Historically, communities throughout the world are settled, fought over and resettled in a continual pattern of coercion, interdependence, and finally cooperation. This long-term pattern has been repeated many times throughout the history of civilization. In a world with the capacity to reflect upon itself, perhaps we may learn to avoid repeatable and repeated offenses. In recent centuries, people, nations have begun to confederate under a sovereign will based on interactive principles of shared community, combined with individual freedoms. Within a few generations, the USA, the European Union, the African Union, the Arab League, have all begun to take the shape of distributed environments. Imagine unions in South America, Mexico, the Middle-East, and Asia sharing resources through a unified distribution of smaller states or countries.
A Collection of Writings on Nature, Science, and Art by John Holland