Story 3a - Here Begins a New World.
Then I asked our ladies to recognize that the collapse of the feudal system is inevitable when humanity decides to recognize the fundamental principle of economics and builds its civilization thereon.
Here Ross interrupted, applauding me. He said that I looked rather silly standing in the middle of the hot tub, waving my arms about as if I were conducting an orchestra, giving a lecture on economics at three o'clock in the morning.
Erica splashed him for that. Then everybody started to laugh.
I don't remember anymore what Ross reaction was. I only remember that we were all surprised at the end when we realized how remarkably consistent these patterns were by which every major problem that humanity needed to overcome could ultimately be traced back to Erica's metaphor of the garden of flowers and mankind's insistence to blind itself against the rich profusion of the reality of its universe.
I was astounded also by Erica's energy and drive. We had been talking for four days and four nights, discussing advanced physics and bacteriological engineering, and then discussed economics in the hot tub till three in the morning, and what did she do after that? This seemed miraculous. She managed to get herself out of bed, according to the agenda,
to be the first speaker on the second last day, and stand before the entire assembly of four-thousand people and deliver a one hour speech that covered the full range
of our exploration of all the days and nights before. Moreover, she was able to present the issues with a greater clarity than we had done ourselves, when we had discussed them among us.
When Erica was finished with her speech, Anton stood up and asked me to follow her. She hurried onto the stage. She thanked Erica with a hug and a kiss, then took the microphone and said that this speech had been like a breath of fresh air. She also said that Erica had reminded her of an obligation to this conference that she, herself, had not yet fulfilled. She said that deep beneath the scientific, technological, financial, and political issues that Erica had touched upon, lies a social dimension that cannot presently support the needed developments.
"This dimension goes deeper than the dimension of the flower garden,"
Anton refocused on one of Erica's points, that at times long ago it was sufficient for a tribe of people to cooperate in common commitment to enrich one another's existence. This small scale cooperation was all that was needed in a hunting and farming environment. Then came the new age of commercial trading. She pointed out, that suddenly the scale of the processes that were involved for creating a living was bigger than what a single tribe could support. This meant that entire groups of tribes were now needed to support each other for the common good. She pointed out that this occurred first along ethnic lines, but with the dawn of the scientific, technological, and industrial age, even this larger-scale cooperation became insufficient to create and maintain the structures that the new processes
did require. In order to achieve the larger scale of cooperation that was required in the budding scientific and technological age, nation-states were born which carried forward the general welfare concept on an ever larger platform.
Here Anton pointed out that in today's world the nation-state platform has actually become too small a scale for cooperation, compared to what is physically required. In the advanced nuclear economy age, the cooperative platform must be on a global scale, supported universally by a united world of sovereign nations bound together as one single humanity in a community of principle.
At this point, Anton handed the microphone to me as if she were interviewing me. "Could you tell us about the corresponding four stages in social dynamics that match the expanding scale of cooperation that we have seen; I mean, from our earliest beginning as a society of hunters, to where we are today in the nuclear economy age? Could you tell us about the expanding scope of people enriching one another's existence in the social domain?"