Essay on My Vision of Tomorrow
627 WordsOct 18th, 19993 Pages
My Vision of Tomorrow
Tomorrow's world will be much different and also, much better in many ways. We will have developed much better technology. We will have made huge medical advancements. The general quality of life will be much better, and living will also have become much easier. Still, nothing can ever be perfect, and in a world of the future, we will experience many complex and unavoidable problems such as depletion of resources, overpopulation, and the threat of nuclear and biological warfare. The solutions to these dilemmas will not be immediately apparent; but, we will have to overcome them. The future could hold great opportunities for many people, but we will need to work at it.
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Things that doctors cannot even comprehend today will become clear to us in the not so distant future. Everyone will also be living longer due to the knowledge of more remedies and of enhanced wellness.
People will also be much different in the future. They will become more separate from each other (linked only by computer and telephone). They will become even more materialistic and our society will move closer and closer to complete capitalism. Rules and laws will also be much stricter and the kind of crime that is commonly seen today will become rare in the future.
The days to come will not be without problems and stress though. To overcome problems like waste disposal, depleted natural resources, world nuclear and biological warfare, and global warming will be no easy task. Everyone around the world will have to join together and help each other to solve problems that will eventually effect all of us. One of the biggest problems that we will have to deal with is the deterioration of the average family and its values. If the human race cannot get out of the hole that is has dug, everyone in it will be doomed to extinction.
So, to sum it up, the future can and will most likely be great, but to achieve this greatness, humans will have to make some personal sacrifices and they will have to face many hardships. For now, we can look forward to the world of
Maude Barlow of the Council of Canadians, our favourite social activist, recently put it most succinctly: "Sustainable development means improving the quality of human life within the carrying capacity of supporting ecosystems". As I write, it is hard to imagine that there is anything wrong with the world. The sun glints on the waters of Fulford Harbour, just below the window of our home on Salt Spring Island on the west coast of Canada, reflecting the blue of a clear sky. Mt. Maxwell, newly shed of snow, looms magnificently over the head of the harbour. Truly we are blessed in this place and we feel especially fortunate as the news pours in of continuing carnage in Israel and corrupt elections in Africa. But even in this island paradise, home to many prosperous people, it is easy to find signs that something is wrong. That latest snowfall came in mid-March, later than any other in memory. Across the mountains to the east, the Canadian interior has suffered its third winter of drought in as many years. Weather is changing and we are changing it, even as our leaders wrangle over the merits of the Kyoto Accord. At dinner the other night, a friend reminisced about how a few decades ago he caught 15 kg salmon here in Fulford Harbour, where none are to be found today. Few can make their living at fishing around here. And the slopes of Mt. Maxwell and the valley are scarred by the clearcut logging of the last two years, put to rest only by the expensive investments of local residents and governments in the purchase of parkland (some of it already cut). If there had been less community will - and less wealth to support it - we would have seen much of the south end of the island denuded. And who benefited? A couple of land developers and a handful of off-island loggers, who are now out of a job because of American duties imposed on our lumber exports.
The view of Mt. Maxwell inspired the title of our neighbour Robert Bateman's recent book: "Thinking Like a Mountain". Bob, an ardent conservationist as well as noted wildlife artist, was moved to express in it, as he entered his 70th year, his own "small is beautiful" philosophy. Our view of a sustainable future is very much like his: one in which all would strive to live within their ecological means. Critically, this means working to reverse the trend of market economics that so drives the social agenda of the rich Western countries and is being rapidly adopted by their Eastern counterparts. Economic growth is good only insofar as it takes place without compromising the future of our descendants. This is as true in the "Third World" as it is in the affluent countries, but it is a deep challenge to convince people who do not have enough to eat that they should not strive for the overblown riches of the G7 nations. Unfortunately, it suits the transnational corporations to nourish consumer demand wherever they find it.
In our view of the future, people will have reclaimed the agenda of their lives from the corporate empire that increasingly is filling the role of Church and State the world over. They will not have destroyed commercial enterprise but rather tempered it with an understanding of how the natural world functions and an ethical framework that respects both humanity and the global ecosystem. As we still understand our ecology in a most imperfect way and because there is little sense of responsibility in international corporate enterprise, it is a major challenge to us to learn and to change. But we will have learned as we pay attention to, and support, the voices of reason, such as ecologist David Suzuki here in Canada. We will have changed as we accepted the responsibility for the future of children and grandchildren - not just ours but those the world over. This will have happened not just because of the exercise of reason, but of something called love - a word you do not hear many politicians and CEOs using these days. Not just love of those close to us and whom we find beautiful - that is easy to exercise. But rather the love taught by Christ and the great prophets of all world religions: love that embraces the whole of our natural world and which comes of an understanding that it is God's gift for us to treasure. Utopian? Of course. But without seemingly unattainable goals - and people who believe that somehow they can be reached - we will never get there.
Pip and John Moore,
Salt Spring Island