Iaian Vernier's Memoir
Chapter 11. A Work in Progress
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In my own time science has come together to guide us on the issue of population stability and intellectual functionality in an increasingly abstract world of scientific technologies. Today (2284) no ideological or religious crusades disrupt clarity of thought with regard to the major issues of human concern.
The unification process produced the next question, what should the language of humankind be? Too much Tower of Babel in the world many of our judges thought. Language differences eventually lead to the division of the world into competing nationalistic ideologies. Rome existed for over a thousand years with one language. Greek was then surely a powerful and universal intellectual ancillary language.
During the Geneva period English was the language of the World Society. Neither Chinese nor Spanish could compete with English as the language of scholarship, capital, and science. As the international classic language, English does not preclude the existence of other national and ethnic languages close to home.
The larger question of the Nairobi period was the fear of a great material and symbolic innovation that could disrupt the relative calm and cohesiveness ← 69 | 70 →achieved in the previous fifty to seventy-five years. In my own time, at the end of the twenty-third century, we have achieved a critical reduction of our planet’s population, from c. 5.5 billion in 2150 to c. 3.5 billion in 2284, 134 years of nature’s enforced slimming according to policies agreed upon by the bulk of nationalities assenting to...
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