Influencing our destiny - and then it gets destroyed so it has to reshape itself - Part 4
How do I (and others) envisage the future?
We are already starting to change our DNA, both unconsciously as people mix but also knowingly using science to cure genetic and other diseases by means of gene therapy. Many white people love sunbathing because they love the feeling of the sun and a brown skin colour but they also know it is dangerous as it can cause skin cancer. Still, they prefer a brown skin above a white one and continue going to beaches where also darker-skinned people are present they start to appreciate. As a result, people start mixing so their children will be darker skinned and thus beautiful while it is also a better protection against the damaging effects of the sun. The above is because of love (although some people like others for their money). However, we also start changing our DNA very specifically using gene therapy. There are still more failures than successes with the use of gene therapy but the successes are becoming more common and the failures start to decline as our knowledge increases. Gene therapy enables us to cure genetic diseases or even prevent they can cause any harm. Some people may try to use these techniques to advance their own children, trying to deny them their own nature and change their DNA so they can be superior to others. I don't believe in that because societies need all kinds of people (hairdressers as well as doctors) or societies collapse while interfering with our DNA can have unknown effects. But I may be wrong and people may never use this technique to advance themselves against others. Of course, preventing people suffer from genetic or other illnesses by using genetic engineering is different from forcing certain unnecessary changes. Also, stem cells will be used and artificially-made tissues (e.g. blood cells so donors are no longer needed while there will be plenty of blood). Already people are talking about living very long in future although it should be for everyone.
|In future, few energy producing plants (gas, wind or solar) will continue to support large users such as trains and metros until they too may become independent (if ever) while most other things can use locally produced energy, preferably alone.|
And thus the future will be a time when people will work less while being helped by technological advantages. Of course, this means we have to change our way of living, i.e. share our work and earning. At this moment, many powerful resist this (compare article with my previous publication) as they continue to claim people should continue working harder for less money except for the few who spread these claims as they benefit. But, it is simply impossible to have full employment when half the population is without work as is the case in some countries, unless people accept they work less by sharing the workload. There will be resistance but in the end, people will accept that less may be better. People may think that is boring but after some time will realise this is not (ask most pensioners how they enjoy life). Then people can travel in their free time or study or play theatre and enjoy life on condition they earn enough to be able to spend money in their free time, and thus wealth should be shared (so the rich no longer need to claim they have to earn more each year for their hard work because what some people earn in one year they can use for the rest of their life to discover the beauty of our planet while their job can be done by someone else). We then enter the time of what religious people call the 'time of the Messiah' (remember, religion is on the rise and fall): people will still have to work but much more relaxed as they work together for the common good (i.e. work is done by more people with the help of machines) and thus can enjoy life (as was already happening until the crisis reversed this in many places). Politicians will continue to introduce better rules as I think party policies will no longer apply because individuals get elected who vote for the best laws and not in opposition of the ruling party until even laws are perfect and then computers will be able to take over the order of the world while humans can enjoy life and do what they like within the law (e.g. cameras film people who don't stop at traffic lights and computers send the penalty via email and check whether the bill has been paid while already some public transports (e.g. DLR in London) operate on their own except during busy time when humans help). Of course, there will be a last resistance by the ruling powers who will loose their influence. But ones science has discovered everything and laws are perfect, they don't need to change any longer and everyone can live as equals, without one person being more important than the other. Then the 'age of the computer' (or call it god) will have arrived, on condition computers are properly educated to recognise correct from incorrect. Watch science-fiction films: the only thing people do is travel (space) to discover things for themselves and this in a sustainable way or they don't get far. But for normal people, most will stay the same: they were always born to live and die without leaving a trace behind. Still, these transition periods should be guided so people will not loose everything in a short time and thus sharing the available work is one possibility, or having a good benefit system if we don't want to share our work while the rich should accept they need to earn less. And don't get it wrong, I am not introducing these changes as I have no powers; others do. And it should be for the good of everyone but there are those who do it only for their own benefit. More about the future in another article or read about it in scientific and political journals.
Planet Earth is like our body: it doesn't matter that individual cells (e.g. blood cells) or individuals come and go as long as the whole structure remains. Nice creatures have a function in the future world (e.g. the HIV virus will stay as we start using it to cure people while there will come a day that the ill-making virus will be exterminated; dogs are loved while wolves hated by many although the latter have a function in the world to remove the weak so populations remain healthy as long as the numbers of wolves are within limits). And when the individual dies, it can be recycled by another living organism or become part of the earth, maybe even become oil or gas while one day our planet may be recycled by another planet or star or is lost forever.