Recently, Steve Pavila released another monumental article: Waking Up (which has around 6700 words). In that article he describes the alignment with some kind of holistic consciousness. His post is so impressive that I felt the urge to comment it here.
Because the article is just too long to comment on it extensively, I will just take the most important passages and add my own reflections. (Emphasis is always by me.)
A Matter Of Perspective
First, Steve delineates two different perspectives. For this purpose, he uses the human body as metaphor:
The Cellular Perspective
From the cellular perspective, you can see yourself as an individual person interacting with other individuals. You’re like a single cell in the larger body of humanity, which is composed of billions of other people-cells.
For example, I could say that I’m a guy (a cell) who’s dedicated to helping people (other cells) live more consciously. I may communicate with many people during my lifetime, but each person is a unique individual, so the impact is different for everyone. We may all be part of some larger body of humanity, but our interactions mainly occur at the individual cellular level.
This is similar to one of the cells in your body noticing the other cells around it and deciding to do what it can to be of service to those cells. It may help a lot of cells, but it still regards itself as an individual cell helping other individual cells. And it won’t help all cells equally, nor could it do so even if it tried.
The Holistic Perspective
From the holistic perspective, you see yourself as an integral part of the universe as a whole. The overall intent is to help universal consciousness grow and evolve, particularly the human consciousness of which you’re a part.
This would be like one of the cells in your body recognizing that it’s part of a larger physical body, whereby it stops thinking of itself primarily as an individual cell and begins to see itself as being of potential service to the greater whole. Its fate isn’t as important as the fate of the larger body.
So with this perspective, instead of thinking of myself as a guy who helps people live more consciously, I can see myself as a servant of humanity helping to create a more conscious humanity, or as a servant of universal consciousness itself. My primary role here is to serve conscious evolution, which isn’t necessarily what’s best for any particular individual human in the short-term.
[...] I’m not suggesting that any one perspective is best. All of these perspectives are valid. But I will suggest that it’s important to integrate the holistic perspective more fully into your life if you wish to experience a healthier flow of abundance.
“Waking up” basically means that you consider and integrate the holistic perspective as part of your daily life.
What is this universal consciousness Steve writes about here? At first, it’s just a metaphor for a consciousness on a higher, all connecting level. But then you could ask whether such a thing might actually exist or not. And if it exists, what can it do? Basically, there are two different ways in which such a global consciousness could exist.
In the first possibility it’s some kind of external force like a divine being. As second possibility it could be something that emerges from the interactions of all life of Earth, just like the human consciousness emerges from the interactions of single neurons in the brains.
Let’s stay with the latter option, because the first one is too speculative. We don’t know how consciousness arises, so it’s a valid question to ask whether something like a meta-consciousness on planetary scale can already be present. It might consist of atomic simple consciousness working together so that they form the patterns which give rise to consciousness in general. In his book Gödel, Escher, Bach Douglas Hofstadter speculated that the interactions of single ants in an ant colony might bring forth a holistic ant colony consciousness. Could the same be claimed for the relation between humans and the whole of humanity?
As the case may be, this global consciousness of humanity or of nature doesn’t seem to be terribly sophisticated. Otherwise it would do a much better job at organizing life of this planet in a clearly purposeful way. Excessive violence and wars wouldn’t exist if this consciousness was sane and high-functioning.
On the other hand, this shortcoming of a hypothetical planetary consciousness could be interpreted as predicament that we need to overcome together. Our mission would be to shape this consciousness so that it gains the ability to solve problems on a planetary scale. Some attempts into this direction already have been made:
- Praying to imaginary deities in the hope that they are real and will turn the world into a better place (for you).
- Creating a planetary empire. (Every time this was tried it didn’t work as well as hoped.)
- The United Nations. (Without real supranational power they can’t work effectively.)
- Esoteric planetary sub/super-consciousness (quantum) mumbo jumbo.
In more recent times, some people (mostly the guys around the Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence) have thought about creating an artificial intelligence which could establish a new (better) world order. Eventually, in some decades perhaps, that might actually work. Depending on who really programs/builds/educates that artificial intelligence the outcome might be very good – or very bad.
