"The conversation was only possible because it was framed as a discussion about the future. The future is where people can abandon their immediate turf interests and think about new possibilities, new constituencies, things that may be “unthinkable” today. The future is often a “safe place,” maybe the only safe place for highly charged discussions. It is also a place where people can glean a bit from each other’s thinking, unpack each other’s assumptions, and start to build shared understanding, if not compromise.
People must see themselves as actors in the future. To do that, the abstract future must be made proximate and tangible.
Our present experiences and environments, including our physical surroundings, influence how we think. They are the filters on our imagination. And on a daily basis we are surrounded mostly by artifacts from the present or the past — buildings, streets, roads, infrastructure that was built decades, sometimes centuries ago. There is rarely anything in our physical environment and day-to-day interactions that gives us tangible and actionable signs of potential futures. For most people, the future is just not a part of their daily experience.
People need to have a sense of urgent optimism. The future can inspire wonder, awe, and hope.
Awe, unlike happiness or contentment, is that rare feeling we get when we are in the presence of something vast or great."
Trechos retirados de "The Future as a Way of Life: Alvin Toffler’s Unfinished Business"