Imagine…what would/could an ideal future look like?

 Em (@emily)10 years, 4 months ago

This is more of a creative exercise that might be used on kids…but I like to think of this sometimes & am very curious what your guys’s imaginations would spit out.
Imagine…just like the song (you can listen to it or not)…what could the world look like? What would it include…what would schools, governments, cities, zoos, communities, look like if we all "shared the world" & "lived as one"? What would the world include, or have gotten rid of?
One thing I imagine is awesome crazy buildings…I figure everyone who’s an architect/construction worker will be building structures for the sake of doing it & not to make money. I also imagine adult playgrounds…for sure. Be creative, what can you think up?

May 6, 2011 at 8:54 pm
Sean D Stevens (155) (@thelaughingfool) 10 years, 4 months ago ago

“The greatest enemy of a good plan is the dream of a perfect plan.”
~Karl von Clausewitz
As a neo-tribalist and someone who’s read Daniel Quinn’s Ishmael, the idea of a utopia seems like a very dangerous idea. Everyone and his grandmother thinks they have the solution to world peace, and it would work if everyone was perfect. But simple biology makes that physically impossible. We live in a world of limited resources, and as long as we need them, there will be fighting and struggle. I prefer to think of the world in terms of how to make the best of what we have.
Now, if anyone wants to call me out on being a pessimist, I have three things to say:
1st: So what?
2nd: How does being a realist also make you a pessimist.
3rd: It’s not really a pessimistic point of view. This is an analogy I have used on others: Let’s compare life to an endless road. For whatever reason, you must walk down this road. If you think there is a end to this road, say world peace, you will be tempted to run to finish walking down the road. And when you find there is no end, you will be tired and weary. So much so, that when another end appears in sight, you will be willing to do many things you promised you would not do. It is in this way that the pursuit of world peace leads to most of the tragedies and travesties of history.
I say we are in an ideal world, but we push it down when we try to improve it for everyone. If we want an ideal and perfect world, just let it happen. That’s what I say.

Matt P (16) (@mkp843) 10 years, 4 months ago ago

I have tried to design ‘eden’ or ‘utopia’ in my mind countless times… And I think that we are essentially preseted with the problems we are in life in order to manifest destiny when this life ends, go figure…

In du bai they do what you were talking about Em, when someone comes up with a cool idea for a building, they pool their resources and build it, just because it would be cool! They have islands in the shape of palm trees and other stuff.. pretty cool, everyone there is filthy rich just for the record…

And Sean I don’t think your being pessimitic at all. I think our key to success lies in ensuring, people, and resources are not exploited in our endeavors, cause as you pointed out there is a limited supply. It also represses people, and their ability to expand their mind. At least that’s how I see it.. exploitation is aweful, worst thing ever… As cheesy as it sounds, things must be renewable or recyclable.

I personally love technology, things that make life easier and stimulating.. My utopia would balance technology with nature, where if you wanted to live in nature you could, and if you wanted to life urbanzied you could as well. The urban places would have crazy awesome buildings, giant slides!? lol, and awesome lighting and water displays everywhere, maybe some no gravity zones or something lol, skyrails for transportation, and something diff then cars to cover city blocks, a skateboard would work fine for me.. I don’t know what else would be in an adult playground hahaha.. there could be mixtures of the urban and natural areas as well. I mean if we can be completely creative I’d want a planet the size of jupiter with 2 suns and 10 moons! lol, cool idea to me anyway… I love music and new technologies that make music here is an example of something I like..

I am a dreamer, but I believe my dreams will become reality one day

Ramo (4) (@ramo) 10 years, 4 months ago ago

Okay cool question. I’m going to fantasize for a minute and see what I can come up with. Well first of all there would be a massive overhaul of the education system. Schools would actively teach happiness and self development from an early age. It would stimulate questioning more than answering and ‘being’ more than ‘becoming’. It would pay equal attention to the linear and the creative side of the brain, honouring peoples natural talents and interests. I guess there is more, but that’s the basics.

In reaction to Sean: I think you’re missing the point a little. If I’m correct the question is about ‘the future’ not ‘the world’. See, I agree that the ambition of creating a perfect world is a very dangerous one that has brought about some serious misery in the past but a ‘perfect future’ doesn’t necessarily imply a ‘perfect world’. If the world is inherently imperfect then the ‘perfect future’ will inevitably have an imperfect world. However there is no reason why the world of the future cannot be better than it is today. Furthermore it is a very personal question: what would make the world better FOR YOU.

Em (473) (@emily) 10 years, 4 months ago ago

Damn Sean way to burst my happy bubble! haha
I REALLY like that quote.. And Ishmael was an amazing read! I couldn’t believe how he got all that starting from a guy looking at a gorilla behind glass.
But whatever you think I was implying you got it wrong. I’m just looking for some happy creative ideas…not to be thunk into too deeply.
So my basic retort–so, you say we are in an ideal world right now. Ok, I kind of think so too. But the only thing for sure is that everythings always changing right? Change caused by people comes from ideas. That’s all I was hoping for. Thank you for your post, and reminding me about that book, I forgot all about it!

Em (473) (@emily) 10 years, 4 months ago ago

DAMN IT!! :) Thanks

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