We are living in the third quarter of the 20th Century. Our life is very complex and globally interrelated. The contrast between human capabilities and the present state of human affairs is deplorable. Our security depends upon global cooperation. Instead of harmony, we practice blind suspicion and may meet our ultimate end by continuing hostilities. This practice is common, both on the personal as well as on international levels. Economic wellbeing of the individual, our personal safety, our moral and cultural lives are all interwoven globally. Humanity is at a turning point; 'to be or not to be' is both an individual question and a dilemma for all.
For those who donít wish to run blindly toward a global catastrophe, this book may offer some solutions. There are many excellent books illustrating the sufferings of the people all over the world. There are few, if any, which offer some realistic solutions.
This book intends to appeal to all It is especially important to arouse the young generations and to appeal to all intellectuals. The presentation of this work is based upon a strong desire to be of service to all who believes in progress and the possibility of changing the human condition on this earth. We should not have unrealistic dreams about our future anymore. We must have a rational theory to guide us what to do, and how to do it. Our desperation has many indicators; street crime and violence the alarming spread of the use of narcotics. There are thousands of extremes we are grasping for and try, in blind attempts to cope with the momentous problems of our age, at the individual level.
We are equally blind and lost as a people. There is no theory which is to provide some guidance toward global cooperation and harmony. The possession of power and profit making seem to be the two main driving forces on a global scale. A close examination of the ideological differences dividing the world reveals their outmodedness. Yet, the momentum embedded into our inertia seem to speed humankind toward the final and abrupt end of all; global destruction.
A systematic examination of the human drives leads to the recognition of evolutionary and historical causes of the distortions of our age. It also reveals several fundamental relationships, explaining the development of our group formations, the emergence of leaders and various forms of governments. The book follows the a method, which was employed by Euclid in his book on plain geometry and by Thomas Hobbes in his book Leviathan, applying scientific methods in the development of moral philosophy. Why?
The answer is simple; unless we are ready to face our human weaknesses and strengths in a realistic manner, we will not have any hope to survive as a race. This presentation is an attempt to show that there is hope; that it may not be too late, as yet, to chart a new course toward a better world. We must not loose faith in ourselves as rational beings and capable systems designers. The theory indicates that despite of our personal weaknesses we can be successful. All attempts of the various churches failed to appeal to the individual. We are weak and fallible as individuals, but may become strong in one united organized group.
Groups are originated for the purpose of enhancement of survival of the individual and family. As evolution progressed it created the groups of the clan, the tribe, small settlement, the city and finally the nation states. This evolutionary progress, paradoxically, turned against the deep seated ancient driving force the grouping imperative. Group formation mandated coordination of the main activities for primitive survival. Hunting demanded a leader, the best suited individual in the group who emerged spontaneously. Such tribal leaders were not only accepted, but they earned the outmost respect and esteem for their natural abilities. The original process in the emergence of leaders was a natural process. It was not as Hobbes postulated an agreement, a 'social contract' of all, for the 'Common-wealth' of a nation.
Contemporary political leaders don't emerge spontaneously, but they are highly promoted by huge sums of money, bought propaganda machinery, making false promises, and through a number of other unethical, non-democratic, methods they become elected. The people are easily led by those in power, against their best interests, even into unprovoked war. The development of the means of mass destruction since the middle of the 20th Century created an entirely new historical period that could lead to the destruction of global civilization. Tragically, the grouping imperative that holds nations together, is now turned against the survival of society by the political and economic leadership of the World.
Further examination of the evolutionary and historical progress of the human race leads to the recognition of the gross distortions in our times, in terms of Basic Human Drives. All major political groupings in the 20th Century, and others well before that, are proven to be either anti-survival or at least regressive, in terms of 'fundamental morality.' Our institutions no longer serve humankind in a rational manner to secure our survival, nor do they represent our best interests. On the contrary; they act blindly, creating fear, tension, economic distress, crime, hostilities and war. If we continue as before we will all perish, as one people. On the other hand we still have a choice and an opportunity to implement some major changes. Rational assessment of what to do and how to establish a new global system is based upon 'survival values of morality.' The offers new hope by applying system design methods for the purpose of improving human condition on a global scale. This is a noble cause, which should provide inspiration and determination for all..