A more organic way to awaken a planetary consciousness would be to amplify the interconnectedness of us all through means of technology. Some technologies, like the telegraph, the telephone, the internet, and smartphones already helped us to go into that direction quite a bit. Increasingly immersive communication technologies like augmented/virtual reality and neural interfaces will widen the bandwidth and scope of our planetary social interactions. Finally that might lead to a Singularity Of Connectedness, which could really result in a collective planetary hypermind.
Of course, both notions of facilitating a powerful global mind by technology could be combined. A planetary artificial intelligence could help a globally connected humanity to find unity and organize the world in a better way.
How Fairness Might Look Like
At the individual level, fairness seems to be about equality. But of course we don’t see that much genuine equality in the world. It’s quite obvious that some individuals have more resources than others. Some people seem to be luckier too.
Does your own human body care about fairness when it doles out resources like oxygen and sugar to its individual cells? To an extent, sure. When resources are abundant, there’s plenty for all, but even then the distribution isn’t perfectly equal. And when resources become scarce, the body will starve cells that are less important to its survival to divert more resources to the most crucial cells.
So the question is, are you an essential cell in the larger body of consciousness? Or are you superfluous? Well… look at the resources that life sends your way. Do you feel all your needs are well met — your physical needs, emotional needs, social needs, self esteem needs, etc? Are you a highly self-actualized individual? Or do you have strong unfulfilled cravings for things that are important to you? Have you possibly given up on meeting some of your needs? Are you flourishing or are you stuck?
If you’re struggling to get your needs met, that’s a hint and a half that life itself isn’t particularly concerned with your well-being. Don’t fret though if this describes your situation. It’s a problem that can be fixed. Just don’t try to fix it by clamoring and complaining — that doesn’t work and will often backfire.
This may not seem fair, but in a way it is reasonable. You may be a very nice, kind, and generous person, but if your focus is at the cellular level, you’re probably missing so much of the big picture that in the grand scheme of things, your contribution just doesn’t matter that much, at least not from the perspective of universal consciousness.
You may be doing what could just as easily be done by someone else, which means you’re highly expendable. You may be playing follow the follower. You may be genuinely helping, but only at the cellular level. You may be doing nothing much, which makes it easy to ignore you.
If you live in such a way that doesn’t really contribute much, don’t be too surprised if it seems like life is starving you for resources. After all, life doesn’t need you as much if you aren’t actively helping with its expansion and growth.
Consider the cells in your own body. You may scratch an itch on your arm and kill lots of cells in the process without even thinking about it. Individual skin cells just aren’t that important to your overall survival. But you’re less likely to scratch off a patch of critical brain cells. A cut on your finger is no cause for alarm, but a cut on your eyeball is something you’d do more to avoid. Your body is even designed to protect some parts more than others. If something flies at your face, you’ll automatically throw up your arms to protect your head. But you won’t normally use your head to protect your arms.
If the world was really fair, it would work the way that Steve describes here. People doing globally important things would not have to worry about getting enough food, and all the things they need to do to serve a greater purpose. Does that happen? Yes, if there is an established support structure (organizations which care about their important members), it really works. But if you do something terribly important and there’s no good way to monetize your activity, you are out of luck. And that’s not just a hypothetical situation. There are lots of people who are confronted with this issue.
How successful you are depends on whether you are good at selling yourself as being important. It’s all a question of self-marketing! If you can convince a sufficient number of wealthy people that you have something valuable to contribute, then you don’t need to worry about where your next meal comes from.
Certainly, if you are powerful enough you could get what you want by illegitimate or illegal means like blackmail, theft, or fraud. Your position of power makes successful counter-measures against your actions less likely, so why bother with playing the nice guy? Well, once you are out of luck and you lose your power, others will take revenge, and that won’t be nice for you. When you use unethical means, you are playing Russian roulette with your future chances!
Unfortunately, all these dynamics are hard to fit into the human body metaphor. This shows that it’s not a really truthful representation of reality.
What Does Consciousness Want?
[...] Universal consciousness is more concerned with the evolution of consciousness itself (our collective consciousness) as opposed to the fate of any individual human or even of humanity itself. Now the loss of humanity would probably be a setback, but consciousness may eventually recover in other forms.
What does consciousness really want? Like you and like your individual cells, it wants to get its needs met, and it wants to grow and evolve. But the level on which it’s capable of doing this goes way beyond what you’re capable of as an individual.
