Utopia vs. Dystopia: The Choice is Yours

It used to be that people progressed with future generations in mind. In the construction of huge, intricate buildings and monuments, the foundation was laid for the children to build the walls, grandchildren to furnish, and great-grandchildren to enjoy. It seems to me that along the way we have decided that what is most important is the here and now. This huge movement of “living in the present” puts a cap on our way of thinking if you ask me. I’ve already touched upon this subject in my first post, “Forward Thinking” but we seemed to have lost the meaning behind the importance of thinking ahead. I often see “thinking ahead” criticized as not being in the here and now and not enjoying the moment. On the contrary, I believe we should always be in that frame of mind, be thinking about the consequences of our actions and especially the impact it will have on other people. In our society’s advancement, we seem to be oddly focused on ourselves. Instant gratification and commercialism are both fine examples of this. Don’t get me wrong, I am not trying to say that our generation is not important. I’m just pointing out that it would do us a world of good to think about future generations.
Sustainable energy is a very pressing issue right now that you rarely see the media report on. It’s common knowledge that our oil is being used up, it certainly doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that fossil fuels are completely unsustainable. Our generation needs to take a more active role in ensuring that our children and our children’s children will not wind up with an energy crisis. It’s fantastic to see more and more wind power being utilized by school systems across Maine and across the entire United States for that matter, and to see people close to me actively getting educated to ensure a  sustainable future for us.  (Shout out to my buddy Keith Crogan)
I was watching the Science Channel for a good part of my morning and they were doing some sort of marathon on science-fiction authors who are now considered visionaries for their prophecies of the future. H.G. Wells, Ridley Scott and Philip Dick were among those spoken of. All of these people had the ability to look at the pressing issues and advancements in science in their time and think of ways those concepts could evolve to either potentially harm us, or do us more good. The major difference in these men were their tendencies to refer to a Utopian future or a Dystopian future.
The way I see it, the deciding factor of where our world will be 50/100/1000 years from now will always lie in the hands of the living generation. If we stick to the way of  thinking that the media wants us to think, we will without a doubt head into dystopia. There will be complete self-destruction in our society if we do not start thinking about our children. I’m 23 and single, but nearly every day I try to make progress to better myself to be able to provide for my future family. It’s a hard road in this period of time because we are already on a downward slope. What we need is to band together and empower each other to live our lives in the hopes for a better tomorrow.
As a final thought, I came across an organization called They Shall Walk in my journeys on the Science Channel today. To quote its website’s About page, “(They Shall Walk) was founded to give the gift of walking, raise awareness of paralyzed and other disabled persons, improve their quality of life through technology, provide for the needs of mobility impaired, (and to) provide educational opportunities for students, teachers, mentors and schools.) It was founded by a former military man named Monty K. Reed when he was told that he would be a quadriplegic for the rest of his life, that it was permanent, and that he should “just accept it”. Never the quitter, Monty did his research and created, no joke here, an exoskeleton lifesuit to assist him in his walking. Over a decade later, he continues his work to help the lives of others with his problem. You can view the official website here, and be sure to like their page on Facebook here. Now if that isn’t progress with others in mind, what is? :)



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