I’ve finally gotten to a point, where enough is flowing out from me to add some substantial volume of content. It would seem as though, from the date stamps of my writings, I’ve been absent of late. Can’t quite put my finger on the cause, but nevertheless, here I am. I glean a tremendous amount of my hope and enthusiasm for the goodness of the world from TED. It would appear as though, whenever my battery for positivity runs low, I somehow always seem to charge it with a little inspiration from the fascinating minds of their guest speakers. This week I opened up the TED app on my iPad to discover a talk by Yuval Noah Harari on the rise of humans as the dominant species among all that inhabit modern day earth. Given my interaction with other people on such a meaningful level, I constantly strive to gain a better understanding of the human condition. I found his topic intriguing, considering the current state of affairs around the world, and it’s seemingly unexplainable persistence. Economic cycles for decades have been directly correlated to the boom and bust tendencies of mans ascent into a significantly more advanced standard of living for billions of the planets humans. Consider the immense development over the past 115 years. Since the year 1900, we’ve created more prosperity than the rest of time combined, in spite of the most horrific century of death, this species has ever known. Today, more people live a better material quality of life, than at any point in history. All that being said, we have stalled in the progression of this process. We watched another epic boom cycle explode into the “Great Recession” leaving behind the financial tragedy of “Too Big to Fail” for people to reference for decades to come. The problem lies in the fact the global economy after six years of recovery, still lacks the acceleration to bring things back to trend over that 115 year span. Harari suggests that this advancement of technological development may have triggered something inevitable within our species evolution forward. The biological separation of classes by economic viability, or bluntly put, an entire subspecies of “useless people”. This theory of technology advances requiring so many less humans to provide the improved standard of living for everyone, while the population continues to grow, even without the demand for that growth. This is quite a bit to digest, so let’s break it down for more manageable consumption.
First, let’s take a look at this rise of homosapien’s, long after our dominance of all the other species of life on planet earth. Tribes swell into villages, communities, cities, kingdom’s and empires, nation states, and ultimately countries. Incredible transformation of human capacity and thus perspective took place over several thousand years, to get us to where we are today. The Renaissance period saw mankind transform from our ancient limited knowledge sharing perspective, to the more modern day knowledge proliferation period. As epic a transformation for how knowledge was distributed to exponentially more humans, it was isolated to a specific geographic region, mostly Europe. Why was that? How was it that a single geography of people could accelerate their progress to the top of the supreme species, and ultimately what we know as the United States. This is where I turn to the term “Social Evolution” to shed some light upon this line of thinking. Could it be, that conditions contained within a particular social ascension, we’re so much more favorable, than those of their counterparts? Absolutely, and the stories of the evolution of the Democratic means of governing, combined with the most productive form of trade and distribution (free market capitalism) were the conduit for its lineage.