Look around at all the amazing — and accelerating — achievements of consciousness. It’s expanding in many directions simultaneously. Consider what’s evolving on earth. Humanity itself is becoming smarter and faster and more connected. And it’s having some health issues to deal with as well. And consciousness wants to keep going.
Every sequence of changes can be interpreted as some kind of evolution. Therefore, it’s rather problematic to claim that someone or something just wants to evolve. What does that mean exactly?
One way to interpret the “desire” of universal consciousness is that it aims at maximizing negentropy, which means a local decrease of entropy or chaos (that’s roughly what life tries to do all the time). Some degree of negentropy is required for life to emerge and to sustain itself. When considering the evolution of life on this planet it looks like there is a tendency to increased order over time – especially since technology and complex social structures were established by mankind.
Whether such a personification of a trend in nature is justified or not, it’s interesting to ask which forces facilitate this trend. In an evolutionary setting lifeforms and structures with high order seem to have a competitive advantage. Those who are better organized (on the cellular, individual, and social levels) win:
- Being well-organized on a cellular and intercellular level means being healthy.
- A high level of organization in your personal life makes it easier to be successful as individual.
- Being organized on a societal level means working for something bigger and more important than you.
Living Small or Living Large
[...] Imagine if a cell in your body said, I just want to eat food and reproduce like crazy. That might seem fun from his perspective, but then the larger body has a tumor to deal with. Send in the white blood cells.
If you feel like some greater force keeps knocking you back down every time you try to get ahead, you’re not imagining it. It really is knocking you back down, and it will continue to do so until you stop trying to get ahead like a cancer cell would. Have you ever noticed, for instance, that as soon as you try to make progress on cancer-like projects, you keep getting distracted, so your attention has to turn somewhere else?
The force that is really holding your back if you work on cancer-like projects is the lack of purpose such projects suffer from. You might think your own gain is a sufficient purpose, but as social beings humans only flourish fully if they work for the greater good. At least on a subconscious level, you might feel that you are on the wrong track if you only think about yourself. That thought will distract you and diminish your motivation.
Besides autonomy and mastery, purpose is one of the pillars of intrinsic motivation – according to Daniel H. Pink’s book Drive. In most variants of Self-Determination Theory relatedness takes the place of purpose, but in the current setting it is possible to argue with both purpose and relatedness as missing in personal-scope projects. No wonder that you feel knocked back down if you can’t use 100% of your motivation and potential on your personal goal.
Now imagine if an individual cell in your body said to you, “Wait a minute. I get it. I may be just a tiny cell, but I’m a part of this whole body. That’s cool. Is there anything I can do to help?”
What would you say to it? You might wonder what one conscious cell could do for your whole body. Not much most likely. But then you might think, What if this cell could wake up many others, and what if those cells could awaken still more? Eventually you could have a body filled with cells that were aware of the whole body and seeking to serve it. This would fix a lot of your problems. You’d have much better health for starters. Cancer wouldn’t be able to take root. Most diseases would be eradicated easily. You’d always be able to maintain your ideal weight.
So you might tell that one conscious cell, “Go around and wake up more cells. Gather them together. Then we’ll talk.”
Yeah, the best thing you can do is to start and keep up a chain reaction of raised consciousness. That will enable us to tackle global problems effectively.
Being a Conscious Human
A conscious cell is aware of the whole body and realizes that the body matters more than any individual cell. The cells are there to serve the evolution of the body and mind, not merely themselves. There’s obviously a connection between the good of the cells and the good of the body, but it’s easier to have a healthy body if on some level, the cells are aware that the body’s health is more important than their own. A cell that works against the health of the body is a disease cell.
A conscious human being is aware of the larger body of humanity and has a sense of a greater consciousness that’s unfolding and evolving at a much higher level than any individual human can.
There is value in the lower level perspective. It’s not a perspective to ignore but rather to integrate with the holistic perspective. For example, through relaxed meditative breathing, we can connect with the lower level perspective of our own cells. Breathe in. Breathe out. We’re getting plenty of oxygen. Life is good. This cellular level perspective can help to ground us. Many meditations are essentially about tuning back in to this cellular perspective, while other meditations involve expanding to a more holistic perspective. The ideal is to be able to consider all of these perspectives as valid.
