state goals are held as important but at once subborned to national goals--i.e. a state goal cannot interfere with a national, federal goal--a type 1 society would function in a similar way: national goals are subborned to world goals.
Back to the main point, we're in a maze. Sometimes we hit dead ends and we have to go back and find a new path. Those dead ends are points in history where we as a species arrived at a bad place intellectually, and a change in course was required if we were to endure. Well, we hit a similar point with the rise of totalitarianism. It wasn't a dead end though: it was a fork in the maze. Instead of the maze being horizontal, the fork went virtical. Upwards leads to an advanced democratic society--what that looks like, I don't know--and down leads to a totalitarian world, much like Orwell's 1984.
The problem, though, is that we didn't take a fork. When we got there, we were so insistent on making horizontal progress that we refused to make virtical evolutions. We were scared. We saw what fruits totalitarianism would bear, but we also feared what any advanced form of democracy might look like. We were convinced that what we had previously discovered--America's current form of democratic-republican government--was it. We thought we had reached the pinnacle, so there was no need for further evolution.
So instead of choosing a direction, we set out to break through the divide and barrel through the wall. We continue breaking through the wall to this day, only the problem is that we don't have the tools to do so. We're breaking through with our hands and stone, bloody and beaten. Because of the horrible toll it's taking on us, we're becoming deformed as a species, and eventually we won't even look human.
We will break through the wall and get to the end, to be sure. But we'll come out of it as monsters. And once we break through, and all that's left is the end, gravity will kick in, and we'll fall straight to the bottom. On our current course, we will end up as one totalitarian world, and we will have lost our human will to fight it.
So what do we do? Well, the only thing we can do is go back. We have to go back to the fork in the road and figure out how we can take the path up. We cannot continue on our current intellectual path, because it's only making this country--and the world--worse. We have to evolve. Democracy, republican government, are not the final solution. There is something beyond American government that will take us to where we need to be.
We will be one world no matter what. A day will come when the human species finally becomes cognizant of the need for togetherness and singularity of purpose. If we continue to stifle our intellectual evolution, if we remain stubborn in our assertion that 21st century America is as good as it gets, we will end up as a totalitarian world. That world is death: death of the human spirit and character.
Evolve or die.