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Planetary Civilization

What is the Global Ethic in Planetary Civilization


In this essay, I would like to discuss how digital life and digital culture can create a concept of Global ethics. Perhaps many want to know what would happen when science’s power can be complete with God’s technology. The ability of human science has almost reached the stages leading to dominating this world. Almost everything can be manipulated by humans today. Science in the field of genetics seeks to humans a very long life. Humans try to look younger as they approach the problem of ageing. However, ageing issues are increasing worldwide—many people choose not to have a family.

Technology seeks to bring what cannot be enjoyed moments with family. Currently, humans have families virtually. They have spouses, children, and grandchildren virtually as well. The virtual empire has been established a form of realizing human imagination. Digital life has become a fantasy that humans will enjoy in the future.

I am concerned that our children will live only by maximizing their mind’s abilities but forget how to live peacefully. They will live in a fantasy world. Now, money has turned into digital money. All turned into a digital country or digital civilization. Therefore, the generation born in 2040 will truly enjoy a digital civilization. Today, traditional ways of life will be increasingly removed from children’s imagination. They become human beings that are controlled by technology. Alternatively, even technology prevents them.

Therefore, my worries will not be considered when humans live in the digital age. Traditional life is deemed to be inappropriate for the moment. However, in some of the references I read, the global mind or global brain will certainly corner the values ​​or norms generated by previous generations. The speed to abandon old norms and ethics requires new norms, values, and ethics.

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Scholars may complain or have some hopes that the new generation will establish new norms, values, and ethics. Nevertheless, what rationale will become a foothold when a life of imagination becomes necessary? Perhaps the old books will be abandoned or used as a new foothold to create new scenarios in the universe. Maybe, for developed countries, they find no difficulty because their thinkers are always ahead of any desired change. This is the underlying understanding of creating global norms, values, and ethics.

However, this change certainly requires deep reflection for countries that are still not developed or developing. At the same time, they must follow a good change produced by developed countries. However, when they are already in the stage of progress, they continue to strive to become developed countries continuously. Can they do that?

I assume that every seven centuries, the world’s civilization will begin a new era in the rotation of its civilization. The era is now the result of the Age of Enlightenment in the 17th century. However, the 21st century is the middle, when the world’s civilization is heading into the 24th century. It can be predicted that Planetary Civilization started in the 21st century. Various scholars say the displacement of Type 0 Civilization to Type I is the starting point of the birth of Planetary Civilizations.

As described above, this era is undoubted that the world of imagination has become so important. This condition is seen in digital life. There is always a shift from one civilization to another every seven centuries. Planetary civilization is the result of the revival of human science globally. Nevertheless, the 21st century has encapsulated human life as centralistic, mechanical, and connected.

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The question is: how is the end of this Planetary Civilization? When humans have been living completely automated, what would happen at the end of the life of the civilization. The war once destroyed a civilization by other civilizations. One civilization shifts the other civilization. It is even said that war is a war on behalf of the interests of one civilization against other civilizations.

Therefore, norms, values, and ethics are born together with the end of human war. In other words, what unites humans today. Universal values ​​are always the basis for living together in this world. However, are there universal values ​​that will be applied in digital life? It is necessary to find one specific way to produce universal values, not just as global artificial. The Internet has united human thoughts and memories. Of course, this unification process begins because there is a common interest among fellow human beings.

Suppose technological progress has destroyed the old things as a way of thinking in human life. In that case, the next task is to explore new things to give reasons that anyone can be aligned in Planetary Civilization. This unification makes the place to meet ideas about norms, values, and ethics.

This Planetary Civilization is where the new generation lives. Suppose they are not given the provision for a way of understanding the true life. Technological advancement will not bring humans essentially but will make humans unhappy for new reasons. These unknown reasons will emerge in the coming decades. These “new reasons” appear when human civilization is at the top.

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The destruction of some civilizations in the world is due more to the generation of civilizers, unable to think of “new reasons” that can detrimental affect them later. It must be our collective task to investigate these “new reasons,” and then we must seek an answer on how to anticipate them. Babies of the first World War became scientists in the 20th century. Babies after World War 2 became leaders in this 21st century. Babies born after the Cold War will also be something in the middle of the 21st century.

They live in historical aisles conditioned by the previous generation. The forecasters are always giving directions on what will happen in the future. Most of their predictions, sometimes proven, are adapted for their imagination because of the passage of time. The thinkers then help the government to run predictions from forecasters. In essence, forecasts and future policies go together. Generations born in predicted spaces and times will undergo according to the visions of forecasters and policymakers.

Therefore, thinking about the future is about the space and time placed to live by a new generation. I assume that if the current generation is inherited or equipped with internet devices without being provided with norms, ethics, and values, it is likely that “new reasons” will be a new issue in the future. Therefore, when something has become global, we have to think about what happens if the global itself ends.

Kamaruzzaman Bustamam Ahmad

Kamaruzzaman Bustamam-Ahmad (KBA) has followed his curiosity throughout life, which has carried him into the fields of Sociology of Anthropology of Religion in Southeast Asia, Islamic Studies, Sufism, Cosmology, and Security, Geostrategy, Terrorism, and Geopolitics. KBA is the author of over 30 books and 50 academic and professional journal articles and book chapters. His academic training is in social anthropology at La Trobe University, Islamic Political Science at the University of Malaya, and Islamic Legal Studies at UIN Sunan Kalijaga Yogyakarta. He received many fellowships: Asian Public Intellectual (The Nippon Foundation), IVLP (American Government), Young Muslim Intellectual (Japan Foundation), and Islamic Studies from Within (Rockefeller Foundation). He is based in Banda Aceh and can be reached at ceninnets@yahoo.com.au

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