Similar thoughts finally ended a phase of my life in which I thought that enlightened egoism is the best way to go. But that just wasn’t enlightened enough! By leaving out the rest of the world in my value considerations, I just restricted myself too much. I wanted to have everything, and as single human being I couldn’t have everything, no matter how successful and powerful I would become. Only by embracing and identifying with the totality of consciousness, all consciousness, I could really become unrestricted.
Regarding the validity of different perspectives: Yes, they are all valid. And it’s useful to have access to many different perspectives, so that you can choose the best for the current goal at hand.
Living your life as a part of humanity will take your experience to a level that’s far beyond life as an individual human being. Even if your intention is to help people, try expanding it to a vision of helping humanity, as if humanity itself is a conscious entity. It’s a whole different level of being.
Now what I’m seeing is that the gathering phase is well underway. Many years ago, it seemed like conscious people were very isolated. Now they’re coming together in bigger and bigger groups. I’m involved in multiple groups of this nature, and it seems like every few months I’m hearing about new groups forming. The conscious humans are clustering, and these clusters are growing larger and more organized. It’s as if new organs are incubating with the larger body of humanity. Something is definitely happening, and it’s a wondrous thing to behold.
Consequently, while I know some people are worried about where humanity is headed, I’m not worried at all. In fact, I’m excited about it. I have the privilege of being able to see what many of these conscious people are up to, and they’re starting to create transformational ripples. If you’re reading this article, then these ripples have already reached you, and you’re being impacted by them.
We certainly live in interesting times. Thinking you help both, individuals, and all of humanity, or even all of life, at the same time is one of the best boosts for purpose and motivation.
How that problem can be solved is far from clear. If we decide democratically, minorities might suffer from the decisions of the majority immensely. If all of us are required to agree unanimously, we might need to wait until the end of the universe before some decision is really made. And if we choose another modus of making decisions, the question arises which basic values and mechanisms to rely on, and whether they are fair or reasonable.
Perhaps the simplest way I can explain what’s happening is that humanity’s Power has been increasing by leaps and bounds, and now its alignment with Truth and Love desperately need to catch up. Otherwise humanity will eventually crash and burn. For instance, the first atomic bombs were dropped only 66 years ago, yet now we must somehow ensure that they’re never used on a global scale, not even 1000 years from now. One serious mistake or lapse during any minute that we have nukes, and it’s a major setback for us all. That’s a tall order that cannot be satisfied at the cellular level of consciousness. We’ve had too many close calls already (see the documentary Countdown to Zero for details on that). The larger body of humanity is aware of this challenge, and it recognizes that we need more people who are Truthful, Loving, and Powerful to deal with this existential threat.
Of course, the first nukes really showed that we need to keep a cool head as whole of humanity, if we don’t want to live in a post-apocalyptic desert. But what really made a huge difference to thinking about our role in this world were the first pictures of our planet which were taken from space! Seeing that single sphere surrounded by the blackness of outer space, only protected by an astonishingly thin atmosphere, popularized the notion that we have to care about the whole of our planet, and not just a single group we accidentally belong to.
Nuclear war is not the only existential threat. If a huge asteroid, a gamma ray burst, or a malevolent alien civilization hit us, we would be pretty dead, too. Terrorists using biotechnology, and in the future molecular nanotechnology, will pose a hard to control threat to all of us. Also, any superhuman artificial intelligence would be a potential threat to the continuation of classical biological life on this planet. While some of these threats are more likely than other, all of them need to be addressed. The Lifeboat Foundation is one of the first organizations which take those risks really seriously and tries to safeguard us from them. Surely, it could need some more cells and sugar
Crises That Can Wake Us Up
As I’ve seen in my own life, this higher level consciousness is clearly listening. Somehow it can perceive the level at which we’re thinking, and it responds in kind. If you keep thinking at the cellular level, this higher consciousness will keep trying to wake you up. You may lose your job and other possessions, for instance, until you finally realize that those things don’t matter. We have more important things to deal with right now.
[...] For those who are stuck at the cellular level of thinking, I suspect that life is going to become increasingly difficult for you. You’re going to see your worries, fears, and frustrations magnified. Life will seem to be getting worse. It may seem like important aspects of society are falling apart around you. This is happening for a reason though. These old systems are going to be dismantled. That’s actually a good thing. They’ll be replaced with better things.
