What kind of world will another century bring? History teaches that humans will become much better at meeting both their basic needs and higher aspirations. People may reach across frontiers of time and space more vast than their ancestors dared dream.
The first generation that will see the 22nd century is already here. They are our young children. Among them are individuals who may see the 23rd century and beyond; people who will one day walk under strange stars and skies; people whose lives and worlds will grow beyond the imagination of science fiction.
The last generation to fall short of future centuries might not have to. All revolutions begin with a small group and a new idea. At Alcor we have an idea that may be more revolutionary than any ever before it. That idea is:
If humanity can survive long-term, then so can we.
“It is possible to believe that all the past is but the beginning of a beginning,
and that all that is and has been is but the twilight of the dawn. It is possible
to believe that all that the human mind has ever accomplished is but the dream
before the awakening.... All this world is heavy with the promise of greater
things, and a day will come, one day in the unending succession of days, when
beings, beings who are now latent in our thoughts and hidden in our loins, shall
stand upon this earth as one stands upon a footstool, and shall laugh and reach
out their hands amidst the stars.”
— H. G. Wells, 1902, “The Discovery of the Future,” Nature, 65, p. 326-331.
“The Universe or nothing. Which shall it be?”
— H. G. Wells, Things to Come, 1936