The Future Isn’t Boring (reader response)

In Uncategorized on November 24, 2010 at 12:00 pm

It’s nice to see the future through rose colored lenses, but I have to “respectfully disagree” that the future may be boring due to our successes at solving world problems. First, I think it’s pretty unlikely that we’ll get anywhere near any of those goals (call me pessimistic). Second, we (and nature) are always coming up with new problems. Think infectious diseases, global warming, overpopulation—there’s always a new crisis to address.

Third, I don’t think most people in the world are mobilized by these issues—or even concerned by them. We at Fletcher are the anomalies—the weirdos who want to focus on solving the world’s problems instead of fulfilling our societal roles, having families, making some money, maybe even buying a boat or ski jet or something. (Okay, I realize a lot of people want to do all of these things. More power to you, let me know when you find the cure for sleep.)

Say we do cure cancer, banish AIDS, unite Muslims, Jews, Christians et al, solve the energy crisis, abandon war, achieve equality between people, regardless of sex, religion or race, and appropriately adjust all the other phenomena that cause pain and suffering in the world. We can always ponder the meaning of life, infinity, and how to get to the center of a Tootsie pop, while watching our children play (non-violently) outside.


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