The bigger the vision, the clearer the road

On rising above current turmoil

In tumultuous times it’s easy to let your attention get captured by the buzz of disturbing current events. But to get some perspective it’s worth stepping back.

What do we think the world might be like, 50 or 100 years from now? What are the long term trends that are going to shape how things pan out for our grandchildren?

The shape of the world that we have today is actually in large measure the result of forces that were set in motion a long time ago. If some of the things happening today drive us towards panic and protest, we may well consider whether reactivity is the best mode for ensuring a better future.

There are a lot of bad things happening right now, but not all the long term trends in society are negative. There are positive trends too, that have tremendous potential for transforming the world into an unimaginably better place than it is today.

To me, it is hard to imagine that the world 100 years from now will be divided into viciously competing nations. I’m sure that it is going to become more and more obvious that fanatical nationalism just isn’t viable.

It’s also hard to imagine that some tremendous work won’t be done in the next 100 years to solve our environmental problems. We can only bury our heads in the sand for so long before we just have to face these problems head on.

Unfortunately there promises to be considerably more pain ahead before humanity reaches a better state of collective consciousness to be able to deal with its current acute issues more constructively.

But, it’s do or die. And I think, sooner or later, we are going to do what we need to do.

The benefit of looking ahead is that it can give us a clearer vision, and greater confidence, about what we need to do now.

And there’s a lot that everyone can do, in building up their local communities, carrying out their professions with integrity, and developing well-thought out proposals for the betterment of the world. There are masses of people doing these things.

Let’s not despair.

[This article was first published on my Facebook page.]