There is more than enough difference between people as to be separate species. Most have more in common with chimpanzees than the top 3% in intelligence.
Johnny, please explain your reasoning re: intelligence. I know, for absolute sure, that i am not within the 3% that are the most itelligent. (Or maybe i am and there has not been a tool to measure it - how do you measure the poet, mystic, artist's intelligence?) I don't know how you have come up with the 3% figure except that there is always a small outlier group in statistical analysis. When looking at the world from a statistical standpoint, there must be an outlier group. If 97% are more intellectually akin to chimps, so be it, but are you then saying that 97% of us are too dumb, dumb like chimps, to figure out how to live together peacefully on our little planet? Are you saying that it is only the outlier group who should have anything to say? And do you consider yourself a member of the 3%?
It seems the most intelligent people have been able to integrate knowledge to form a holistic perspective - and IQ tests are not exactly holistic, so how does one measure such things? And after measurement, so what?
Two disasters are coming, the first is the population crash where the cities will get hit hardest, and survival will depend on remoteness and cooperative village living.
I'm all for cooperative living, which is why taking down fences, even between countries, strikes me as an "intelligent" idea.
Hitting more and more will be malevolent climate change, with natural reactions already at tipping points that will extend to worsening conditions for hundreds of years. The perhaps a few areas, by luck of geography will be less hit, and many people will go to underground living. This disaster will destroy support ecosystems, and the change will be faster than most life can adapt. It will be up to several million years before conditions are again similar to this interglacial epoch. This Anthropocene Epoch marked by extinction of over 3/4s of species, but will any future paleoanthropologist or geologist even see it in the rock layers?
Climate change, even while the multinationals, most noteably the oil companies, spin other stories and even use scientists as 'shrills' to back their propoganda ( the shrills may even be part of the 3% you speak of, even as they rent out their PH.D's)), is preventable. i don't know that underground living will be beneficial - I would rather be over-ground. i don't want to live in a secure prison unless my family and friends and neighbors and community, can also be there. If they can't, what's the point? We are all here together, even dumb people like my friends and family and general community. and yes, even me! i would love for all people of average intelligence to survive this crisis. And I believe that our intelligence, our common sense, and our recognition of connectivity, could well survive this crisis, even if 3% are smarter than us. (I would even vouch for the survival of other species too).
How long will humans last underground or in less grievously hit areas? Will these less badly hit areas stay that way? How long will underground nuclear reactors provide power for grow lights?
Will people last for more than a few hundred years? Will people be around when the last of the plastic on land and in the oceans finally breaks down in 50,000 years? Will the ecosystems and species that can adapt in time and survive, be helpful for human survival?
Our extinction is not 100% certain, but close.
We are, as you say, at crisis point. I get what you are saying and I also get that you and your family have taken measures to lessen your individual footprints. i applaud you and believe you have much to teach your community, (including the community of this forum). You may be a leader by example and hopefully more .... but if you set yourself up as special ... you are in for delusion. The practical advice you have offered is immeasureable in terms of "us' as there is no other .... for even 'dumb' people, the other 97%, would like practical solutions to the folly of the idea of individualism. In other words, it's not about "us" vs "them".
Your head seems to be wrapped around disaster. You seem prepared for disaster. it may be wise for us all to prepare for disaster, but to my mind, we are in this together and my needs are not different from my neighbors, friends, family, and ultimately, community.
I am an individul, like you are, and we are both living in this matrix of community - an interconnective whole. What good is individual survival if it does not include others? Even the less intelligent than the 3%? Is there a way for us all to get along regardless of whatever IQ tests one has been subjected to or have been subjected to? (I've NEVER been subjected to such a test - (thank God or Goddess).
~~~~ Animal Friendly