It’s voting day tomorrow, and as I was thinking about a post I could write that wouldn’t fall into either of the conservative or liberal camps, I stumbled across something I hadn’t thought about before – something important that I think we need to reclaim.
To vote well, to cast a ballot and permanent-ize your opinion in the right spirit, you have to believe in the future.
The Future Was…
In a recent book (I’ll tell you about it in a later post) I was reading about how American culture has sort of forgotten about the future.
Up until the last 20 years or so there was loads of mass cultural dreaming about the future. You see it clearly in all sorts of advertising, books, sci-fi movies, etc. of the time – the monorails, the hover-crafts, the space odessey’s, the cylons, the rocketmen, the tribbles, space colonization, Barbarella – oh, my sweet, sweet Barbarella – and all that wonderfulness.
Now all that future stuff feels cliché and cheesy, like we’ve already done it – like we’ve already colonized other planets and built transports and united the human race. But we haven’t.
And it seems that we’re not dreaming about the future in a mass-culture sort of way anymore. Maybe the production quality of the 60s/70s left a bad taste in our mouths or something… but we don’t seem to be asking the same questions about the future that our fore bearers were. And I think this is costing us.
I mean, I haven’t even got a goddam hover-board yet!
The Future Is Calling
Well, our kids deserve a future rife with hover-boards. Our kids deserve to dream and hope for a bigger, more exciting, more wonderful universe full of possibility and sexy alien women – BARBARELLLLLLAAA! And I think we’d all do well to start dreaming again about the future… out loud, to our kids.
So, how do you think about the future? What do you think it will be like? What do you want it to be like? Have you thought about it?
Here’s what I think about the future. I’ve never thought about it before, so I created something of a prayer or creed to help us dream rightly about the universe of our great grandchildren.
The Future Is…
I believe in the future.
I believe in the world of tomorrow…
the America, Canada, Europe, Russia, Asia, Africa, Australia, South America of tomorrow (I don’t believe in the Antarctica of tomorrow).
… without war, without the need for enormous defense budgets
… or, at least, with all the nations pooling resources for intergalactic defense budgets. I could believe in that. Cuz it will take us some time to broker the relationship with the Barbarellas out there.
I believe in mankind getting better at life.
I believe that our infatuation with consumerism could be an evolutionary fad…
that we’ll figure out how to manage production, natural resources, entrepreneurial problem solving, and individual/collective wisdom to be better humans, better nations, and better creative elements in the universe.
I believe in freedom…
in the ability for a man or woman to dream about the future and contribute with the rest of the world towards universal betterment in his or her own naturally creative ways.
I believe in space travel…
in building forts on other planets.
So here’s to our kids’ future – a future where our kids are more hopeful about the future than we are.
What’s your vision for the future? What do you want to see? Comment and let us know!