The Stairway to Heaven, part 1: Syllabus

Grab a drink, maybe a sandwich. Get comfy. Need some coffee? Good. Strap in, this is going to take some time.

In my last few posts, I went on at some length about the cusp humanity is facing. To summarize, we’re on our last lap in a race towards immortality and apotheosis, but we’re also trying to outrun a raging forest fire (some of us more literally than others). The finish line is in view, but the flames are nipping at our heels. We have a very short time to get it right, or we’re going to burn, and that’s just the way it is.

Over the next several posts, I’m going to outline what I called the “Stairway to Heaven” in my last post. This is the path by which we can escape the fire, save the world, save ourselves, and ultimately attain what I believe to be our species’ destiny: the mastery of physical reality and the defeat of death itself. Will this be easy? No, it will make landing on the moon look like crossing the room. But it is possible, if we, collectively, want it badly enough.

This kind of thinking isn’t new. There are a lot of people out there who are talking about the same kinds of things I am. Ray Kurzweil, Elon Musk, and Zoltan Istvan are three names that spring right to mind, and they’re all much smarter and more driven than I am. I’m sure I’m cribbing from their work extensively. One thing I haven’t seen, however, is a holistic approach to achieving this “enlightenment,” and that’s what I aim to present here.

The general shape of things to come is as follows: first, we need to define a few terms and concepts:

  • The Commons
  • The Machine Revolution
  • The Failure Mode of Representative Democracy
  • Libertarian Socialism

We need to define these terms so that we’re all working with the same vocabulary. Once we have that established, we can begin talking about climbing the stairway.

I need to stress, again, that no matter what we do, Western society is finished. We have between ten and fifty years before it dies violently. No matter what — no matter what — things are going to change soon, and they’re going to change drastically. We cannot save Western civilization, and any attempt to do so would be a waste of vital resources. There will be change, and for just about everyone, your life after the change will look very different from your life before the change. The only choice we have is in whether we want our new lives to be peaceful, comfortable, and long, or nasty, brutish, and short.

I also need to stress that we are on our own. Help is not coming from the current regime, it is not coming from overseas, it is not coming from on high. Humans have the tools to destroy the planet, or to save it, and no higher power will stop us from using those tools as we decide to use them. God did His looking out for us back at the beginning, when He gave us intelligence, reason, and the ability to make choices. He is not going to bail us out, nor should he have to. Our fate is our own, and you don’t have the luxury of sitting back and waiting for God to take care of it all. Thou art God. Own it.

Finally, I need to say, right at the start, that a lot of what I’m talking about applies primarily to the United States, because I live in the US and it’s the US that I’m most familiar with. A lot of the work that needs to be done, needs to be done here. This isn’t to say that it doesn’t also need to be done elsewhere — if you’re a reader from outside the US, I invite commentary on how these concepts apply to your home country, because while the US may need to take the lead on this, it’s largely meaningless if other global economies don’t follow.

All that being said, I’d like to thank everyone for reading this far. I hope you’ll come on this journey with me.

Leave a Reply