In a world of nation-states, competing interests will invariably lead to conflict, and conflict will ultimately lead to war. Since the beginnings of civilization, independent societies and collections of people have come into armed confrontation with each other, and, as a result, have killed, pillaged, and destroyed one another. The result of this is an unimaginable loss in life, property, culture, technology, and science. Yet despite the enormous efforts these societies put into their waging of war, the ultimate benefit and gain is absolutely insignificant. Ultimately, the resources, ideologies, religions, and quests for dominance which societies across the world seek will evolve, change, or disappear. Ultimately, the untold billions who have fought, struggled, suffered, and died in war will have been lost for nothing. Ultimately, the effort we have put into fighting against our common man, as opposed to cooperating and sharing with him, will have been effort lost.
In our modern world, we now possess the means to absolutely destroy ourselves. A full-scale war between the most developed nation-states of our planet will lead to destruction and death on a scale never before seen by mankind; a level of destruction which has the capacity to regress our species hundreds, if not thousands, of years into the past. Yet in our modern world, we now possess the institutions and means to unite ourselves, to shed the barriers and differences which borders and nations create, to cooperate for the ultimate good of our planetary species as opposed to the temporary benefit of our home country. As the world increasingly becomes one global society, as the lines of communication and shared experience reveal to people across the planet that they are entirely like one another despite culture, race, or religion, we are increasingly seeing the possibility for a future without war.
Yet challenges remain. Despite our rapidly growing advancements in technology, communication, travel, and law, we are still bound to a system which perpetuates the nation-state. We still largely identify ourselves by our place of origin, by the religion of our parents, by the government we live under as opposed to the reality that we are all one species, all children of one planet, all sharing the same world and the same common experience of life. We are still arrogant to believe that our quest for power must mean the subjugation of another, that our search for resources must mean our hording of them, that our culture, religion, government, ideals, ideologies, and worldviews are in any way better, or even comparable, to those of other societies.
Yet there this hope. As new generations are born onto our planet, they are raised recognizing and embracing this changing reality to a degree far larger than the last. As new generations come to lead our global society and solve our world’s problems, they do so with a frame of mind more in tune to the common dignity and similarity of mankind than the last. As time marches forward, the influences of technology, communication, and law will connect our planet in ways we cannot foresee. As these influences come to shape our planetary society more profoundly than they ever had before, our species will finally begin to embrace the full and enormous potential it has.
The future of mankind is bright. The future of mankind is a future without war, a future of cooperation, shared benefit, mutual gain. The future of mankind is a future in which it does away with the concept of nations and different identities and embraces the reality of our single planetary species. The future of mankind is a future in which it sets out into the stars, a future where it explores, discovers, learns, and develops in so fantastic a manner that the mankind of our current time and place will be to them like the ‘cavemen’ are to us. Yet, unlike the far distances of time which remove us from the ‘cavemen’, the future of mankind which we will come to experience is one within our reach, one which can be realized and actualized within a few short generations.