Humanity in search for meaning

Humanity in search for meaning

Damn, what am I obstinately looking for through my quest for an ecological morality, a construction of time to come? Writing, reading and creating, in its most elementary way, have long saved me in my outlying land. I recharge myself with silence, I feed on air and strengthen on meaningfulness. The truth is that I come from a vibrant world where freedom is fleshly and the sky cosmic. I’ve long been looking for the red wire on a trail. I think I just have found the light, the colours, the spaces, a little bit of sweetness. A new cycle has begun and I am there, facing all the unknown that’s waiting for me. Willing to take the time to tame my contours and to relearn my anchorages in order to maintain with serenity the flame of empathy and a sense of humanity in a right balance. But what does humanity mean and how will it balance the upcoming decades? I want to understand this wave that sends us to waltz and encourages us to reinvent the notion of balance.

According to the famous physicist Stephan Hawking, humanity has a century left to evacuate the planet Earth and become multi-planetary species. So, what is the plan on top of human agenda during the twenty-first century? I think the central project for humanity is to save mankind and the whole planet – the landscapes, the plants, the organisms and animals - form the danger inherent to our own power. But maybe mankind will become intellectually dominated by its own machines. In the next twenty years half of the jobs will disappear because of industrialisation, according to a study of Oxford Martin School. We might live in a post-human society, ruled by artificial intelligence. Algorithms might simulate different futures and alternative histories, allowing fictional scenarios to be played before populations even commit to the actual change. Should we then try to organise a sort of resistance against the machines and algorithms, or should we try to come in symbiosis with them to reach a new form of mankind? We have already been able to experience the devastating effects of industrialisation on our society. Our current state indicates the change of a new age, the Anthropocene. The global equilibrium is disturbed as to meteorology, the atmosphere and the demographic logics. Fossil, social and psychological sources of energy and their physical or cultural states are exhausted. It creates right now an unsustainable acceleration of entropy to which we haven’t yet formulated an answer. Humankind is late in acknowledging the danger and so far, very little has been done about it.

We need a new story to meet the new challenges, because we can’t solve the problems with the same mind-set as the one that created them. Our economic model is founded on the absurd idea of apparent material abundance, and has permitted itself for the same reason to create the concept of “waste”. Luckily, more and more people take their faith in own hands and start new projects (see movie Demain) that not always fit within the institutional frameworks. Every contribution, every activity from every individual can change the balance in one or the other direction. It’s very clear that the solutions will in the first place come from the civic society.

Humans are rarely satisfied with what they already have. The most common reaction of the human mind about achievement is not satisfaction but is craving for more, something better, bigger, cleaner. Humankind is pushing itself to achieve even greater goals: populating Mars while it can’t cope with the Earth. The world is a on-man show of mankind, all alone on stage, talking to itself, negotiating with no one and taking enormous power without agreements. But hey, common, why not drive humanity to set happiness as its main goal first. Does that make sense? It’s only the means, not the end.