This was my and Tom’s first attempt to set out our proposed cosmic and optimistic narrative. An extract:
“The world you see around you is not defined by some grand struggle between America and Russia, India and China or radical Islam and modernity. Its fundamental patterns are not described by a clash of civilisations, global warming or a rebalancing from west to east.
Those things are just incidents. They are the twists and turns in a story of which economic crises, pandemics, wars, natural disasters, ideological disagreements and climate change are inevitable and implicit parts.
The human race, human civilisation and every aspect of the human world are the fine detail of a larger process – temporary phenomena thrown up by a 4.6-billion-year-old planet, with a 3-billion-year-old ecosphere.”