At the deepest level our impending self-inflicted demise comes about because we are basically just very clever apes. An ape can prune a small branch and insert it into a termite mound thereby obtaining a tasty snack. With our even larger brains we can insert a pipe into the earth and obtain the energy of a half-billion years of stored sunlight. We are intelligent. What we are not however is wise. We do not consider the long term consequences of our actions. We do not consider the overall effects of our actions on the wider human and natural systems in which they are embedded. Professor Ugo Bardi has defined this mental attribute as sapience .
Our planet is being rapidly drive over the brink because the level of intelligence which controls its actions is simply that of a clever, but selfish and infinitely greedy, ape. In whatever time remains to us we must maximally develop our capacity for sapience. The existing power structure of the planet MUST be swiftly and irrevocably replaced by sapient humans.
How? That is not an easy question to answer, but answered it must be considering the alternative. To do this we must first establish responsibility. Who or what is fundamentally responsible for our plight. Forget the politicians. In an oligarchic society they are simply "hired help." Money animates the human world. This is not a good thing. Consider the Bible, which states unambiguously in Timothy 6:10 ""For the love of money is the root of all evil"" That same source has Jesus displaying real anger on only one occasion--against the money changers of the Jerusalem Temple. Just try to imagine how our Wall Street gangster bankers, "banksters", would have fared"
As far as human beings are concerned, therefore, the moneymen--the "banksters" of Wall Street, The City in London, and other global banking centers are at ground zero as the causal agents of our predicament. However, even if they were all dragged off in individual tumbril carts (Google it) to well-deserved executions, and better people were put in charge of our financial system, nothing fundamental would change. This is because it is our financial system itself which is ultimately at fault. An economic system centered upon money based upon debt is at the root of our rapidly impending doom.
Interesting, there is nothing more American than money that is NOT based upon debt. In fact Brittan's forcing their debt based currency on the American colonies in the 1760's was the precipitating cause of the American Revolution. If you do not know about this, read this article on Colonial Script . During the Civil War Abraham Lincoln did something similar by issuing Greenback Dollars . And then there is "hard money" gold and silver currency mostly. The fundamental point is that money, however conceived as a store of value, cannot be based upon debt. Incentives against hoarding it, and in favor of spending it (letting it circulate so that others may benefit from it), are critical as well. Our concept of money must be fundamentally rethought. If we do that, all else about our political economy will change fundamentally as well. Our trajectory towards doom is altered. If we fail to do that...we die, as I've discussed just above.
We must be prepared for instant action when the precipitant event which will crash the existing system occurs. Near term possibilities include economic collapse, a sudden and hugely dramatic environmental catastrophe, or blundering into a devastating war, probably for oil. I don't have specifics, we simply need to do a lot of thinking and learning and growing, so that when the moment comes, sapience can wrest control of humanity's disastrous trajectory and steer us to an unknown but hopeful future.
If you are thinking that that would take a miracle, you might be right. Leaving aside unfalsifiable religious ideas on that subject, there just might be a falsifiable, scientific miracle. Recent experiments by quantum physicists have shown that the "future" can affect the "past". While this sounds nonsensical, remember that our minds evolved to allow us to find food and mates while avoiding becoming something else's dinner. The Universe, or more properly, the multiverse, is infinitely more wondrous and complex than that. Rather than expound on this research and its significance to the resolution of our sorry plight here, I direct the interested reader to a posting on this topic I wrote recently. It can be accessed HERE . Quoting myself from that article, I assert:
My own take on all of this [scientific research findings] is that unknowably far in the future of the Cosmos, Life, in the form of the ultimate civilization, manifesting the ultimate degree of emergence , encompassed everything. The victory of consciousness over matter, and its quantum foam underpinnings, was then complete.
I conclude from all of this that, as bleak as our present sometimes seems to be, as bleak as events in our near future will likely be, we should always go forward trying to do what we believe to be right. Those actions which are supportive of Life--all life, not just human life--those actions which are supportive of fairness, justice, equality, contribute towards the consolidation of a deep emergence which will win out against entropy, decay, dissolution, death, in the end. We just don't know how, or when--nor would we want to know, as that would negate free will.
There may well be a Universal Life Force which is reaching out to us. If so, let us embrace it. If you want to think of this force a being God, or the Christ, the Messiah, the Mahdi, The Buddha, the Tao, benevolent ET's, or just plain emergent fortune, that's fine too. It's now or never for life on Earth! We don't get a second chance if we screw this up"