Giving Birth

The moment of birth is initiated by the fetus. A special protein is released by the lungs of the fetus that causes a cascade of responses in the mother. Being born might not be something that the fetus wants. It needs to be born. The hips of the mother are only so wide. The head of the fetus can only grow so big in order to be able to pass through. It's time.

In a sense, it is time for humanity to be born. We can no longer remain in our current stage of development of fragmented nation states, separation by haves and have nots, and divisions by religion, race, gender, and so on. If we are to make it, we must rise from a consciousness of me to We.

Delivery of a human baby is difficult because human babies have such big heads. Human babies have big heads because we have big brains. Having big brains gave humans an advantage against other species that are faster, stronger, or have larger fangs and claws. 

Now, we are pushing other species into extinction at a rate faster than the planet has experienced since the last mass extinction that took place 65 million years ago; the one that took down the dinosaurs. Loss of habitat is the main factor that is driving other species into extinction. Climate change is increasingly a factor as well. This is not a good thing. Consciousness that We are part of a larger biosphere is also critical.

Large-scale linking up of neurons doesn't begin until the 24th to the 27th week of pregnancy--the sixth month
. Close to half of humanity is using the Internet now. It is possible that virtually all of humanity will have access to the Internet by 2020. We are linking up at a very rapid rate.

What is the signal that will initiate birth? How will we make the leap to seeing ourselves, all of us, as citizens of planet Earth? How will we organize the first global referendum? How will we constitute ourselves as a global democracy?

The graph above is an illustration of how we are connected. It is just a screen-shot of a graph of a few people. A graph that had a user-friendly interactive Internet interface would help a lot to add everyone who is alive today to a Global Citizens Graph, if they want to be in the graph.

Jean Villedieu, the co-founder and marketing director for Linkurious, advised me to customize the free, open source toolkit on which Linkurious is built in order to create such an interface. For more than two months, I have been reading books on Javascript, the language in which the graph toolkit is written, and trying to do that customization.

Fortunately, there is a program called "tank" that was written by Benoit Simard which is a beginning of such a user-friendly interface to graphs. I have been working on features for Login, Search, and Add People, building on top of tank. It has been slow going because my programming skills are really quite limited. Benoit has agreed to help debug some of what I have written; still, the progress is frustratingly slow.

I feel a strange mixture both of urgency and of detachment that it will happen when all things are ready for it to happen. Most of the time, I am impatient. So, I am thinking of looking for a programmer or programmers who are fluent in Javascript who might accelerate the progress, even if it means paying them.

In the meanwhile, I am also thinking about the process. It is clear that the only way people will be added to the Global Citizens Graph is through other people who are already in the graph. That means publicity through the mass media, or through messages broadcast through Facebook is to be avoided. If someone hears about the graph, and would like to be added, but does not know someone who is already in the graph, which is likely to be the case at the beginning, they might be frustrated because they will not have a way to get in.

It is better if the graph grows slowly, through personal contact; one person who is already in the graph communicating in a personal way with a relatively small number of others with whom they are well acquainted, and so on; more organically.

This does not mean that it would take an unrealistic amount of time to build a graph of all of humanity. If each new person in the graph adds an average of just two additional people, and takes an average of two weeks to do so, it would take just 66 weeks starting from one person to add all of humanity to the graph; less than a year and a half. That is the power of an exponential rate of growth (two to the power of 33 is more than eight billion, which is more than the number of people alive today, and 33 times two weeks is 66 weeks).

There is one more point to be made before concluding this article. We need to do more than raise our consciousness of our Oneness. We need to raise our intelligence.

We are fortunate again. Constituting ourselves as a global democracy, and harnessing the collective intelligence of humanity is not all that we have going for us. There is also the matter of machine intelligence. The price/performance of information technology has been improving at an exponential rate for over a hundred years. With a doubling every 18 months, that is a lot of doublings.

This is why Elon Musk can claim that within two years it will be technologically possible for a person in New York to call a car that is in San Francisco, and for that car to drive itself across the United States, including getting off the highways in order to recharge its batteries, so that the person in New York can get in. Right, it's a silly example. He's just making the point that cars are improving at an exponential rate in their ability to drive themselves.

Some people may be uncomfortable with the idea of augmenting human intelligence with machine intelligence.  For myself, I am grateful for all of the help we can get.

Concluding with the three principles of the revolution, I mean the birthing:
  • the will of the people as expressed through a global referendum shall be the highest expression of political power on planet Earth,
  • the principles that are expressed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and in the Earth Charter shall have the force of supreme law for all of humanity,
  • the resources that are currently spent on the military and armed forces could be better spent on meeting basic human needs and on mitigating the effects of greenhouse gas emissions.

John Kintree

January 20, 2016