Are we doomed to lose ourselves in the collective?
(c) 2012 by Tom King
Collectivism/Social Justice/Surrender the Will:
One popular idea is borrowed from Easter Religions like Buddhism and favors an ultimately collectivist penultimate civilization. This future nirvans take three possible forms - all of them either unlikely or unpalatable.
It doesn't matter to these cheery optimists that all attempts to create these sorts of workers' paradises have heretofore failed miserably and often violently because inevitably too many people choose to embrace their self-centered wolf-like nature and tend to instead, run about slaughtering all the nice people in order to win power over them all. Collectivist governments are notoriously vulnerable to megalomaniacs.
Ayn Rand/Hard Capitalist/Free Will:
Isaac Asimov, something of an intellectual elitist himself, posited a secret society of elite smart people called the Foundation who figure out how to mathematically manipulate history. Even then Asimov, a keen student of history, only allowed his mental supermen to roughly poke and prod history along in a general direction that kept humanity's corrupt leaders from killing too many people in the process. He recognized that human nature tends to overpower central planning in the end.
These more conservative views of the future tend to be held by people with a working knowledge of history and of the ebb and flow between anarchy and regimentation that countries undergo throughout their histories.
The God Is In Charge View:
It makes sense He will aid them in transforming into the people they choose to be and will at some point harvest the product of His vast social experiment, provide them some sort of durable, everlasting housing for their consciousness and then use those trustworthy individuals to create the sort of utopian universe the Trekkies would like to see happen -only without the Borg and where Klingons and Romulans were nice people.
I don't see where that's such a preposterous idea either.
Just one man's opinion.