The Year 2320
By Lucas Horton
I had this experience some time ago. It was strange, very strange. I have struggled to write about it for reasons which are explained below; nonetheless the experience has given me a deeper understanding of reality and of our place in the universe. But just as this vision of the future has now taken months for me to begin to comprehend, it takes time and considerable effort to set it down in a coherent fashion, so please bear with me.
What happened to me was that I was taken 300 years into the future. I perceived it as a spiritual experience, but it is more accurate to say that the full experience was planted in me as a seed and it has continued to unfold.
So, 2320 - some three hundred years from now.
Firstly let me say that this future, as it has developed in my understanding, is one that I would be very happy to live in. I also now realise that part of the point of the experience is for me to allow this future to unfold in me so that it brings about changes in the present. For it is making the connection between this current existence and that future existence, like an illuminated path connecting these two realities and guiding me along the way I should be travelling. This new understanding brings both a sense of peace and a sense of purpose which seems wholly beneficial. Maybe it will help others as well.
One aspect of this experience that has been convincing to me has been both unexpected and difficult to understand. To illustrate how difficult it is to describe and understand something that is initially beyond one’s understanding one only has to look back 300 years into the past.
In 1720, Sir Isaac Newton was heralding in the scientific revolution with his understanding of the universe. Even so, great mind that he was, he knew nothing about the concepts of quantum physics, DNA, mobile phones, the internet, airplanes, spaceships and all the hundred and one things that we take for granted three hundred year later. In the next three hundred years, the pace of change is likely to be significantly greater, so we should not be surprised that we can only glimpse a small part of this future reality. I am certainly no Isaac Newton, so if at times my understanding seems a bit hazy as I take you through my story, please just bear with me. By the time you get to the end I hope I will have been able to convey some of it to you.
The best way that I can describe this world of 2320 is to focus on three specific aspects of our life. It is the interaction of all these three aspects that forms a completely different culture to what we have today. And yet all these aspects have their roots in the developing understandings of today.
Firstly, it is the concept and status of the sovereign human individual and all that it implies. In 2320 we know who we are, we know why we are and we know where we are going.
Secondly, it is the changing role and structure of the human community, which includes politics, how we govern ourselves, and the virtual disappearance of the nation state with the rise of the Human Foundation.
Lastly, it is about a technology that is very different from what we have today: a technology that facilitates the spread of humanity across the fifty star systems that exist within fifteen light years of Earth.
All these aspects are inter-related but all have their origins in today’s world, existing as they do behind the clamour and noise of everyday life.
It could be said that the future I experienced was only one of many possible futures, but, as you will see, this particular future is one that offers hope, direction and inner peace. It is possible that the more people that experience it and believe in it as a possibility, the more likely it is to come into reality.
2320 and the Sovereign Individual
The first aspect that hit me straight away was that most people had the general understanding about the purpose of being human: what we are and why we were created. What has emerged or evolved is what I would call the concept of the Sovereign Individual.
All Equal, All Unique.
This most basic point is that we are all equal because we all have a spark of the divine in us. This divine spark in each of us is indivisible, different, but of equal status. This divine spark is interwoven into and is at the core of our individuality: the essential me, the essential you. It is where our equality and our diversity comes from. Because we are all equal we are required to respect each other, whether we like each other or not. It is this understanding about the need to respect each other even though we may disagree with each other which is the stark difference to human civilisation today.
A lack of respect for each other is viewed as being seriously unbalanced and attracting public and private censure. It is like the concept of slavery, once viewed as being acceptable, but now universally understood as being beneath the minimum standards of humanity.
We are not defined by what we believe, what group we may be part of, be it birth country, gender or any other characteristic. We are human before we are American or British or Chinese. We are human before we are male or female or somewhere in between. We are human before we are part of any other group.
Being human then is what unites us, all of humanity.
This is most starkly seen when we connect with other life forms in the universe. Being human is more than having two legs, two arms and a head at the top of our body. Other creatures grown and evolved on other worlds have different body plans, different physical characteristics, but they have the same content of this divine spark that both makes us different but which at the same time makes us equal. It makes us brothers and sisters and all shades in between whatever planet we come from, a theme that I will return to in a later edition of this newsletter.
Support for the principles of uniqueness and diversity of the individual are at the core of the Foundation. I may have talents as an architect, a philosopher, a gardener and have no talent as a chef, a musician or a therapist. It is these aspects of our life where we increasingly work together collaboratively based on these uniquely inspired talents in what become known as the Houses. More about Houses and the Foundation
On the Horizon
The other pictorial image that came to me as key is that human beings were created to live on the horizon of life, master of what is below and open to what is above.
