Own It

“The future is not someplace we are going to, but a place we are creating.”

~John Schaar

“There is no ‘out there,’ independent of what is going on ‘in here’.”

~Fred Allan Wolf

“When it comes to the future, there are three kinds of people: those who let it happen, those who make it happen, and those who wonder what happened,” John M. Richardson. Which kind are you? The future hasn’t happened yet; and it is uncertain. It is waiting for a builder. Are you the kind of person who wants to be part of its construction?

In fact, making the future happen should be the urgent goal today for the public and for our politicians. What republicans and democrats and the people need today is a future sense worldview. A worldview is: “an overall perspective from which one sees and interprets the world; a collection of beliefs about life and the universe,”Dictionary. A future sense worldview is a collection of beliefs that are open and inclusive. 

Future Phobia, fear of the future, was one of my four neuroses in my article Future Sense in the FUTURIST, Journal of the World Future Society, 1993. (The other three were: Info-mania, Paradigm Paralysis and Reverse Paranoia.) We need to replace Future Phobia today with Future Sense. The trouble with the future is that it doesn’t exist; except in our minds. It is what we have been creating in our minds; and in our plans, our objectives, our dreams and fears. And in our biases. “The future is inside us, not just in front of us,” California Governor Gavin Newson. The future inside us is what I call Future Sense. And the title of my soon to be published new book. I have often said: “your image of the future may be the most important factor in determining what you future will be.” This image is your Future Sense and makes your Future Sense powerful. 

The future is defined as: “an indefinite time to come; something that will happen.” Although the future is not something that is happening now, it is happening in our heads now. Making sense of what is in our heads now should be our goal. Replacing our overall perspective of a fear of the future with Future Sense makes sense. 

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.”

~Dr. Seuss, Oh The Places You’ll Go

“Don’t look back you’re not going that way.”


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3 Responses to DON’T FEAR THE FUTURE

  1. bcasey427 says:

    I so agree that we need to have the future in our heads….but we also need our selves working hard to make it happen.

  2. EUGENE UNGER says:

    Thanks H 👏 good thinking! Good to hear from you. Love to Carol. Rose and I are doing well.

    Sent from my iPhone


    • hbgelatt says:


      Thanks for the positive response. Good news you and Rose are doing well. so are Carol and me. That’s good news for nowadays!!! Are you watching any sports?

      I get my vaccine on Saturday

      H B


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