“When did the future switch from being a promise to being a threat?”
Mankind has realised that any effort to find a reason to justify its own existence is actually useless.
Our evolution, that we can definitely assume to be an involutionary process, turned the human kind being into a condition where the race probably got to the maximum of the biological possibilities. What will come next? Is it possible that the next step will involve creatures whose basic capacities so radically exceed those of present humans as to be no longer unambiguously human by our current standards? Probably those entities will be able to "become" or embody different identities and understand the world from multiple, heterogeneous perspectives reaching a sort of so called “post human condition” while seeking to maintain intellectual rigor and a dedication to objective observations.
Mankind’s hunger for keeping the evolution of techniques and tools vivid brought our race to struggle to feed itself of artificialism, spoiling biodiversity and becoming a black hole which swallows everything. The act of digesting creates nothing but toxicity that keeps on spoiling our planet and the life forms which populate it.
Since mankind started ruling the world, this process never stopped. Even when the balance was found, mankind kept growing, expanding and evolving, reaching a condition which is too distant from the original natural flow.
Hypothetically, we’re trying to ascend to an higher plane of existence in order to have a better control of the Earth and its happenings, but more and more people all over the world have to struggle for their own existence; a constantly decreasing number of people are able to focus on the happiness. The balance got lost and probably the time for a radical change is getting closer and closer. “The end was contained in the beginning”, all we can do at this point is just to wait for the advent of the new cycle, wait for the advent of the MONOLITH to set the new order.