At the beginning of the 21st century, people feel united as never before but also, paradoxically, they feel disunited at the same time! Having found ourselves on the brink of self-destruction, we perceive with a varying degree of conscious awareness the need to unite in the face of unseen threats. At the same time, we are divided by serious disagreements based on divergent interests, values and ambitions. One thing is obvious: today’s challenges are the most large-scale and significant that people have ever had to face. The significance of the challenges derives from the fact that the reasons and basis of global problems, risks and catastrophic events can be traced to the side effects and consequences of our own activity, and our treatment of the environment and each other. Over the last hundred odd years, human reason and the products of its activity have shown qualities that are more destructive than beneficial. This might have occurred because, possessed by an illusion of omnipotence, we began to claim boundless superiority over the natural state of things. Perhaps, the cause is that some ideas on which we used to base our goals and life assessment have proven to be not only false but dangerous. But whatever the real cause, we have now found ourselves in a dramatic situation that can result either in the death of all life (a fast or slow death depending on the factors creating it), or in a real unification of people in order to survive. The latter is not only the most important condition for solving global problems, by removing threats and alleviating contradictions, but also the first step on the road to the spiritual and technological – in the long run – evolutionary transformation of humanity. Only by being united can we meet these challenges. To do this, humanity must undergo a supra-national integration process to survive and preserve the natural environment for themselves and their descendants.
The real unification of people is not only the most important condition for solving global problems, by removing threats and alleviating contradictions, but also the first step on the road to the spiritual and technological – in the long run – evolutionary transformation of humanity.
Today, what resembles utopia, namely human unity and a harmonious and systemically managed world based on such unity, has no alternative if we are to survive as a species and save the Earth as a planet. The necessity for world integration does not derive from some abstract moral-ethical considerations and ephemeral utopian dreams or secret plans of an anonymous world government. It derives from a critical state of the global world and is dictated by the survival instinct, which we can comprehend at the level of common sense.
To achieve this highly important civilisation-historical program of moving from salvation from self-destruction - to global problem solving - to sociogenic and environmental risk minimisation - to world order harmonisation - to the transfer to qualitatively higher social and evolutionary development, humanity needs to unite, become integral, and cast itself as the single living species unified both by common problems and common needs, solutions and prospects. Humanity will not be able to complete this programme in any condition other than an integrated one (at the level of institutions, elites, communities, assets and technologies). The time of disparate, sporadic and differentiated progressist missions has gone! The global character of the world has made it more vulnerable than in any other period in human history. In this situation, no nation, wherever its geographical location, can be exempt from the negative processes of our times; nor can it stay out of the process of resolving these issues to let humanity survive as a species and nature survive with its ecosystem and habitat.
To implement global human integration, the greatest project in the history of our species, we would need realistic and efficient models, mechanisms and technologies capable of kick-starting constructive changes in all spheres of public life: politics, economy and culture. The Planetary Project intends to set goals and offer solutions: they are described in subsections of this section.
Global human integration aims not only to unite people and alleviate tension associated with global risks, but make it possible to create a system of planetary governance institutions. This system will be able to ensure conditions for a new type of civilisation, which would be biocompatible, noospheric and harmonious.