Coping in the Future

So, I was thinking.

We hear of visionaries wanting to create colonies on Mars. A conservatory on the Moon. Anywhere other than here. And with our growing want for shiny new play things, devices that numb us, dumb us and separate us from ourselves and each other, will we cope with these grand visions for the future?

As we become more cemented in, moving away from nature and the balance we have living in reciprocity with others on Earth, the more we see mental illness rise, suicide and depression on the increase.

Whilst conceptual images of a happy, thriving society adorn the pages of visionary websites, with their glass walls, robots fulfilling our every need, shiny surfaces and minimalist white spaces, flecked with the subtlest hint of colour, shouldn’t we be asking ourselves why this eagerness for disconnect from the natural world?

We work to save our money and celebrate those two glorious weeks in the sun. The Sun. A source of energy. A natural presence which we cannot live without. We lay be the sea; that natural and awesome shifting mass, waves coming in and out, sighing with its own gentle breath. We seek shelter from the palm trees, and breathe the clean sea air.

Fire, water, earth and air.

Where’s that in our future vision?

The more we think ourselves as all important beings who’s thirst for technological advancement has far more precedence and importance over the naturalness of what we truly are, the more we will cease to be.

So, next time you’re wowed by the latest vision of the perfect future, with flying cars, huge multiplex societies living in their glass domes, the whiteness of nothingness surrounding us, take a moment to go hug a tree and ask yourself if the future we appear to be chasing is the one which will allow us to truly thrive?

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