If that's the way evolution is to proceed, we can expect a short, but
violent ride, I'm afraid. Relying on "sound moral principle and appropriate
science/technology" is, IMHO, wishful thinking. With increased competition
for diminishing resources, moral principles will be flying out of the
window, if they have not already done so. I agree that the human race will
be able to evaluate the effects of its behaviour, but the time delays of
natural systems is such that there may not be enough time to respond. I'm
not as pessimistic as Richard Duncan, and don't expect that humankind will
regress into an Olduvai-type society, but it won't be pretty. Hopefully, the
Lord will intervene in time, before we descend too far into the abyss.
From: Howard J. Van Till [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Saturday April 14, 2001 8:18 AM
To: James W Stark; asa
Subject: Re: The Future of Evolution
Jim Stark wrote:
"The Jesus movement requires intentional change. If we do not intentionally
change, we will probably destroy life on this earth. The future of
evolution is to insert intentional change into the process."
Another way to look at it: Until recently, evolution could be characterized
as a happening (something that took place without its participants
self-consciously making decisions about the future course of the process).
From here on, however, evolution will be more like a performance. The human
race is now able to evaluate the effects of its behavior on the future
course of the global ecosystem. This performance will either be done well
(employing sound moral principles and appropriate science/technology) or it
will be done poorly, perhaps even self-destructively.
Howard Van Till
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