Humanity has had quite a journey, and it’s not even close to being over. Physically, we started out, where, in Europe? Christopher Columbus journeyed here and took over the native people that were here. We have gone from a monarchy to a democracy to monarchy…. now some places are under one form of government with others under another. Humanity has experienced empires, both formal and informal, like the Hans Chinese Empire; as well as superpowers like the Russia and the American Empires.
Psychologically, we have started to accept all types of people. Women and people of colour have the right to vote and people have started to accept homosexuality as being a way of life and not a choice. Our mentality is forever changing and improving; for example, we have come to realise the world is not flat and is actually round. We now know that the planets don’t revolve around the earth, but rather the sun. We realize that we aren’t the center of the universe, but we could be. Who knows?
The thing is, we don’t. We don’t know a lot of things still, and there are many issues where we actually have an abundance of things that we can improve on. Our world is constantly evolving and us with it. Where may we be in 3, 5, 10 years?
How much of space will we have explored? Is it really the final frontier, or will we find a new frontier for us to explore. Maybe, we will have found another planet capable of sustaining human life. We could be living on another planet in 10 years, or at least travelling to it. Could we devise a new type of government in the next few years? If so, we could have a government that is neither a democracy or a monarchy.
As far as mentalities go, I hope that we will continue to progress in our acceptance of all of humanity, whether a person is male, female, transgender, gay, straight, asexual, black, white, Asian, etc. I hope that we will continue to improve on equality and fairness between people and that we will let go of discriminatory behavior.
And of course, there are always discoveries that we cannot predict happening. For example, just today, scientists announced that in as little as 2 years, it may be possible for same-sex couple to be able to have biological children together. (For more information, click here.)
The only thing that we can say about where we are going is that we are going forward. It is like walking with a blindfold on. We can’t see if we are going to be hit by a huge obstacle or if we are going to fall into a deep pit. We can try to make it so we don’t crash and burn by planning, as if holding our hands out in front of us to feel what’s coming; we can take it slow, try to figure out what will happen before it does, like finding the ground before transferring our weight forwards. But in reality, we aren’t going to know what’s ahead of us until we move forwards.
We are going forwards.