Our tomorrow

The current population of the earth is 7.5 billion people; a little less than half are of working age. According to the International Labour Organization, almost 6 per cent of them – more than 200 million – do not have a job. The ILO would not tell how many people work for a salary that barely allows them to make ends meet.

According to experts' forecasts, the development of technologies will gradually displace people from the labour market. This applies to all spheres: production, transport and services. Robots will assemble cars and drive them along the roads that were made by the same robots. Computer programs will keep accounting; write music and act in blockbuster films.
Unemployment of hundreds of millions of people will lead to disastrous consequences: if a family member loses a job he would not be the only one who suffers but his children and retired parents as well. We are expecting the collapse of a consumption-oriented economy. This will bring such horrible disasters as we have not yet seen.
The mass of unoccupied, hungry and embittered people will become the breeding ground for the flowering of the most radical ideologies and trends from Nazism to religious fundamentalism. In combination with budgetary paralysis, this will lead to collapse and self-destruction of many existing states. Aggressive non-state actors, such as ISIS, will take their place.
But there will be no peace in the apparently prosperous countries as well: the militant and uncreative regimes will wreak havoc and horror all over the world. Struggle for exhausting resources, first of all for water, will become extremely intensified.

Do not think that all of the above are far-fetched fantasies. Futurologists base their forecasts on a scientific basis. In their opinion, our world will soon have such properties as: instability, uncertainty and ambiguity. Do we want our children to live in such a world?
Fortunately, scientists are also confident that the future is not predetermined. They are positive that the combined will of people could make them to choose and realize another and better future. And, although public institutions are conservative and stable, they collapse almost instantly when they reach a turning point. Those over 40 should remember how the Soviet Union, which seemed inviolable, collapsed overnight together with socialist system that was spread nearly over one third of the world.
We still have time to change the direction of development. The human intellect that created incredible technologies and high level of science allow everyone of us to enjoy "Vitacracy" (derived from Latin word ‘vita’ – life and ancient Greek word ’κράτος’ – power: "The power of life"): the right to decent, comfortable and safe life.
What has to be done to achieve that goal? First of all, we shall abandon the ideology of consumption, the main measure of which is profit. From the point of view of profit, any structure, be it a commercial corporation or state, has to assess its spending according to economic efficiency.
All our activities are built around the economy today. Once upon a time, the core values were religion and strict codes of conduct. However, for over 300 years, money became our idol and a driving force for whole countries.
It is time for us to declare human life the highest value and the raison d'être of any organization or state. It is important to create conditions for the full development of the intellectual and creative abilities of each person. We are all different and this diversity is our main wealth and the most valuable possession of civilization.
Today, technology has reached a level that allows the introduction of direct democracy, in which citizens have the opportunity to influence any decision – from the approval of the budget to the appointment and dismissal of officials.
Today, thousands of experts can work on the same document using internet. The wide participation of citizens in making important decisions could accelerate the turn from abstract economic interests to the interests of each individual person. And to protect us all from the prospect of a gloomy future at the same time.
The World Wide Web was created to facilitate people's communication and to unite them. In reality, internet rather disconnects than unites us. Similarly, the latest technological achievements may carry new opportunities instead of dangers in clever hands only.
However, who controls how these achievements are applied? Not national governments or even supranational bureaucratic structures. They have other concerns: all their activities are centred on money.
And should officials, even the most progressive ones, determine our future? It is only our right and duty. Therefore, we invite all the smart and caring people of the world to join the informal movement called ‘Kirsan family’. If there would be enough of us, we would be able to influence the development of civilization.
We are facing a choice. If we stay on the same path, mankind could roll back to neo-feudalism, which would divide us into a small elite stratum that owns the maximum of material goods, and poor masses that are left without any rights. This is the path of suffering, degradation and endless wars.
But there is another way: to create a better future for us and for our children by uniting "with all and for all", adopting the ideas of Vitacracy and providing everyone with all the opportunities for free and qualitative development.