While I would sincerely LOVE to believe that Humanity WILL reach the stars and expand beyond our little blue marble, I find that until we can rewire our brains and rid ourselves of greed, bigotry, and several other self destructive habits we will stay captive to this solar system. We have the POTENTIAL to conquer the Galaxy(scientifically speaking). Historically we have risen above many and various problems that have plagued us. Yet just when it seems we are about to break from our mental bondange one group or another comes forth and begins to denounce knowledge and learning as heretical and convinces a large swathe of humanity to join in their idiocy. Such as the destruction of the Library of Alexandria...twice, the Inquisitions, WWII, just to name a few examples. Can we rise above our animalistic nature? Yes. Will we? That is to be seen. As far as the 3-4000 year time line put forth... I believe that we will either destroy ourselves completely or break free of our self imposed bondage within the next 500 years.
“The story so far:
In the beginning the Universe was created.
This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.” .
We're a complex viral infection that kills, eats, and ****s anything we come into contact with, which will result in the destruction of our planet, and ultimately ourselves.
I love the NSA. It's like having a secret fan-base you will never see, but they're there, watching everything you write and it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside knowing that I may be some person's only form of unconstitutional entertainment one night.
"Advocates of capitalism are apt to appeal to the sacred principles of liberty, which are embodied in one maxim: the fortunate must not be restrained in the exercise of tyranny over the unfortunate." - Bertrand Russell
It's depressiing, but a logical, objective observation of the species supports this statement. I also think that we will likely kill the planet within a few hundred years. The life support system is going to collide headfirst with excessive population density and bone-headed stupidity. The bone-headed stupidity is magnified by greed and the for profit motive of the World powers and Corporatist/Capitalist lack of liability for environmental destruction. We have to maintain a life-supporting ecological infrastructure to survive. Do you see much of that around you? I perceive and incessant destruction of that infrastructure, but it's not the fault of the Businesses doing the damage because they legally avoid liability. That is what the Corporate structure is designed to do. Seen any Japan nuke meltdowns lately? Radiated fish? Global Warming? Artic ice melt? I honestly don't mean to be depressing, but desire to state the obvious.
A think a version of tribalism is pretty accurate. It has always been about "us" and "them", it just depends on the situation. It typically is geographic but we have extended that on to things like politics, wealth and sports.
I like him, you hate him; therefore, I hate you. "The enemy of my enemy is my friend." All that yadda, yadda, yadda.
When the aliens* start attacking, we will probably band together as a world. And when some galactic empire* starts attacking our galactic empire, we'll be in there pulling for out side. Go team!
* The above comment does not confirm or refute the existence or lack of existence of aliens or galactic empires.
We're an interesting bunch, to say the least. There's assholes, good people, greedy people, nigh-selfless people, etc. I have a positive view of humanity, and don't see a reason to that "I hate humanity" nonsense which is usually fueled by disgust for the actions of people who are by far in the minority.
"I am not among those who fear the people. They and not the rich, are our dependence for continued freedom." -- Thomas Jefferson, 1816 "[F]acts are before ideas." -- Mikhail Bakunin, 1882