Ongoing research project
The concept of "minority" in 21st century.
When we started this project a few months ago, it seemed that we would focus on the concepts of social exclusion as problematic. A few months later, the idea of exclusion began to appear as the only one that makes sense to us. We've always been tribal creatures, living in groups of maximum 100 people. However, the rise of nationalism and great nations in the last couple of centuries also had its goals. (Read more on Moving beyond nationalism
Later we realized that we can envision the future in an infinite number of ways in which none will happen. But it's much more exciting when we are trying to understand what has already happened. Moreover, what is happening here and now has not happened yet. When following the statements and publications of contemporary scientists and thinkers, we have a feeling of communing the territory impossible to imagine for us, mortals. ...According to above mentioned Harari, history began when we invented a god and it will end when we will become gods. However, many intellectuals also emphasize how little has really changed in the course of evolution. From the point of view of a modern man, we would not be able to explain most of the basic contemporary concepts to Neanderthal. On the other hand, we differ from both Neanderthal or chimpanzees only by a few percent of the mystery that made us where we are today. One of the most frequently quoted arguments for the extraordinary breakthrough is the development of biotechnology and AI. Here we recommend the lecture Globalisation Over Nationalism: Historian Yuval Noah Harari | India Today Conclave 2018
The most disturbing is perhaps an unequivocal enthusiasm for these changes. The concepts such as breakthrough, development, discovery often carry quite unambiguous, positive connotations. Apparently we live in the most peaceful period in human history. However, people are starting to pose the greatest threat to themselves. This applies to obesity, addiction to new technologies, blind hope in bioengineering, the increase in suicide or the commercialization of most aspects of our lives through access to the Internet. Another important threat affecting all areas of life and human relations is the invalidation and omission of the humanities and ethics.
In today's complex reality, the violence and conflict can return in a completely new form due to, for example, the rapid development of technology. Perhaps many of us, ordinary citizens, will not even be aware that we are at the state of war. Even the most optimistic predictions do not happen overnight.
What is important, from the point of view of historians (such as Harari), many of the unexpected and significant breakthroughs were often determined by coincidence. Any form of social change is always a long and difficult process, somewhat reminiscent of the reality of Houellebecq's "Possibility of the Island". And between "now" and "then" there is the future of our descendants.