I’m wondering whether it’s natural for technological civilizations to develop according to a kind of “natural” trajectory: They either get wiped out, or wipe out themselves, or progress to a stage of ultimate wisdom at which they not only reach technological, but also social and philosophical maturity. At that stage, they can do about anything that is physically possible, including colonizing the cosmos, simulating other universes, and maybe even change the laws of physics, create new universes, or travel between them.
Social maturity would mean that they get rid of stupid stuff like poverty and wars. They would cease all kinds of big conflicts, because they would be ultimately wise (at least the mature and influential entities) and know how to do things the best way, period. No need to argue about stuff. They would just do what the ultimate wisdom would tell them is the right thing to do. Which means, they would have perfected philosophy. There may still be some open questions, but there would be an ideal way to systematically discover the answers, like science 42.0 or something.
If we are really lucky, we might reach this state of ultimate wisdom within a few centuries or millenia.
The alternative to that scenario is that there is not anything near this “ultimate wisdom” thing and we (whoever “we” will be) will continue arguing about small and large matter indefinitely, with different fractions striving to maximize their power and influence – in more or less violent ways.
I have been alternating between both positions quite a few times. Most recently I felt quite drawn to the “ultimate wisdom” scenario again.