Iaian Vernier's Memoir
Chapter 2. Into the Tunnel
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We believe that the past 150 years have constituted a revolution for the human race. This revolution and the goals that we have set are hardly concluded. We have a long way to go before the leadership of international and national governments and among the scientists, technologists, businesses and independent groupings of citizens can declare our ‘mission accomplished.’ In reality it never will be. As I will discuss, human nature and its future direction and development will always be a mystery.
We do not fully understand the meaning of our evolutionary burst into biological dominance nor the relationship of this evolutionary position in terms of its social meaning. How can we live together in cultural units with symbolic differences and yet maintain a peaceful momentum of change, cultural and social—our plan’s item G.
What we have learned so far was, of course, stimulated by the catastrophic social dynamics of approximately three centuries of disaster and progress—the twentieth, twenty-first, and half of the twenty-second century. Our historians have been squabbling, almost without a break, in attempting not only to describe the nature of the events, among which were scientific, technological, ← 7 | 8 →medical progress, arts of great depth, continuing worldwide bloodletting, war, terror, genocides seemingly without end. Of course amidst this cascade towards disaster were the ideological pretensions of those in power, their hallucinatory declamations, and the high living that juiced their self-serving spiel.
The outcome was a breakdown of existing worldwide policy...
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