For a little while let’s all turn on our real big, big thinking outside the box. Have you ever heard about “Type 0 civilization”? On the Kardashev scale it is where we are today as a species. The scale is based on how much energy we consume and what technological level we represent. The “Type I civilization” is a planetary civilization, capable of playing with all energy output of the home planet – in our case the Earth. “Type II civilization” consume so much energy that they can play with the star in their – in our case the Sun. Last but not least “Type III civilization” is a galactic civilization capable of playing with the entire galaxy.
We, as the whole human race, are in the transition point between Type 0 and Type I. Everything to that point sounds optimistic, but there is a catch – the transition is not voluntary, we either become a Type I, terrestrial society or die as a species. We have means of technology to become the Type I, we have all the knowledge needed to take that step and we have seeds of Type I culture as well. But, there are a few major problems – you see as the cybernetics suggest, the society like homeostasis, so not everyone agrees with change and evolution into Type I civilization, they do create a significant feedback to that trend.
Let’s describe planetarian society – it is science driven, multicultural as in diverse and tolerant up to the point of golden rule and individual freedom. So as you can see not every human being agrees to those terms: fundamentalists, terrorists, control freaks, nationalists and guys that try to bring to life every nightmare from George Orwell’s books are the force working against the trend to achieve Type I status and survive. They might not be conscious of anything I’m talking about here, they might have so narrow and particularly distorted view they can’t comprehend the idea of truly terrestrial society. They don’t want science, they want theocratic rule; they don’t want diversity, personal liberties and policy of golden rule, they want acknowledging their superiority, a monocultural society of their choosing, rules and regulations based on their judgments.
There is heavy probability that the transition will take place in some point of our lives and if not in ours then definitely in lives of our kids. Now look on the state of education in practically every system of the world. Take a look on economy and growing argument over resources. Take a look on what people tend to believe, what explanations they tend to seek and how they tend to (not)think at all. Now try to be an optimist about the necessary social and political transition from Type 0 to Type I civilization.
What’ your opinion over this BIG matter? Please, share.
– Przemek Kucia aka Cosmic Political Scientist