Monday, May 24. 2010
To everything there is a season,
a time for every purpose under the sun.
A time to be born and a time to die;
a time to plant and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
a time to kill and a time to heal ...
a time to weep and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn and a time to dance ...
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to lose and a time to seek;
a time to rend and a time to sew
a time to keep silent and a time to speak;
a time to love and a time to hate;
a time for war and a time for peace.
- Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
What time is it now?
The world is changing, and changing quickly.
1984 and Brave New World represent very dark views of the future because they show worlds where humans have lost their way. To an extent, Slaughterhouse-Five and Never Let Me Go reflect that same anxiety. All of our authors explored what humanity could/would willingly sacrifice in the name of convenience, in the name of avoiding the problems that plagued our ancestors, and they came up with the same answer: our humanity.
I've asked you to spend this semester looking at what exactly makes up "humanity," and we've been looking to dystopian futures in order to grapple with those important questions.
Now I’m interested to learn what each of you thinks about the future you're about to take an active role in creating.
I assume that most of you see our likely future unfolding differently than our authors did, but to tell you the truth, I don’t know what you’d see if I asked you to think about what the world will look like in a decade.
I mean, did you think the world would look this way when you were eight? What did you think it would look like? Weren't we supposed to be driving flying cars by now, or using a transporter, or living on the moon?
I've asked you to look at the past and the present, to examine the world around you and the world inside yourself. I've asked you to do this because I dare to dream that the world can still be better - that we can build a better one.
I do this because I've seen the problems that have thwarted the generations before mine, and because I believe that yours can solve them.
I gave some of you the Ecclesiastes quote on the day we met nine months ago because each line applies surprisingly well to senior year itself. Now that we're heading for the big goodbye, I wanted to bring that quote full circle.
Honestly, I don't know whether this is a good time for you or a bad one. All I know is that these days are memorable, no matter how you're spending them.
In a few days, you’ll leave class after a bell for the last time. You’ll walk out the door into a sunny afternoon.
Thirty-six hours later, the Arcadia High School campus will be a relic of your past – an immediate past, but a relic all the same.
There’s no moving backward through time, so we might as well look forward at that point to the rapidly approaching future.
After all, it’s not like anyone tells you when it’s OK to start making a difference.
You just start making one.
+ What will the better world look like if we build it...and would you like it better than this one?
+ What will the country look like in five or ten years? What will you be talking about when you come back for your reunions? What about when your children finish studying Myth to Science Fiction and graduate from Arcadia High?
+ What do you think the future holds for us? Are we moving in a positive direction as human beings, or sliding backwards? Do you feel hopeful about the future? Worried? Conflicted? Pessimistic?
+ Are we getting closer to fulfilling our potential? Do you think humanity will reach it within your lifetime? What is our ultimate potential as a species?
+ How will you be part of our future? How will you help us build a better world?
This post is due at 11:59pm on Wednesday, May 26th. As per the usual, you can respond to a (or a few) question(s) from the end of the post here, or you can write a more general response to the whole thing. Your post should be at least four seven-sentence paragraphs long, and punctuation, grammar, and mechanics all count towards your grade. Compose your replies carefully, and always remember to state the why for every what!
As per the usual, you are also required to write a four-sentence (minimum) response to at least two other posts. Make sure the response is a legitimate continuation of the discussion the poster has started with his/her comment, and try to respond to the feedback you receive as well!
Finally, please print your two favorite posts, regardless of period, and bring them to class Thursday. The only people you may not choose are yourselves and those in your group.
Good luck, as always!
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We talk of great philosphers and societies that lie in the past but what of the present we live in now? Imhotep, Da Vinci, Newton; all these great artists and thinkers are from our history. What of our time? Will we forever be known for the era of Hannah Montana and Bieber Fever? I look forward to a bright future when the great thinkers of our past become intergrated into modern society. As I look into our present I find the we only idolize those who make money off appearing on our movie screens or voices we hear on our Ipods. Instead of marveling at a present day Einstein our eyes glaze over for the Taiwanese boy that sings like Alicia Keys. I find that our society is inching backwards than it moves forward. Though I do have a glimmer of hope for mankind, I find it impossible for our society to become better unless we discard ourselves of our materialistic thoughts.
