From a scientific perspective, I would argue that if humanity is to survive the great challenges of the third millennium, we shall have to innovate as never before.
Stephen Hawking once wrote that he did not think the human race would survive the next thousand years, unless we spread into space. There are too many accidents that can befall life on a single planet.
Like Stephen, I am an optimist, Jason. We will reach out to the stars. I commend such an approach to everyone reading 'The Third' today. Three cheers from kleines c and the gang (Friday afternoon tea)!
" ... Occupy have a new squat in Hackney, the revolution continues.... as to humanity, all species go extinct, why not humans ?"
I suspect that we are currently undergoing a mass extinction, so in an evolutionary timescale, we have already reached Apocalypse now anyway. The best bet, therefore, is to enjoy what remains of our lives. I suppose that one pertinent question which I can ask is what should I do about it?
Well, with well over seven billion other people on the planet Earth, mainly in an urban rather than a rural environment, there is not actually that much that I can individually do about a mass extinction. Of course, from a reproductive point of view, it might be a good idea if I do not produce too many offspring, but to be honest, all the babes are unwilling to give kleines c much say in the matter.
I suppose that one thing I can usefully do is to make the megacity a success in the twenty-first century. Of course, London hardly qualifies, but as I am a Londoner, it is as good a place as any in which to start. The best bet, in my view, is the World Routes Prom, Jason! Together, we shall yet save the world!