Becoming Futurists

Although seemingly unpopular with the majority of the class, I found the article about the metaphorical “Titanistad” to be interesting and noteworthy. Upon first reading, the article does seem radical and “out there,” but perhaps that’s what our predecessors would say and what our future generations will say about our excessive consumption and materialistic practices that come with the cost of a flourishing environment.

The author mentions “jumping ship” as a preferred solution to our, according to him, inevitable environmental wreck, which cuts against the popular grain that small, incremental changes are the best strategy for reducing our footprint. Instead, he suggests a paradigm shift as a solution most effective. I am glad to have been given two perspectives, so far in this course, on the way that we go about change as a society. One, in the article pertaining to the ever-changing fashions of the world, which suggested that small, incremental changes would be most effective in order to get a feel for what would best clean up our mess and the mess left behind for us, and another, in this article, which suggests that we need an immediate solution and a shift in the meaning of sustainability.

What I have gathered and interpreted into my own personal opinion is that it would be more effective to become “futurists,” as the second article from this past week suggests we become, in order to shift our perspectives and the way we think about our world, and then to innovate and brainstorm and try out new practices and processes. Instead of being ambulances, responding to messes after-the-fact, we must think of ourselves as surgeons, wounding our current industry and consumer norms, in order to see more clearly where the problems lie, to remove them and fix what we can, and then to allow time for healing and adjustment back to life. Instead of constantly coming up with new “medications” for our environmental and social issues, after-the-fact, it is becoming critical to explore the insides of industry practices and consumerism to determine where the problems lie and to eliminate them. Although this process may be painful and difficult and disruptive to societal norms, it is done for the purpose of healing and restoration.

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