We can’t know the future, but we can – and do – believe in it. And if we don’t actively design the one we believe in, the world will design one for us, with all of its personal agendas and bad news and ominous portends and fears.
The way we operate today is very much a product of what we believe about the future. If we believe the end is nigh, then it doesn’t matter what we do today. But if we believe in a future that is better than today, we act to make it happen.
So I say the future is going to be better than today. I believe humanity is going to get to a place where we talk through our difficulties; where we are all meaningfully, emotionally connected enough to recognize when one of us is out of balance; where we recognize that the thought of intentionally hurting another human being is cause for getting serious help.
Maybe most fundamentally, I believe in a future where humanity recognizes that all human beings are indeed human beings, and are to be treated as such, regardless of the circumstances. With respect and care and compassion.
And all it’s going to take to get there is a little skill-building.
We need to learn how to reach out to people we disagree with, with honest curiosity and empathy. We need to learn how to ask good questions and listen to the answers. We need to learn how to set the tone for meaningful communication, and how to reduce the tension of conflict.
Just as importantly, we need to get better at understanding ourselves. Recognizing our own emotions and knowing how to use them. Knowing how to organize our thoughts and how to communicate what we believe.
And crucially, before any of this skill-building can begin, we just need to decide to do it.
And this is something we all can do. Today.
What do you think? What is your vision of hope for the future? Share your thoughts below, and help add to the mix of positivity.
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