Imagine if the libraries of Ancient Egypt were never destroyed? The people of Kemet had at least 3,000 years of knowledge in libraries across their territory before it was burned down. Twice. Some believe ancient Egypt was around even longer, maybe it was even over 30,000 years old. A remnant of a civilization from prehistoric times that thrived just before or during the Younger Dryas.
What if the knowledge of the ancient civilizations wasn’t lost? Where would humanity be in regards to civilization? Would we be unimaginably advanced because of the collective knowledge that had been saved for tens of thousands of years? What could we have accomplished? What leaps could we have made at this point in time?
I imagine a world where medicine is so advanced, the thought of cutting into a human to do surgery seems barbaric and unimaginable. A place where energy does not come from fossil fuels. Perhaps disease has been completely removed from the spectrum. Famine is nonexistent. Food is our medicine and using drugs to heal patients has become archaic.
Imagine there is no such thing as a car accident death, or a war for energy. I imagine the collective knowledge has created a world where traveling to Mars is either a normal occurrence, or Mars has created its own society and way of life for centuries.
We don’t have to imagine that both Voyager 1 and 2 breached the edge of the solar system in 2012 and 2018 respectively. This is something humans accomplished with a consistent habit of literally burning knowledge away like wood for a fire, banning it for the prospect of power, and forgetting it homo-sapiens have built in amnesia. Knowledge is an endangered species.
Imagine an alternate reality where our collective knowledge has built up over eons and the libraries of the Indus Valley Civilization, or the Bantus that moved across a great deal of the African continent (a feat in itself). On an earth we have sent humans to the edge of the solar system. Probes excited the solar system bubble more than two centuries ago versus a few years ago. I imagine we are trying to figure out how to get humans to the nearest star. Faster than the speed of light is our goal. A daunting one to say the least. But knowledge of the atom, introduced by Greek philosopher Democritus who lived more than 2,000 years ago was never lost (a figure who most likely learned his discipline from Ancient Egyptian scholars). Instead of rediscovering ideas we learned millennia ago in the 17th century, scientist and thinkers would perhaps have learned and discovered ideas and concepts we have yet to accomplish outside of science fiction novels and novels.
Or maybe we would have figured out how to manipulate worm holes. What scientist explain as bending space to travel the far reaches of the Milky Way galaxy (one of my favorite ideas for interstellar travel).
Now this is a touchy one so stick with me. Imagine a world where billionaires are altruistic and have used their resources to push research along at unbelievable levels. I imagine a world where knowledge is at a level where we love for centuries.