For instance, you may be worried about debt, either your own or your country’s or someone else’s. But from the larger perspective of humanity, debt is meaningless. Humanity really doesn’t care if our financial system collapses or not. In fact, it may be better for it to collapse and be replaced by something else. So if you’re really attached to the current system and the money in your bank, you may get scared. But if you’re looking at the big picture, you’ll probably feel excited instead.
Can a higher consciousness make us lose our jobs and possessions? If it consists of the interactions of all us then certainly yes. I think our current day crises result from the dominance of cellular level thinking. Once we really arrive at holistic thinking, we clearly recognize the insufficiency and the problems of our current systems.
Our real challenge lies in imagining, creating, and living new systems which serve the purposes of the whole world well. Can we replace our money based economy with something more sophisticated? Can we update education to the next level? Can we overcome nationalistic thinking and see ourselves as united world citizens? Can we find good ways to respect and support non-human life? The answers to these questions will determine how our future will look like.
Be willing to lose what doesn’t matter, so we can all gain what does matter. Jobs don’t matter, but creativity does. Paying our bills doesn’t matter, but keeping our bodies healthy does. Getting good grades in school doesn’t matter, but preserving and passing on our collective knowledge does. Start reorganizing your life around what matters, and be willing to shed what doesn’t.
What keeps us from focusing on what really matters is fear, mostly. We fear that some of the other stuff really matter a lot, so we stick to it. Letting go seems like a risky endeavor, but it’s the only way to live our lives fully.
When you align yourself with this higher level consciousness, abundance will flow through your life with relative ease. However, this type of abundance will be universal level abundance, not human level abundance. It doesn’t mean you’ll necessarily have more money, a more luxurious home, or more possessions. That kind of stuff just doesn’t matter and represents artificial needs, not real needs. This level of abundance means that you’ll be experiencing the benefits of being in a healthier body. You’ll get more of what really matters — more growth opportunities, more love, more joy, more inner peace.
When you align yourself with a global consciousness, some of your current friends might think you have gone nuts. Let them think what they want. Focus on that what really counts regardless.
Aligning With Higher Level Desires
In order to tap into this greater flow of abundance, you have to tap into higher level desires.
First, recognize that your human level goals are beginning to bore you. No matter how important you try to make them, you can’t get motivated to work on them. You just can’t get that worked up about making money beyond a certain point. People may tell you it’s important to have specific financial goals, but when you try to do this for yourself, it makes you feel yucky inside. You can’t get motivated to work on those kinds of goals. They don’t inspire you. And so you procrastinate and then beat yourself up. It’s time to end this cycle. It’s time to re-align your desires with something that actually matters to you. You can set better goals than the human equivalent of stockpiling oxygen and sugar.
That’s true. Whenever I’ve seen no greater purpose in what I’ve doing, I felt quite unmotivated. A lack of autonomy, mastery, or purpose can be thoroughly demotivating. It can make feel us like slaves. Even being a very well paid slave is still just a slave. To become free, we need to reorganize our lives so that they are more in alignment with the needs of the world and our personal needs for autonomy, mastery and purpose.
Stop thinking about what you want for yourself as an individual. Start thinking about what you want for humanity as a whole.
[...]What do you want for humanity itself? Where would you like to see this larger body go during your lifetime and beyond?
Do you want us to clean up the planet? Explore outer space? Improve our educational systems? Stop fighting wars?
Let yourself dream about what’s possible for humanity. Notice that these dreams are much more impressive than anything you could possibly do as an individual.
Become a billionaire? Who cares? Start a charity? Big deal. Discover a new planet? Nice try. When will you be ready to work on a real goal, a goal for humanity itself?
Now we are getting to the really interesting part! Think at the highest level possible and set a new course for all of this world! Friedrich Nietzsche bemoaned that humanity does not have a real goal. He was really fed up with cellular level thinking. What goal do you want humanity to have?
The best part is that you don’t even need to figure this out yourself. All you need to do is wake up to this higher level perspective, and then simply ping this universal consciousness to tell it you’re awake and ready to serve. Ask it for guidance, and guidance will come.
Just be aware that universal consciousness is frakkin powerful. It’s way more powerful than human level consciousness. When you tap into this resource and align yourself with it, your life is going to speed up. At first it may seem like drinking from a firehouse. It will take some time to get used to it.
If you feel that the flow is too much for you, you can ask it to slow down. I do this all the time. When I’m feeling overwhelmed, I say to the universe aloud, “Okay… this is too fast. Let’s slow this down for a week or two and give me a chance to catch my breath.” Then when I’m ready, I ask it to speed up again.
