What a crock. People become barbaric when their own personal situation and environment has become barbaric. Drought and poverty are the leading causes for people to become barbaric--not the lack of anything to compare oneself to. And if it's not as extreme as that--that he's implying we need people to compare ourselves to to maintain self worth, there are levels. You can't just say shit like that. It's one thing to watch failed America Idol auditions to makes oneself feel better about oneself, it's another to regard said people as alien or disgusting barbarians. Irony is, the people who judge cultures or personalities in such an extreme way are the worst of us themselves (and if all xenophobes were all to change their ways tomorrow, I wouldn't suddenly lose my ability to identify anti-social behavior, just as other people wouldn't lose the ability to re-embrace it).
You are very likely misreading the line to say something it isn't saying. It isn't about 'actual' barbarism.
One of the questions I ask to new-found friends to get to know them better is: "How do you feel about the Borg? If there was such a central system would you agree to be hooked up?"
I don't think primary connection to the human race is a pipe dream, nor is it a bad thing. But we have to invent technologies for people to experience/understand other people's thoughts.
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I think we have reached a critical junction where we must pause and consider our environmental and social impacts first and foremost. We evolved divine conscious to protect diversity of all kinds. Our failures and successes will lead to further propagation. Before we were the dominant species on this planet biodiversity was thriving. Our goals should be to seek further diversity in information, life, and living systems. Success is not guaranteed in our lifetime, but guaranteed in infinity. We should do our best though.
There are colonization tendencies in every living being, I think. Ants are not the only one. A wolf pack hangs together, so do a bunch of chimpanzees and zebras. The difference is in the way this tendency is expressed and the author fails to draw comparisons appropriately.
Just my opinion!