Truth: We are no where near as advanced of a species as we think we are.
We achieved a new record as a species last week: the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere reached 400 parts per million, meaning CO2 levels are now the highest since the evolution of our species. Fail.
In 1964 a Soviet astronaut called Kardashev developed a scale to judge the power of a civilisation. A type 1 civilisation can harness the power of a star and colonise it's solar system. A type 2 civilisation can harness the power of multiple stars and exotic forms of energy, and colonize a galaxy. A type 3 takes that to the scale of multiple galaxies and is pretty much beyond comprehension.
By type 2, a species is, in the words of physicist Michio Kaku, "immortal" ie. "cannot be destroyed by anything known to science".
What are we?
Below Type 0. We still get most of our energy from burning plants, extinction for us is a possibility within 50-100 years let alone 1000s.
One of the ways we are failing hardest getting to type 1, is energy. ALOT of people make a lot of money out of burning old bits of plants and shit. Not many people make much money from scientific experiments into renewable energy. The form of energy that it's thought determines whether or not any species in the universe makes it to Type 1 is fusion... And fusion for us is decades away. The first commercial fusion reactor won't be operational until at least after 2050. Most of us will be in our 50's, that gives us a good 40 years worth of continually rising CO2, continually falling fossil fuel reserves and continually rising energy demands. Lol.
So I just thought we could all take a moment to consider the fact that fusion power, the key to turning humanity into an interplantetary civilisation, if not the survival of the species beyond the next 100 years, is relying on just $15 billion of funding.
The combined personal wealth of the 10 richest men in the world is $5.4 trillion.
Goodnight sweet humanity.