The children are our future. Education is key to success. Everything thing from what we teach our children to the speeches a politician makes to win our votes involve a better and brighter future. Each person is different from one another. I am different from Mr. Feraco and Mr. Feraco is different from Gerard Butler. With that difference also comes with a different view of a better world. No one will know what makes a another person happy unless they tell them. Instead of laying about waiting for someone else to fulfill our wishes, we should take action into our own hands. In V for Vendetta, society turned for the worse because the people were too afraid to make their own choices and relied too much on their government. In the end the government became aware of their own goals and "screwed over" their own citizens. Without spoiling the ending for those who haven't seen the movie or read the comic book, it only took one man to make a difference because he saw the government for what it was. If we were able to make our own world from scratch with our own hands, we would at least be happy and proud that we were able to mold what made us happy.
I don't find humanity filling its full potential in modern society. If we look into the past and see what our ancestor had to go through in order to overcome something that it would take us 2 seconds to solve, then we can see the full potential of a person. Everything in our lives are made too easy for us to access. When our food is cold or raw we can just pop it in the microwave instead of finding supplies to make a fire so we won't die of food poisoning. We are moving forward so quickly that we are even forgetting the past that led us to the present. There is a saying in Chinese, Jing di tsu wa, or a frog in the bottom of a well. When a frog lives in the bottom of a well and looks up it only sees a small portion of the sky. The frog has lived all its life in the bottom of the well that it thinks the portion of the sky is th whole univere, oblivious to the real world outside of the well. I find that our history originally originated outside of the well but as we progressed we moved into and deeper into the well until the circular sky is all we see. We have loss sense of our true potential as years pass. Also, if you just give this expression to a person they won't understand it until it is explained while older generations would instantly understand the phrase. When I would talk to my grandparents they would constantly spew out these phrases and I would constantly be oblivious to the meaning, unaware that they were insulting me. I feel that humanity will never be reached in my lifetime or even close to it. By the time we do understand, we are frogs trapped too deep in the well to escape.
Every year millions of cats and dogs are euthanized because they have been dumped heartlessly on the streets. Species of animals are becoming endangered or extinct as we speak. The way the I can contribute to the future will be preserving the treasures we have now and pass it onto our children. I am to help those who cannot help themselves against the cruetly of humanity. The world around us not only houses mankind but also many other companions we have so selfishly kicked aside. Rainforests are cut down to expand that already expanded empire whild innocent lives are lost. I will fight this tyranny and win in order to for us to even have a Earth to live on in a couple generations.
It is quite sad how many animals are abused and killed off for less than worthy reasons. Nature is extremely mistreated and ignored. For example, the BP Oil Spill happened because BP simply brushed off the warning signs that something was going wrong... and there's plenty more examples of such ignorant mistakes made.
Hopefully, the oil spill does get cleaned up and resolved. It is an absolute disaster to the environment and the people living around that area.
I only wish the society would be better if everyone is capable of making right choices and not having their life slip away, (i.e., do something that is not right for them and impacts your life). I can see humans are masters, triumphing other animals, such as primates and insect, with whatever they come up. However, I also see a disadvantage for the animals. It is just sad to see them get suppressed and get killed by humans.
I agree with you that education is key to success. In the future, as soon as the Technology and Science will be upgraded, our living standards will also be much better than now. Our children will be more intelligent with additional knowledge. I really cannot imagine the future world, i think it is going to be a better one.
I watched V for Vendetta on HBO twice…but only half of it. All I can recall is the weird scene that Natalie Portman kissing V—on the mask! Since you mentioned, I should probably watch it again. V killed so many people was because he wanted to take revenge on the government? It now seems to me that he’s been a victim of that fictional society.
One more thing, the Chinese saying you put should actually be “Jing Di Zhi Wa.” : P
I agree with you that the children are our future and education is the key to success. Without education, we would not the same because we cannot improve if we do not know enough. Yes! It is important that everyone is different because different ideas and minds can make more creative things. I really enjoy reading your blog post. It is very interesting.
