TAKING THE FUTURE SERIOUS

by Truus Dokter in


We have almost entered the second decennium of the twenty-first century, however our mind and consciousness is still very connected to "the century that changed everything": two world wars, dealing with a lot of old dogma and prosperity for more and more people. 

After hundred years of activity, one is tended to sit back, thinking that the speed of life will shift to a lower gear. However, these times never come when we have planned them, instead we are now confronted with a credit crunch that hasn't shown it's real face yet.
Professionals and experts proclaim: "... uh no, we hadn't foreseen this, or yes, we have almost reached the highest point."
What is happening? Progress and development can't be stopped and will always have huge changes as a result, especially considering the inspiration we found in last centuries achievements. For instance mobile communication and the virtual world have changed our daily environment completely. So, it is very likely that the integration of technological innovation will continue at an even faster speed than we have experienced until now. The question is if our twentieth century minds are ready to except developments - already feasible - like: transforming a human into a cyborg, to collect energy with a space solar panel and beam it to earth, even sperm becoming superfluous in our reproduction. Climate change that can't be stopped anymore by mainly CO2 reduction and what to think of the food crisis, obviously caused by the environmental problems, however also influenced by the vanishing of large population of bees and the growing amount of chemicals in the food chain. Nature lost it's balance and it seems society - with the financial sector in the vanguard - acted accordingly.
The credit crunch has become a metaphor for improvidence and superficiality, portrait in unbridled greed initiated by slyboots unable to manage their "trics"
This is also the core of the matter: if you don't understand what you are doing, nor are able to define changes in society, how can you manage them? Contemporary politicians and managers often don't know what they manage, which only gets worst because they think and act according twentieth century parameters, inadequate to manage todays demands.
We have to start taking the future serious: new technique's and new social circumstances require a modern approach and methodology.
It is a fact that we entered a new millennium where distance between mankind and machine will diminish, chaos will take over from rationalism and discoveries done in the last two hundred years will be dismantled.