A while ago I attended a seminar (rather against my will, but ok), where a gentleman went on and on, how a person should have long-term plans. It's expected of every person to have a vision, a greater goal to which then a person would devote his/her time and energy. The goal is to represent motivation to escape an otherwise boring routine. Goals should supposedly be set for at least 5 to 10 years in advance. The matter does and doesn't make sense. On one hand, I understand it, even find it reasonable, that every person should have a vision that makes sense and has a reason, in order to easier wage battles with themselves, society and expectations. On the other hand, I find such mechanical life even more boring. Isn't the most exciting part of life the fact that you don't know what awaits you in the future? If you think about it, actually, any day can be one's last. Which brings me back full circle to thinking everyone needs a goal. Probably to console ourselves that it's not all for nothing. That no battle was fought in vain. Now, I wonder and I ask you: what is the long-term goal of humanity? Is it really all so pointless, that we never asked ourselves collectively: "Where are we going? What do we want?" Is it really worth it to live, suffer and die for ~ nothing? No goals, milestones, nothing. So we focus on micromanagement of small entities, so much so, that we completely lost the global picture. Each in his/her own world probably going somewhere specific, known, outlined. But the world ~ as a whole ~ wandering without a clear goal to nothing. We needed thousands of years in order to create a world where we can spend and regulate lives more or less comfortably. Now what? Will we continue to upgrade this level of comfort, improve what we have? And then what? Just for consideration, two very banal scenarios: Can you imagine that global objectives could be defined: to eliminate poverty by 2020 ~ and then have the whole world working on it? Actively, transparently. Can you imagine, what if you defined a goal: by 2030 to find the "cure for cancer" and then it all came together to open up the budget and the research would be underway. No more hidden discoveries and insights for the sake of minimum unique scientific contributions, as this would again prove to be micromanagement, but we would operate transparently and uniformly. Together, with the objective. If you laughed at these ideas and said: "Yes, of course, we can," then welcome to reality. Indeed, humanity as a whole acts as a very lost homeless person, who's goal is to live though just another day. If he fails, so be it. Whatever, makes no difference.