In the mid-20th Century, The philosopher/linguist Jean Gebser posited that human consciousness has experienced, and is experiencing, notable transitions through various stages of consciousness. According to him, humans have shown evidence of having traversed through and "archaic", to "magic", to "mythic", to "mental", to "integral" phases of individual and cultural consciousness...with each stage being more complex than the ones that came before.
A strong case could be made that this is a good thing, as increased complexity in consciousness perhaps paves the way for increased capacity to take the perspective of others, which could therefore pave the way for increasing spheres of compassion.
Could this indeed be the, or at least, "a" trajectory of humankind (assuming there is one)?
If so, it's valuable to recognize the "good news" items that come with such development (i.e. the abolition of slavery, the forging of documents that extend universal rights to all, the advent of first and second wave feminism, civil rights, extended average lifespan due to medical advancements, the possibility that the world is getting increasingly less violent, etc.). And as Steven Pinker alludes...it is important to become clear about what it is we are doing right, instead of (or in addition to) focusing on what we are doing wrong.
And still it seems that, in from the lyrics of musician Stuart Davis, the "higher" we climb, the more the ladder sways. Below are a selection of videos that describe various ways in which the ladder is swaying...as well as links to various organizations that are brainstorming solutions. Solutions are not possible without clearly (and in our "sound-bite" culture, quickly) defining the problem. And ultimately, there are no more prizes for forecasting the rain, only prizes for building the ark. You, me, and everyone, is invited to that process.
Food and Agriculture Issues
Climate Change and Global Warming
Third World Debt
Trade, Economy, & Related Issues
Food Aid Maintains Poverty
War on Terror
Consumption and Consumerism
Genetically Engineered Food
Conflicts in Africa
Human Rights Issues
World Hunger and Poverty
Possibilities of a Hidden Globalist Agenda
Palestine and Israel
Free Trade and Globalization
The G8 possibly having too much Power
Poverty, and it’s causes