Earth has existed for about four-and-a-half billion years, according to scientists, before we as humans entered the fray. Based on current estimates, the earth is expected to be livable for another three-and-a-half billion years before the heat of the sun will heat our planet to unlivable by any organism. How long we as humans survive on earth (some estimate no longer than one thousand years) depends on our ability to preserve the resources provided to us by nature, and how we treat each other in having access to those resources. Here on earth or elsewhere.
In the animal kingdom, the ones with the strongest gene-pool survive and reproduce more quickly. Those with illnesses or weaknesses die off sooner with a lesser ability to reproduce. Such is the brutal reality of nature. Repeat that for a few billion years, and mutations of a developing species form a continually evolving equilibrium with the resources at its disposal. The laws of nature applied to all creatures, including humans. Hence, we, too, must continuously adjust to an ever-changing equilibrium with nature.
The way animals survive is to battle it out for resources and territory physically, in many cases with brutal death bestowed on the aging or unfortunate loser. Such was the case in the early days of human evolution in which physical dominance endured the test of time. Then our brain developed, and we erected to stand up and walk, we began to travel far beyond our former territories. We claimed new land-mass with abundant resources as we first discovered it. We put markers and borders around that land-mass and soon developed rules turned into laws to keep humans (and animals) we wanted in and others out.
Advances in healthcare steadily increase our life expectancy and improved our standard of living, even in less developed areas of the world. With the expected growth of the human population on pace to be about one billion every thirteen years, the challenge of how to deal with a more crowded planet becomes daunting. For one, the growing scarcity of resources will force us to reinvent how and what we produce and consume. We will need to optimize farming and agriculture to provide a yield much higher than today. We must find ways to re-balance our equilibrium with nature, so the growth of the population is matched with an increase in healthy consumable resources.
While resources available to us are relevant, most pertinent to our survival is how we, as humans, interact with each other to have access to those resources. No matter where those resources come from, interplanetary or here on earth. So, the real quest for our survival is about ourselves, how we manage the human capacity in an increasingly hostile environment. How do we ensure a growing number of people on our planet can live harmoniously together and treat each other with respect? How do we ensure the urge to extract selfish value is not damaging evolutionary values we hold in high regard? How do we provide short-term value that does not kick the can of long-term problems further down the road? How does everyone get a fair chance to participate? We must find a way to stimulate the potential of every human being, so we continue to discover and support the new inventors of evolutionary progress.
The development of a new operating-system of humanity aims to bring much-needed innovation to the playbook of human interaction to maximize the discovery of our individual and collective ingenuity to save the world from ourselves. I urge you to study my work, for the improvement to human excellence is ours for the taking.