This is surely nothing new to the world, but as I was walking the dog this morning, I was thinking about humanity from the widest perspective possible. For lack of a better term that might present itself later, I’m calling it Human Destinies. There’s a point to that. I speculate that we must either achieve our Destinies, or it means we’ve destroyed ourselves. To put it another way, I speculate that achieving such Destinies could be an essential part of the defining characteristics of human beings. In other words, it’s just what humans do—or they cease to exist; they become extinct.
Now, the thing is, there’s no superfluous stuff, here. We’re talking about the widest scope possible—events that changed entirely the course of human history, irrevocably.
Here’s what I came up with:
1. Agriculture / Basic Civilization.
2. Enlightenment / Secularization.
3. Technology / Capitalism / Industrialization.
And that’s it, so far. Now, given the above, what’s number 4, out into the future? I further speculate that your answer to what number 4 is tells us a great deal about you. It could be the ultimate litmus test, in fact.
Go ahead and comment, if you dare.
Update: Greg Swann, referenced by someone else in the 3rd comment, posts his own extensive comment, below. He also gives us even more at his own place.
Update 2: Human Destinies – Part 2 is up.