The Future is Brighter than the Past

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Those who have no vision look to the past. Those who look to the past have no future. — James Shupp

I am a student of history, but I love the future more. The future is unwritten. It is unbound by the walls that divide us presently.

Trying to predict the future is a discouraging and hazardous occupation. Because the prophet invarably falls between two stools.

If his predictions sound at all reasonable, you can be quite sure that in 20 or at most 50 years the progress of science and technology has made him seem ridiculously conservative.

On the other hand, if by some miracle a prophet could describe the future exactly as it was going to take place — his predictions would sound so absurd, so far-fetched that everybody would laugh him to scorn.

This has proved to be true in the past and it will undoubtly be true, even more so, of the century to come.

The only thing that we can be sure of about the future is that it will be absolutely fantastic!

So if what I say now seems to you to be very reasonable then I’ll fail completely. Only if what I tell you appears absolutely unbelievable have we any chance of visualizing the future as it really will happen. — Sir Arthur C. Clark

The mobile phone has revolutionized human communications and is turning humanity into an endlessly chattering global family. What does this bring for us as a species?

Communications technologies are necessary, but not sufficient for us humans to get along with each other. This is why still have many disputes and conflicts in the world. Technology tools help us gather and issemiate information, but we also need qualities like tolerance and compassion to achieve greater understanding between peoples and nations.

I have great faith in optimism as a guiding principle, if only because it offers us the opportunity of creating a self-fulfilling prophecy. So, I hope that we’ve learned something from the most barbaric century in history — the 20th.

I would like to see us overcome our tribal divisions and begin to think and act as if you’re one family. That would be real globaliaztion.

As I complete 90 orbits, I have no regrets and no more personal ambitions, but if I may be allowed just three wishes, there would be these:

Personally, I would like to see some evidence of extraterrestrial life. I have always believed that we’re not alone in the universe…

Secondly, I would like to see us kick our current addiction to oil and adopt clean energy sources…

Third wish is one closer to home. I’ve been living in Sri Lanka for 50 years and half that time I’ve been a sad witness to the bitter conflict that divides my adopted country. I dearly wish to see lasting peace establish in Sri Lanka as soon as possible…

— Sir Arthur C. Clark

If history has shown us anything, it’s that the future is always radically different from what those in the past would expect. The optimism of dreamers gives us a goal to aim towards.

Inspired by Sir Arthur C. Clark, I too hope to share my dreams for the future. I hope to publish many of them here on my blog.

What’s the use of dreaming if no one knows?

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