We are masters of what is below by being bold, active, curious and courageous; and we are open to what is above by letting go and being open to Grace, being surrendered in the face of the divine.This is the key to finding our place in the universe for it is the evolutionary understanding about what it is to be a physical being and what it is to be a spiritual being. How to be both, for this is how we were made.
This is how it is with us when we try to make sense of our physical existence and why we are always searching for something deeper, something beyond the confines of our physical lives. But the physical, the material, gives us needs, which fuel our desires, and are the imperative for sustaining and developing our lives. But this is never enough, there is always something more.
Being open to Grace and the divine is the something more.
It is a common anxiety about Artificial Intelligence in the 2020’s that somehow computers will develop beyond our intelligence and wipe us out as being defective. Computers and AI never achieve that state and it is a misunderstanding about where humanity and computers are placed in the hierarchy of existence. Computers belong to a material universe, they are neither good nor bad, the material is there for us to use.
When man opens himself to Grace this higher force moves through us into the lower levels of existence. It is like standing under a shower. It comes from above and penetrates to the below. It is also where all human inspiration comes from, it comes from above. Computers can never have that connection and so can never access that human inspiration.
In the 2320’s computers are used to do complex and precise mathematical calculations that are needed to unlock the secrets of material existence. Computers are our servants and stay as such as long as we maintain this openness to Grace.
Humanity holds this balance on the horizon that I speak about, masters of what is below, open to what is above.
Go Forth and Multiply
We were created to go forth into the vast expanse of the universe, driven by that boldness, courage and curiosity. But why? It is to explore and populate the whole of the physical universe and in the process become channels for those higher non-corporeal forces. To open up the way for these higher forces to penetrate and influence the whole of the material universe. They can only do that when they work through humans who have a physical presence.
It is to meet others who are also driven by the same set of drives, but who have evolved from different places and with other body plans, but who are on a similar mission whether they understand that or not.
250-300 years, is that all we have?
One of the main questions that people ask in the 2320’s is about whether their current life expectancy which of about 250-300 years is the physical maximum. Now I was not shown what the technologies were that allowed people to live that long, but part of it was the sense of inner peace that most humans had which came from this understanding about who we are and why we are here. It seems that this knowledge and understanding has taken away much of the stress and anxiety that people feel today.
The other aspect that has contributed to a longer life is the sense of space and opportunity that exists for the human race. The portal technology that underpins 2320 technology literally allows an infinite amount of space that is available for personal exploration and expression. When on a daily basis we can get up close to the spectacular rings of Jupiter or the methane volcanoes on Pluto or the million and one spectacular sites that are available in the fifty star systems humans have colonised, once we raise our eyes up to that universe, much of our petty anxieties drop away.
Humanity has generally been filled with a wish to go out and explore. We are made curious but most of us in the 2020’s have limited opportunities to engage with that curiosity. This aspect has huge consequences to what it means to lead a full life. If you have children in your 20’s 30’s and 40’s, then at the age of 70 when they have all grown up and you are free of the upbringing role you could be just at the beginning of your life journey, rather than sliding into the sunset.
Just imagine what you could do if you had another 150-200 years of life, having accumulated wisdom, work skills and a more balanced life view. In 2320 most people take that opportunity to go out and explore and make their energy, talents and life skills available to support the human endeavour of spreading out across the Cosmos. That is why the planet Earth in 2320 has a significantly reduced population, it is down to 900 million people, around 10% of its peak.
Indeed, from what I could understand, the main discussion point amongst the people who lived physically on the planet Earth was about whether they should remove all permanent settlements from the Earth so that it could go back to being the rich biosphere that it once was. That is the life and philosophy of the Sovereign Human Being, as it is generally understood in 2320.
In many ways the Foundation is more difficult to describe and understand because in 2320 it is the biggest thing around. It is the servant of humanity and while also being the repository of much of humanity’s wealth. At the same time, it is the vehicle for care and co-operation between humans and human communities.
It is non-sectarian and non-religious, but it is underpinned by all the qualities mentioned earlier that has come to frame the human condition.
Writing about it now, it seems to me that the new understanding of who we are and why were created quite naturally causes us to create a new ‘fit for purpose’ institution that reflect and enhances those understandings and brings them in to a new social economic and political order.
That is the Foundation.
(To be continued)