Chris Hedges is one of our best writers and speakers. In this essay, he lays out the idea that all technologically advanced civilizations across the universe face the same planetary challenges as we do now. Since the universe is ruled by the same laws everywhere, all beings are ultimately controlled by their planets, rather than the other way round.
Hedges writes: Robin Hanson in the essay, “The Great Filter—Are We Almost Past It?” argues that advanced civilizations hit a wall or a barrier that makes continued existence impossible. The more that human societies evolve, according to Hanson, the more they become “energy intensive” and ensure their own obliteration. This is why, many astronomers theorize, we have not encountered other advanced civilizations in the universe. They destroyed themselves.
read the rest of Hedge’s essay here.