Is the Future Boring?

In Uncategorized on November 23, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Let’s imagine a world (in, say, 2150) that has achieved a rough parity in living standards—the problems of poverty and development are essentially solved. We’ve managed our strain on the environment so that it is no longer an existential threat, we can treat most diseases and epidemics, and religious and national identities and conflicts have greatly diminished with globalization.

What will we do then? Humanity has always been energized by threats to our survival, by national struggles, and by the metaphysical promises of our religions. What will we do if the future holds none of these energizing principles? How will we busy ourselves in a universe that looks more cold, impersonal, and lonely than any philosopher would have guessed?

It would be cool if someone in the future unearthed this, and had an answer. Of course, she might just as easily be reading from a bomb shelter, or from an alien work camp. Thoughts?


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