I had a discussion earlier on a thread on Facebook concerning the future of humanity. Some people asserted that we will eventually understand every mystery of the universe – but will we truly?
Right now the human race is growing rapidly, both in population and in technology; both are equally scary. Will we grow to the point where sustainability is not feasible? Will we not be able to feed ourselves? The opposite end holds technology; will we be able to combat the rising problems of population growth with science? Will science, in it’s steady progression, become a danger to us itself? Will we become too dependent on it? Or will we, in our fight against ourselves, use it to unleash untold destruction on a corner of the world who happens to disagree with us? These thoughts trouble me to no end.
If I had to have a direct answer to the question posed above, I would have to say that we are on course to wiping ourselves out. Unless we can overcome our petty differences of nationality, religion, ethnic group, etc., we will not make it to the planets and beyond. But I still have hope; hope that we will come to see the importance of joining together as one, making a collective effort to establish a better future for our civilization. With this comes new frontiers – new places to explore and understand.
To answer the question of “will we understand every mystery of the universe?”, I would have to say no. Because, if that day ever comes, we humans will stop being curious, and we would no longer hold the crux of what makes us who we are: Sailers on a becalmed sea, sensing a stirring of a breeze. We are adventurers.