In this short video (embedded), and in his latest book Here on Earth, Flannery argues that we are living in a immensely cooperative world, rather than in a survival-of-the-fittest, dog-eat-dog world.
Flannery explains that we are not so dissimilar to ant colonies. These consist of individuals knitted so tightly together they represent an organism. The glue that holds us together is our division of labor and our civilization of common beliefs and ideas. We have evolved from villages ten thousand years ago into being on the verge of becoming a global superorganism, a global community.
He points out that the recent and ongoing revolutions in north Africa are the latest development of the spread of shared ideas and beliefs leading to a global community. He says this has positive implications for our goal of global environmental sustainability.
Flannery maintains that humankind will become a regulating intelligence for the planet. We will help create coordination and stability between the parts of Earth’s troubled systems. Learning to regulate Earth’s climate and stabalize our own population are major examples of this.
What are your thoughts? Do you think this is happening? Is this where we are heading as a species?
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