Thursday, September 1, 2016

Microstory 399: World Peace

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There are two reasons why you should want world peace. Number one is that it would make life safer and generally better. I guess there’s really just one reason, but is that not enough for you? The planet is composed of many parts. These parts are consistently moving and interacting with each other, perpetually towards a particular goal. All we need to do is keep repairing, rearranging, and reworking this system so that it accomplishes a goal that we actually want. The first step to getting this done is determining some sort of optimum condition, and driving humanity to align with the desire for that condition. This is no easy feat. Not everyone wants the same thing, which is why we must also strip the fat, so to speak. We must remove these roadblocks so that everyone can see a clear path to happiness. This does not mean to kill everyone who disagrees with us, nor does it mean to simply wait them out until generational turnover. No, the only moral option is to constantly work towards convincing these dissenting voices of what is best for everyone, and assuring them that the word everyone includes them. Many shorter-term goals can be accomplished in the meantime that can potentially facilitate ushering us into the Happiness Era. Forms of basic income that all citizens receive is a decent first step in diminishing economic inequality and unemployment figures. We’ll probably need to do something like this before we can eliminate monetary value altogether, and I believe entirely that a moneyless society would be superior. Stem cell research, nanotechnology, diagnosis and treatment directed by artificially intelligent automation, and other medical advances will also lower inequality. Artificial intelligence could solve our global distribution problem so that everyone in the world has access to the food and medical resources needed to thrive. In fact, artificial intelligence, that which is capable of surpassing human neurological limitations, is likely to be the most important factor in creating a world without inequality or war. Yes, it could do more harm than good, which is why we need to focus on long-term payoff, rather than short-term, easily observable, satisfaction. Take it slow. You could write a book on world peace, and I’m sure people have. I have run out of room. Thanks for reading this series. I hope it leads to further exploration, rather than indifference or blind agreement.

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