When all analysts from the West and East are talking about the qualitative leap that society is taking, they forget an important element; the world does not have – yet, although that is the intent for the future of the globalists and of many decision-makers in economics and politics – one single society, but many different societies. Modern and advanced societies alongside tribal and backward societies. Societies that live in general comfort, even with great social differences, and societies that still belong to the world of necessity. It is true that the global village that the American philosopher Marshall McLuhan pointed out as unstoppable in the middle of the last century is getting closer every day and it is already a fact with the advent of universal media, radio first, television later, and the internet today, but what is perceived in the West as a generality is not so. Because fundamental problems have not been solved in many countries: hunger, poverty, lack of freedom, oppression by ancestral and religious customs (fundamentalism, dogmatism), de facto slavery of children and women in many parts of the planet … basic problems that technology allows know in a general way but neither in its entirety nor does it provide solutions. Political, economic and social problems that suppose the suffering of many millions of people.
Today, it is true, the fifth great world revolution is taking place, and it is not a revolution that brings dead people on the battle fronts, although it does bring victims. Because technology makes work easier, but it also produces unemployment. Perhaps the latest movements and decisions discussed and taken in major international forums (Davos, the UN itself and the 2030 agenda) are in line with making global decisions for the planet, including that of slowing down environmental deterioration. And it may be that technology, which brings progress on many orders, can be controlled for the well-being of the majority of the world’s population, not just of a few and of a few elites and corporations that already have more power and control more people than many countries. But there is something fundamental and it has to do with education and awareness of individuals: no unjust society, with the rights of the weakest trampled on, can be better. The wealth of some must be sustained by the vital minimums of others. No one can create the future at the expense of those who have always suffered the consequences of progress.
Understanding progress in a humanistic and supportive way is the only thing that can achieve universal peace, cooperation and that no one, really, is left behind or in the gutter of History. There is still much to do. There are plenty of big statements and there are plenty of political programs on paper. A universal consciousness needs to be created beyond race, religion, or geography. A conscience that liberates the soul from those who have always had their body and spirit bound. A true consciousness of general human progress.