human nation

A borderless world, a human nation, a global patria*, a world government.

These terms will attract you either fervent supporters or legions of enemies, but they are part of the steamroller of history. There is an inevitability to them.

Zoltan Istvan predicts, in an essay I recently reviewed, that non-invasive “brainwave headsets” could allow people to communicate meanings by thought, forming a new kind of dialogue crossing all language barriers. Today, the closest thing to this is the translation apps and services used via our phones and our computers.

While privacy proponents, usually counting me among them, would see the idea of brainwave headsets as threatening and a potential aid to tyranny, I make an exception here. The only reason surveillance is bad is that it is myopic, tied to narrow national security thinking. A technology that destroy barriers and dissolves states would change society so dramatically for the better, creating the global human patria history has driven us towards, that the menace of surveillance would subside with such change in itself.

The Abrahamic religious texts, most notably the Bible’s Book of Genesis, state that humans were once a common community with a common language. God, namely the intellect behind the course of the universe and history, is reported to have subverted this common language in punishment of the insulting act of trying to reach heaven using the physical means of the Tower of Babel. The immense tower had been possible by all humanity cooperating, so God divided humans to end this work.

Science would concur that humans sprang from the same ancestral, common community. Historical forces explain why different languages exist, rather than the work of God. Even the most devout know languages evolved over time and all eventually die out. The very need to translate the Bible from ancient languages and create multiple versions is proof enough for them that English didn’t always exist, therefore the Tower story of why different languages exist must be metaphor.

If one accepts that God’s will simply refers to the will of history, as it does in the parables in Genesis – and God’s will has no end in mind except what you see before you, then God wants humans to return to a common language or at least a common understanding. If God had a hand in creating the world religions, this is even more evidence of a will to unify the human nation, as each world religion set about trying to unite the world spiritually.

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* Patria refers to a homeland where you enjoy your maximum available rights and liberties

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