It’s interesting that channeling a greater consciousness serves us well for getting in touch with our true and great desires, and for amplifying the intensity of life. Even if you don’t believe in some religion or esoteric stuff, “contacting” the universe is a good idea! Just think that you contact that subconscious part of your mind which is responsible for feeling connected with everything. Our subconscious is an incredibly great resource. It would be a waste not to use it properly. Nietzsche got it right: “There is more intelligence in your body than in your best wisdom.”
Lately I’ve been holding off on setting specific goals for myself. Instead I’ve been saying to the universe, “Bring me what you want me to work on, and also please bring me whatever you know I need for optimal health, happiness, and flow.” And then I do my best to remain open-minded and detached from outcomes. I let the universal consciousness guide me instead of having to set specific goals and intentions. I still have an intention, but it’s simply to do what’s best for humanity as a whole.
Partly I’m doing this because I’ve reached the point where any individual-level goal would bore me, and I wouldn’t be able to motivate myself to work on it. I just don’t care that much about oxygen and sugar to make it the central focus of my life. So I’m willing to risk things like losing my money, losing my home, having my relationships disrupted, etc. just for the opportunity to see where this flow leads. And yet somehow when I move past this fear of losing stuff, I seem to gain much more than I lose. As far as meeting my human needs goes, they’re all nicely satisfied and then some. Bloodstream Marketing just can’t compare.
That’s a pretty radical lifestyle, but I clearly see its merit. It sounds like a form of trance or ecstasy. It’s a no-compromise path to full life. Following it, even if just for a little while, can feel thoroughly exhilarating.
Holistic Level Business
Last year I uncopyrighted all my blog posts and podcasts, so you have just as much ownership of this article as I do. From a cellular level, that might seem like a foolish decision. But that isn’t the level at which I made the decision. What does a copyright mean to humanity? Of course it’s meaningless. What would you think if one of your cells tried to patent the Krebs Cycle? Silly cells…
[...] I think my business actually works better because I don’t manage it with a cellular mindset. Millions of people have been drawn to my work, and it’s been translated into more languages than I can track. People keep sharing it, with or without my permission. New opportunities keep showing up. Money keeps flowing. Everything works. Well, aside from my web server, which I may have to upgrade yet again due to traffic growth. But that’s a good problem to have, isn’t it?
Why does my business work? Because it’s not really a business. It’s a service, not primarily for individual humans, but for humanity itself. The purpose is to help enough people wake up and live more consciously, so that humanity itself may continue to survive and thrive. And by performing this service for humanity, it takes care of all my needs. It’s really good at it too. I barely have to lift a finger to attend to such things. I rather appreciate that.
[...] Recently I’ve been listening to an audiobook about the history of Google. Google began as a fairly idealistic company with the grand mission of organizing and providing access to all the world’s information. Does that sound like an individual level goal or a goal for humanity itself? Of course Google has since become a giant, besting all other search companies. Interestingly, one of the reasons it succeeded is because it attracted some of the brightest minds in the world, people who were inspired by its mission and who would not have worked for the company if it was just about the money. You could say that humanity diverted the best resources to Google because Google’s mission served the best interests of humanity. In fact, Google has helped to create a smarter, more self-aware humanity.
[...] The irony is that companies that care less about quarterly returns and more about service to humanity can often achieve amazing growth. Why? Because humanity wants those companies to succeed. It sends them whatever resources they need to succeed.
Notice which companies appear to be serving the expansion and evolution of humanity and which are only here to serve themselves and their stockholders. If you were a genius, which kind of company would you want to work for? If you were humanity itself, which companies would you support? Which would you ignore? Which would you wish to tear down or transform? Now what kind of company do you currently work for?
I really love these progressive enterprises. They are simply better for all. At this moment in history, the chances for awakened entrepreneurs are greater than ever. Why? It’s simple: The internet made it possible to translate holistic thinking into holistic business. And the internet gets more and more sophisticated while it still grows and stretches to reach every human being on this planet.
Wake up! There’s a new Renaissance going on out there! Be a part of it!
But will we finally be able to resolve our last remaining differences and turn this world into a great place to live for everyone? If life is a game, that might be its main story question.
So, I ask again: What goal do you want humanity to have?