Parag Khanna is a senior fellow at the New America Foundation and director of the Hybrid Reality Institute.
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I think first and foremost, one would be the compression of space through globalization, trade, and infrastructure connections. There is just more instantaneous feedback loops to our behavior.
I think it is to move away from cycles of geopolitical hierarchy and presumed superiority, or the right of any one nation or empire to be the dominant power in a given era or time, to move away to a completely different psychology around global systems and structures. I think that is really the supreme challenge, because when you switch that frame, I think it opens up the door to completely different kinds of thinking around how we do global governance.
To me it is the inspired, the aspirational behavioral code that applies to all people irrespective of how they incorporate themselves or whichever communities they feel they belong to. That would be a global ethic. It would be something that one could speak about in terms of its principles, but one would also have to prescribe certain conduct to it as well.
If people want to sit here and say, "In 100 years we'll live in a better world," and they trace the path to how we got there, it really is going to be because technological innovation became the main priority of our political-economic systems and that advancing and spreading those technologies as quickly as possible was not only prioritized but achieved.