Philosophical Models: The Great Filter Theory

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In many ways, although humanity has evolved technologically, many of the basic questions we have about ourselves and our place in the universe remain similar to those asked in the Ancient World. We remain caught, as Simone Weill notes, between the "universality of justice and the personal intimacy of love" which continues to wreak havoc with our ability to reconcile many of the issues we continue to face in the late 20th and early 21st century. Try as we might, it is quite difficult to understand that the 20th century brought some of the greatest examples of human dignity and expression of good, contrasted with the banality of evil. Playing off the ideas of Freud, we can turn to Victor Frankl to explore the theme of conscious while we look at modern issues of terrorism, ecological crisis, and globalism. Certainly, looking at the compassionate nature of Simone Weill and the significance of humanity requiring a belief system posited by Kierkegaard and Becker, we might ask ourselves how humans, if innately good, have such abilities to express positive love and yet approach the destruction of humankind. Indeed, the 20th century, for the first time in history, brought the very real nature of humanity to the brink of destruction of the entire species. It seems that we have a dualism at work, the individual and the good we can do as "secular saints" at the micro level, and the kind of change that people such as Mother Theresa and Martin Luther King, Jr. brought about at the
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