Time Ain’t No River

“The trouble is that you think you have time.”

-Buddha

Accurately predicting the future is something we humans haven’t quite mastered yet. For example: This was supposed to be a warm winter in Canada, the world was going to end last month, and it doesn’t look like we’re getting those hoverboards or flying cars Back to the Future II predicted we’d have by 10/21/2015. Nonetheless, the future is an inspiring subject to many.

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What will 2030 look like? We currently predict that it will feel warmer as the world’s major polluting nations fail to meet their own goals of carbon reduction. Or so we think. The truth is that we don’t know, nor could we. We can only possess knowledge of what we understand now and one of the few things that can be certain is that there is a lot more out there.

The Earth’s climate changes in ways that are well-beyond the reach of mortal (wo)men, though we are certainly not powerless in shaping our futures. Human beings live in a great age where we have realized that pretty much anything imagined can be done. Our evolution has brought us to a point where we don’t need to hunt (or eat meat at all), where we have the technological ability to produce energy while minimizing impact to the planet (though those efforts are oft-thwarted by current energy conglomerates), and the vast majority of impairments to our health can be readily treated by modern medicine.

We may still be a couple decades (or so) away from being able to travel through time, but that doesn’t stop anyone from dreaming about the future just because time is still a constant. Nor should it.

What do you envision the future will look like? If I were to build my personal utopia, it would be a peaceful, green, artful and accepting place with little income disparity. This may just sound like a party full of dirty hippies to others, and I’m alright with that. However, if I’m truly passionate about my vision, the question really becomes “How will my ideal future happen?” Sadly, the answer is with effort and time.

With all of the modern technology making it so that we can do almost anything with the click of a button, change is not one of them. Time is also something most of us feel short on. For many, it is even a constant irritation. From managing everyday monotony to maintaining relationships to planning for the future, there is a lot to keep on top of in the average Western adult life. It’s pleasant to imagine a bright future with all the luxuries and wonder of Star Trek: The Next Generation, but it will take the time of everyone who truly cares (or is paid to care) to get us there…

In this month’s issue, the second since our relaunch, we give time a lot of consideration. From five year plans, what we’re told we need to succeed, the language we use to express ourselves, and oasis’ for the smart and beautiful, we try to take the subject of The Future on in as broad a sense as possible. While possibly a little more whimsical than if it were to come out of a brain trust, we hope our varied opinions hit the mark for some of you and possibly inspire change, even just through thought, in the “small” amount of time it takes to read it all.

About Seamus Gearin

Séamus once found a $100 bill and gave it to the first person who passed by. He's regretted it ever since.