Excerpts from Introduction to Third Phase Transition: Solving The Anthropocene Crisis
On human nature and meaning of life
“The Anthropocene crisis has fundamentally reformulated the age-old question as to the meaning of life. It could never have been answered generally at the isolated individual level. It would therefore be both common-senseless and scientifically meaningless to insist searching general answers at that level. It does no longer even make sense restricting it to the individual human species, in front of threatening human-induced global mass extinction. Presently it is also inconsequential at the cosmological level, unless and until life on other planets might be both discovered, understood and contacted.
At the planetary level, however, the possibility emerges to both pose the question and answer it scientifically. The anthropic principle can be formulated in a conceptually verifiable and vitally concrete sense of the term: The meaning of human life has become the prospect of developing abundant human relations, in saving naturally evolving life, as we know it, for the future at The Blue Planet.”
“At exactly the moment of the Anthropocene crisis, aggregate life of one living species, humanity, is facing the option of consciously co-working, within itself and within the biogeochemical sun-fuelled work of the planetary life system, as a united self-organising and life-promoting global force. This could be described as a temporary and locally unique, optional socio-natural force if you will.
It could also be perceived as humanity discovering and developing its true nature. The spiritual depth of this scientific meaning, of freely choosing relatively ‘eternal life,’ will make religious superstition bleak in comparison. Humans: mature to fill this position, as manager of The Blue Planet! That has become the meaning of life!”