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Tom Toles
Posted at 07:15 AM ET, 11/14/2012

Grope grope grope

No, despite that headline, this is not a post about David Petraeus. Petraeus is a big story about which everyone has something to say, and simultaneously, no one has had anything to say. Including me. Okay, except this. Even up here in our lofty, civilized, highly-educated, high-functioning perch of Advanced Competence, the reptile brain will periodically flick its massive tail to remind everyone who is actually in charge. This development always surprises (shocks!) but should not come as too much of a surprise, since that lofty perch also includes, among its routine activities, war, and killing and maiming and deliberately planned violent death.

No, we are going to make the opposite error today, and think about something OTHER than sex and violence.

Careful readers of this Blog will remember that one of my recurring themes (themes are bound to recur when ideas are few) is that the Reagan Era (1980-????) was over, though exactly when it ended hasn’t been precisely clear to me. But now we have final, irrefutable information that it did not endure beyond 2012. And now the key question we grope for today, as before, is the shape and theme of the NEXT era. About that I DO have something to say. The next era needs to be about two things. Look around and see where we have got ourselves. Now, given the technological possibilities that are available, and their potential to solve our problems or cut more and more people out of the deal, what we need is a combination of Humanism (religious or secular, take your pick) and Environmentalism (natural and human habitat). That is what we need, so that is what the next era will be about. Or the next era after that, fer sure!

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