How do you think we could unite the entire human race as a peaceful collective species while still retaining our individuality?

My answer to How do you think we could unite the entire human race as a peaceful collective species while still ret…

Answer by Vijayendra Mohanty:

I would argue that at least in some ways, we have already done this. The human race, on the whole, is less tribal and less violent than it was one thousand years ago. Most of us don’t think that people from other countries are genetically different from us, or that differences in skin colour mean anything.

Sure, we still discriminate, but the ideas on the basis of which we do so are mere shells of what they used to be. They don’t get confused with physical reality anymore. We don’t for example, believe that there is a genetic advantage to being “upper caste” or being “White”. Ideas about racial and ethnic “superiority” still exist but they are more cultural and even the people who do subscribe to such views, do so knowing that they are going against the dominant cultural narrative.

Before anyone points out that I am ignoring to mention that large swathes of humanity are still under the influence of divisive ideas, I want to clarify that the uniting effect is still underway. Earth was never a paradise and it still isn’t. Perhaps it never will be. But on the whole, we are better off than we were in the past.

Individuality is not something we need to protect while changing. Instead, it is what has brought about this change. I am not the most optimistic person when it comes to what is sometimes referred to as human potential, but I think it acknowledging the importance of the individual is a good step towards making sure “humanity” thrives.

How do you think we could unite the entire human race as a peaceful collective species while still retaining our individuality?