Thinking Ahead: The Value of Future Consciousness was a huge eye opener this week. Lombardo describes future consciousness as an innate part of our being. I agree with his statements of concern for a general loss of future consciousness. Prior to this reading, I would have said I had a strong future consciousness. It has been brought to my attention that I am just as wrapped up in my own world as everyone else. Of course I knew this to some degree, but at this time in my life it’s coming at a different angle. I am a senior in college, the future is looming, I think about it constantly in regards to my life’s direction, but that is the extent of it. I don’t think about future beyond a year in advance, and I have a hard time imagining a different world for future generations to deal with. I struggle to connect myself with the consequences the world is facing.
My epiphany really comes with seeing a link between my personal history, what I believe to be possible about the future, and what effect I believe I have on change. I am very pessimistic, but I always see the glass as half full. I have very low self-efficacy and a negative self-narrative. These are personal battles I fight with myself and my past every day. I never considered these thought processes would be harming anyone else but me. I am starting to grasp the impact I have toward change.
I think individuals looking at a global problem are easily overwhelmed; I know I am. Thinking about all the issue wrong with society, the environment, and the challenge of making progressive change, can be a huge burden to face. Some people can’t face that burden, or can’t handle thinking that large. Understanding the role each
of us play in making positive changes for the future seems to be a vital
component of creating a sustainable environment. So, what is missing?
Connecting to the issues and solutions, I believe, would increase individual
participation in advocating a great amount of change. I often wonder, “If we all cared just enough to take care of the cities we lived in, could it make a difference on a larger scale?”
Society is very self-absorb and concerned with consumption. I see consumption as a way to fill a void, a desperate way to connect to something. We all enjoy Pinterest, but what are we really looking for when we are scanning images on this sight? We see images of colorful food, lavish homes, peaceful spaces, wedding fantasies, idealistic bodies, wardrobe bobbles, and cities far away. We seemed to be perpetuating our consumption levels as we lust after a life of a perfect images. We keep our selves very sheltered from the realities that most people live in. Even though it can be said we live in a time of globalization, it seems as though we are more disconnected than ever from what’s really going on around us on multiple levels.
I am not sure any of those thoughts actually run together on paper as they do in my mind. Hopefully, I am being clear. While I feel more aware of my own future consciousness and concerned about the future consciousness of society, I also feel more empowered. We need to accept our faults, our mistakes, our human created damage, and move forward. We need to stop trying to find someone to blame and find solutions.
As we move forward in class, I hope we will learn about the challenges we face in the government and innovations currently underway that are trying to solve some of the issue in our design related fields. I also hope we talk about how, not only as consumers, but as professionals in design fields, we have a greater responsibility to make change and greater power to encourage change.