“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”
- Bilbo Baggins in LOTR : Fellowship of the Ring
I consider life to be a complex play & I am extremely curious about its story. Fortunately or unfortunately, its shrouded in the mist of the future. That does make life more interesting doesn’t it ?
The future has been a subject of speculation for ages. Religious texts all over the world contain prophecies for the future. Nostradamus’s work Les Propheties(1555) is frequently quoted even now. Who can forget the late Octopus Paul’s predictions about the immediate future of the Football World Cup ?
My first views of the future were influenced by watching Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek Series (started in 1966) back in the 90s. It was a brilliant depiction of a possible future. In it, mankind reaches a new level of technological progress prompting a new species to contact it. This unites all of mankind to move towards the common goal of progress & exploration.
We face many challenges like pollution, over population & its effects on the planet, strife, terrorism,Unequal distribution of financial resources etc. Only an united effort towards the spread of education & development can lead to a solution. In such troubled times where people are fighting against each other in the name of religion & race, any possibility which can unite us all is a wonderful thought.
Currently we face 2 possible scenarios :
- A doomed future ravaged by war & strife as depicted in ‘The Dark Tower’ series (1982) of Stephen King or even in the ‘Terminator Series’ (1984).
- A progressive future in which man has learned to coexist with each other & all our efforts are directed towards development.
In my opinion, Isaac Asimov’s ‘Foundation Series‘ (1939) is the best futuristic tale I have read. It encompasses both scenarios (destruction as a form of creation) leading eventually to humanity’s progress.
One can’t say which path we will take. Its something only time will tell. But we will do well to remember that our current actions will decide the fate of our future.
The past can’t see you, but the future is listening.
- Terri Guillemets (creator of The Quote Garden)