I have watched a few interesting documentaries of late, describing the idea of a unified society, and alternative governmental structures. They touched on other subjects too, like resource based economies vs monetary. It’s clear for anyone who has been paying attention at all, that there is something fundamentally wrong with the entire structure we use. We are on the verge worldwide of another great depression… and this isn’t the first time.
Amongst a lot of these great ideas and strategies for the future, came some very strong but debatable points. Firstly, one of my favourite points was about progression and evolution of society, government and generally the way we live. When we invent something, or come out with some new mind blowing technology, What’s the first thing we do with it? We see what ways it can be applied, increasing its potential usage, and we set upon improving the first version. Sometimes we refine the existing items, for more efficient, smoother performance. Or alternatively, we take the current version as a basis for our model, throw out the current components, and start with components we are sure will do the job then times better, maybe in a more logical format. This documentary raised the very valid question on why we reached a certain point in the evolution of our society and government etc, and just settled on it. If anything, just like the technology, these things too should be refined, replaced and generally improved.
A lot of the components of this future societal structure depended heavily on the assumption that we as a planet could work toward becoming one unified society, working decisions from cold hard logic, rather than emotion and opinions. While of course this idea is extremely inviting and sells itself highly on paper, I fear its a little too much of a utopian dream to ever become a reality. Certainly in our lifetime.
There exists way too much segregation in our world at this point to even consider the possibility. There are too many contrasting religions for the most part, all convinced that their way is the right way. and of course these religions can have high influence on the political structures, ruling by that particular religions practices and opinions, rather than logical common sense decisions. In my opinion there are only two scenarios where unified society would be achievable with religion. Either all religions are removed from structure, possibly even eradicated, or everyone settles on one religion, that they all share the same level of belief in. For this reason, I don’t think this is achievable. While it is a fantastic, in fact beautiful thought, it simply is too big of a hurdle to overcome, before even considering any other hindrances.
Of course, the greed and power struggle that lies within corporations, companies, and the desire to have that level of control over people would factor hugely into reasons this would not work as well. But in the early stages of a unified society, these factors would meet strong opposition. Overtime, I am sure they would be resolved. But with religion… all one has to do is take a look around. Some religions limit their raptures and saved members to capped amounts, that are a fraction of the population. Look at the wars fuelled by religious differences around the world. The prejudiced, racial and sexual discrimination, fuelled by different religions. Look at the devout followers of these faiths… there are a lot of them. Unless the unified society was based around their religion, some would be willing to die in opposition to it. In certain countries in the world, statistics have shown that of all faiths, lifestyles and persuasions, that an atheist is least likely to get voted into office. Of course, atheism is my opinion as the correct way, but the idea this documentary had of having a supercomputer that processes the information to give the best informed decision, would definitely cut out the opinions and emotions… but it would require one hell of a lot of strict, regimented and reviewed coding…!