[Part I of three parts]
We have entered an era of human crisis. What we think and do in the future will inevitably build on, but cannot be confined to, the past.
The Centre’s Trust Deed (2012) requires it to “encourage and facilitate informed interdisciplinary research into global affairs in the 21st c. CE”. As part of this, the Centre is to “review the history of human ideas, including the various philosophical streams of thought, whose contemporary expressions may strengthen global cooperation and unity.”
Easier said than done – but the aspiration is to clarify our future thinking, for thinking about the future. After all, in the present historical moment we seem to have lost the plot.
Earlier columns by others are directly relevant to such an aspiration: ‘Keeping a parliamentary eye on the future’; The global university of the future; The new [digital] omnipotence; Earth Trusteeship; Responsibility to Protect. But I get ahead of myself.
To commence with the ultimate challenge – is it possible, feasible and credible to strive for a single, over-arching, coherent, political-legal ‘theory of everything’ that can help in the creation of a global unity that guides us through this century’s crises?