The future is not some place we are going to, but one we are creating, John Schaar.
Once upon a time there was yesterday, today and tomorrow. Yesterday was well known, today was as usual, and tomorrow was somewhat foreseeable. Today we have a whole new world. There are many different versions of yesterday, some of it is ignored. Today there is nothing usual. And tomorrow is unpredictable. Yet, what we do today determines what happens next. Therefore, today really matters.
Since tomorrow hasn’t happened yet; it needs to be created. Our image of tomorrow may be the most important factor in determining what it will be. Herein lies the problem. We have dramatically different beliefs in our collective minds about what we want tomorrow to be. Yes, it is our future; but it is a different future, because it is our immediate future. It will happen soon and we can see the results right away.
Creating an immediate future, like creating a more distant future, requires three beliefs: the future is not predetermined; it is not predictable and it is persuadable. Believing that tomorrow is persuadable is necessary in order to do something about it today. It is a necessary strategy for creating our desired future one tomorrow at a time.
Today we live in a world of chaos with widespread cultural and belief diversity. The cultural evolution of our collective minds recently has been mind boggling. It seems that we are going backward, not forward. Certainly not better. My recommendation for tomorrow’s cultural evolution, of course, is a collective open and inclusive worldview. Open-mindedness makes us receptive to new ideas and inclusiveness makes us consider the common good. I have written many blogs about these concepts.
The battle cry today is: “In order to have a better tomorrow, we need a better leader.” Not just a better leader, but a visionary leader — to point the way. I suggest that our future doesn’t depend on a visionary leader. It depends on everyone becoming a leader. Tomorrow’s future depends on everyone doing it together. Tomorrow is everyone’s responsibility today. You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today, Abraham Lincoln.
Because it is easier to be the result of the past than to be the cause of the future, to create a better tomorrow may require us to learn from yesterday and to invent tomorrow. Tomorrow hasn’t happened yet. It is waiting to be created — right behind our eyes and with our behavior.
You must be the change you wish to see in the world. Mahatma Gandhi
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. Eleanor Roosevelt
You must be the change you wish to se in the world. Mahatma Gandhi
We are called to be architects of the future, not its victims. R. Buckminster Fuller
The future starts today, not tomorrow. Pope John Paul II