In the future, we will not have to conserve our resources, nor our past ways of thinking. People’s opportunities and freedoms will be infinite. But progress like this does not occur without friction: before we can build new and better systems, the old ones must first be destroyed.
As science continues to gain traction, old ideas will begin to die off more rapidly, and their supporters’ power to resist progress will gradually decline. Eventually, even the most popular and stubborn belief systems will be forced to give way to reality and progress.
This will make the intermediate future a somewhat unstable period; like wounded animals, the followers of outdated systems will do anything they can to keep their realities functional–including using violence to destroy new ideas that threaten what they believe in.
This by itself is nothing new; the world over, backwards groups of people fight to destroy progress, and have been for as long as there’s been civilization. What’s new is how the increasing advancement of technology is exacerbating the problem, further dividing even semi-radical people from mainstream society.
We will see both a massive shrinkage and increased radicalization of groups employing non-progressive ideologies. Previously unproblematic groups may become violent beasts on their deathbed. For every bit weaker these people become, the less they will have to lose–and the harder they will fight back. Few will willingly allow ideologies they have based their lives upon to become archaic novelties of the past.
Many of the people who resist progress are well meaning and believe they are doing the right thing, but intentions mean little compared to the results they produce. All those desiring a better life for themselves and the rest of humanity will no longer tolerate delusional behavior after a point.
Aspects of this process can be seen to a small degree by analyzing the internet of today. Dogmatic religion has tried to create a web presence for itself, but has met with limited success. Self-limiting behaviors have difficulty surviving in an advanced and free environment. Indeed, ideas that attempt to limit and hold back the individual have lost ground since the beginning of time, and will continue to do so at an accelerated rate.
The question of how we should deal with difficult groups fighting against progress is not easily answered. Many of these people believe they are fighting for the future of humanity, but they will undoubtedly cause great destruction and loss of life, regardless of their intentions. They may be friends, family, and good people, but we must make sure they fail.
One thing can be said for sure: this is not going to be a process free of pain and disagreement for anyone. It will be chaotic for a time—but progress will come with the chaos: humanity will survive and rise far higher than before. The question is, will you?