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Aaron Pillar

Technical Writer, Deluxe Media

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Humans may need to leave Earth to survive extinction. Is cultural homogenization necessary for us to achieve the means to facilitate this?

It's hard enough to get countries to align on policy just living on Earth, and many times it doesn't happen. Additionally, the double edged sword is that we want to align on certain items, yet regarding other items we want to retain cultural distinction (and both of these aspirations are perceived as appropriate!). Humans are deeply attached to their unique identity among humanity, and the unending parade of wars exemplifies this. So regarding my question, most people enormously underestimate the level of global cooperation that will be needed to lift all of humanity off the planet and sustain it elsewhere. But if in, say, one thousand years, brought on by technological advancements birthed in the current few hundred years we're in the middle of, we all end up light brown and all part of one global culture ("I'm from Earth, Sector 824"), where countries are extinct, then maybe the psychological foundation of the unified cultural identity that I think we'll need for space colonization will be in place, and we can then do it. Without this change, I personally don't see it happening. What do you think?


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Hi Deepak, thanks for replying. I don't know, you may be right, though consciously I tend to stick to the tangible things in my life. So... when I wrote my question, I was only thinking about the science of stars and planets, and that the sun will eventually burn through its fuel (like all the stars do) and then expand, swallowing the nearby planets (including Earth), etc. So, if we're still around at that point, where we weren't already destroyed by ourselves or something else, there'll be a lot of cooperation needed in leveraging the technology to get off Earth in time. Anna Kazcorowska (below) mentioned focusing on what brings us together. I think that will be more crucial than anyone can imagine.

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    Jun 22 2013: I am a die-hard 'diversityist'. In my opinion, homogenization leads to death and servitude. Now, more directly to your thought provoking question, I do not think it necessary, nor desirable, to colonize space with a homogenized populace. I see it this way: In the last 1000 years or so we have advanced tremendously technologically, but have barely moved in our fundamental social structures, our relation and consideration towards one another, our 'class' distinctions (just moved it from birth to economic standing), or our tolerance for differentiating views. We still cannot consider an alternate (better) solution - no matter how minor - and implement it on a social scale. It is not, therefore to me, that we need to be 'all the same' to have social success, whether here or elsewhere. It is that we need to develop our interpersonal, relational, social structural skills and techniques at least as much as we have developed our technological ability. Then I feel, we will embrace our diversity, our different contributory points of view, and see our now 'expanded' multi-faceted vision as the key to our survival as a species.

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