Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Imagine the Future

Ten years have passed. It's 2019. Where will we be?

Will it be disaster?

Will 2012 have brought about the end of the world? Will climate change have wiped out our coastlines and threatened the rest of us with wildly unpredictable weather and food crises?
Will the wars in the Middle East spilled into the rest of the world? Will a small country with nuclear weapons launch an attack with horrific results? Will some new superpower emerge? What about energy? What about new technological developments?
Will we each live secluded in a small, virtual world with no real interaction?

Will it be the beginning of an Age of Enlightenment?

Will we have learned to create energy with no impact on the planet? Will we repair the damage we've done to the environment? Will humans learn to respect each other and work together to solve the world's problems?

Will we decide our industrial society is destroying us and collectively choose a more agrarian lifestyle? Will we create an entirely new kind of urban life and preserve the rural landscape for all of us to enjoy?

Will the arts become as valuable to us as technology? Will we finally banish the starving artist stereotype? Will money become obsolete?

I'm not predicting - I'm asking. I'd be interested to hear what you think.

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