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Directionless: The Teleological Vacuum of Global Civilisation

Humanity spends far too much time bickering and fighting over how we will collectively move forward to ever actually get on with the very serious business of actually ensuring our own continuity, survival and ongoing tenure on this planet.

“Progress means getting nearer to the place you want to be. And if you have taken a wrong turning, then to go forward does not get you any nearer.”
– C.S. Lewis

That is an interesting quote which can be unpacked in any one of a number of ways. Applied at a scale of global civilisation: a conspicuous absence of unified direction or agreement on the topic of shared goals is a self-evident fact. Not only are we all collectively in accelerating motion on almost every possible compass bearing, the lack of consensus or sucessfully collaborative dialogue about where we are going (and how best to get there) indicates critical failures of cooperative aptitude. Persistent insecurity, arguments, adversarial turbulence and ideological mud-slinging about how best to organise our collective human endeavour are actively inhibiting our ability to get anywhere at all.

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