This is not a scientific attitude.
We are confronted with a daunting responsibility and task: To ensure we can accommodate a world population of 9.8 billion in 2050, and 11.2 billion in 2100. The current population size is about 7.5 billion.
If, as I explained, the current failed states are not able to recover from their current dire condition, in 2100 almost 3 billion people will live in failed states, and not have access to basic facilities.
The mess we now create with 7 billion people is already unbelievably large: What will the world look like in 2100, if appropriate action is not taken urgently (and we get there)?
Not to mention the impact of climate change.
A better understanding of the workings of the System is crucial to find timely solutions. Science is indispensable.
However, we still only have a very rudimentary understanding of historical processes and international relations: These are ignorant ‘sciences’. The existence of ‘underlying’ highly deterministic laws – for example – is still ignored. Don’t disturb!
This fundamental shortcoming hampers us in our ability to shape the international system, and ensure our collective well-being.