I’m feeling scared of the future, but also how Yeezy puts it: like I’m in a DeLorean. Because listen, I’m not afraid of technology, and I’m not afraid of change, but I am afraid of the unknown. Some say the future is always unknown, and this is mostly true, but technology’s affect on our economy is big, and it’s my own opinion but I predict lots of socio-economic shifts to occur, really fast, and these shifts appear to be big and sudden changes, but they are really just after-waves of the change that has already occurred.
I guess it’s like when geology-type, earthquake-watching people (what are they called?) saw that the earthquake occurred in the middle of the ocean. They knew that earthquake caused a tsunami, a tidal wave that was headed for the mainland. I bet you for them it was like watching a train wreck in slow motion.
I guess this earthquake causing tidal wave analogy leads to the idea of death, because certainly a terrible number of people died in the tsunami. But luckily for analogies and metaphors, I’m now talking about ego death and spiritual death-and-rebirth cycles, not physical RIP dying (mostly.)
The earthquake in this metaphor, for those who do know, is technology and the tidal wave is the unknown that I’m afraid of.
I’ll say it again – I’m not afraid of technology nor the changes it allows. I like them, some of them, anyway: ride-share, delivery of anything, a platform for everyone, connection over any topic; these are all our boons (I love that word, it means something helpful or beneficial.) But these are no small gifts, and Peter Parker’s uncle once said, “With great power, comes great responsibility.”
I don’t claim to promote any “right” way of using technology but despite our communal ways, humans are often every-man-for-himself. When I get to thinking like this, I feel depressed.
It’s time to focus on the positives then, all while staying curious and open to different perspectives. Yes, that’s how I’ll choose to face the future today.
In a space suit,