Jime Elvidge on Human Destiny

We’re asking each of the participants in The World Transformed to give us their thoughts on one major coming transformation. Here are Jim Elvidge’s thoughts on human destiny

If you were to pick just one current or coming transformation that you would advise people to focus on, which one would that be?

Despite my core interest in the transformation of reality, I fear that there is a good chance that if we are under programmed control, the “creator” may have no trouble staying several steps ahead of us, no matter the level to which we evolve. Hence, it would be hard to do anything about it, and hard to identify tangible differences in our lives based on our knowledge of the truth about reality, other than the supreme satisfaction of being “closer” to the truth. So I chose “Human Destiny Transformed” as a recommended transformation to focus on.

What should we be doing about it?

There are many paths that human destiny can take. We don’t really need to worry about picking one in advance, because the path will emerge as a result of circumstances and events that are largely unpredictable (complex systems). Hence, our best option is to learn how to “sense” and “respond.” We can advance this capability by thinking about the possibilities, which might prevent fear from overtaking us when confronted with a surprising path (e.g. wildly changing social structures). Without fear, we are better able to cope with these changes, which promise to occur at an ever accelerating pace.

What’s in it for us if we get it right?

Aside from bragging rights, predicting a transformational path to human destiny might allow us to better prepare for the future, by selecting courses of study or careers that survive the transformation. It may give us opportunities to advance ourselves physically (e.g. implants), intellectually, and spiritually because we would be more open to those advancements, possibly even leading to significantly greater health and lifespan.

What are the risks if we don’t?

The opposite may be true if we don’t see the coming path. We may be left behind with an unpromising career, a non-enhanced mental capacity, and a shorter life, simply because we chose to be afraid of the transformative path that others are taking.

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Phil Bowermaster is a nationally recognized author and speaker. He has more than 25 years experience writing about emerging technologies and the future. As co-host of the popular Internet radio series, The World Transformed, Phil has talked with leading scientists and technologists, best-selling authors, philosophers, filmmakers, artists, entrepreneurs and others who are shaping our understanding of the amazing era of transformation in which we live. Phil helps leaders and their organizations develop strategies for managing accelerating change. He shows how imagination, optimism, empathy, and humor can make all the difference in both understanding and making the most of the powerful currents of change we face.