I like the reference you made of the frog in the well. There was actually a series of poems I was thinking of adding at the end of my own entry before it went too much off tangent to remain relevant.
The frog in the well was happy.
It wasn't interested what was outside the well.
The frog in the well was happy.
It was recluse to anything that happened outside the well.
And you were happy.
Because you didn't know what occurred outside the well.
I wanted to know the world that was outside of the well.
So I tried hard to get out from the bottom of the well.
I wanted to know the world that was outside of the well.
So I climbed up numerous of times despite falling down over and over again.
But then I realized it.
The higher and higher I climb, the pain increases when I fall down again.
What kind of world lies outside of the well?
Is it something that is worth struggling for?
What kind of world lies outside of the well?
Is it something so attractive enough to fall and try over and over again?
What kind of world lies outside of the well?
Let's enjoy taking the pains of finding that out.
If I reach the world that yearn for, it must be a spectacular world.
Even if that world was another pit inside a well.
The key to the new world is the resolve to get out of the well.
Being able to get out or not,
A new world awaits...
When my interest in the world outside of the well began to equal the amount of pain,
That was when I finally realized the meaning of the story to Der Froschkönig.
-Frederica Bernkastel, When They Cry: Higurashi
I feel that like you said, the description of humanity fits best with the first of the three poems. You are brave, because you are in the process of climbing out of the well. It is a long way up, and you will probably have some painful falls along the way. But when you say are willing to do that, I really look up to you.
What would you choose to educate?Can you really teach someone the true meaning of freedom? Not just memorize something out of a book and what your old english teacher said but realize what it means. I think that somethings, it's important for people do discover themselves. otherwise their wouldn't be any meaning.
Education and technology could also be used as a tool for inhibiting the freedom of people too after all.
What we need more of, is belief. Because nothing can be done if people don't even try and hope and dream of things.
“Fear not for the future, weep not for the past.”
-Percy Bysshe Shelley
Imagine a perfect world where no pain can be imposed upon others, no pain can be felt, discrimination virtually perished, and even sadness completely absent. I’m sure a decent number of people would switch realities instantaneously; after all, does that world you just imagined not sound absolutely enticing? In class, we constantly discussed about the process and the product. If I remember correctly, a majority of the people in class agreed that the process is much more important than the product. The world in its current state is far from perfect. It may have seemed perfect when we were merely Kindergarteners untouched by Feraco’s intriguing lectures that actually cause you to think thoroughly about life and its worth. But for the sake of this post, let’s say the switch was possible… the world, with my word, would without delay turn flawless.
“Let the world be free from its imperfections!” I would shout… and all the problems of this world would dissipate into the air as if it were water turning into vapor from being boiled in a kettle on a hot stove.
Racism? What’s that?
Equality? Completely accomplished.
The Gulf Oil Spill by BP? Never happened!
Global Warming? Perhaps, it was just a conspiracy theory? Wait… conspiracy?! What’s a conspiracy?
Now, where was the process? What did we human beings do to deserve residing in that perfect world? We would have been fed the product while having completely ignored the importance of the process. What uselessness! What shallowness! What disregard for ourselves!
Would we have deserved it? Would we have REALLY changed for the better? Of course not! If Mr. Feraco simply gave us all the answers to the Brave New World examination, would we have learned ANYTHING?
Oh, but of course we did! The scantron score says so! 100%!
No… we wouldn’t have learned anything.
Mr. Feraco can only hand us the flashlight, but he cannot light the way for us. The same goes for every teacher we have had or every professor we will have in the future.
In the end, we would have remained undeserving of that world. We would have done nothing to create and construct it. We would have not grown from our mistakes. We would have simply erased and replaced the mistakes of our past. Sound familiar? Isn’t that what Winston would do to old historical records for the Party in 1984?
We have problems. Hunger, poverty, inequality, pollution, and social injustice to name a few. As a society, we have to collaborate and actually take the time to improve the world. Taking time to fix problems instead of ignoring them is absolutely worth it. We have to build the world with emphasis on the actual building part.
So, how would I build my world? First off, I would address the problems we face and slowly work towards fixing them instead of placing them behind a veil, forever unseen. Secondly, I would hope for the collaboration of the human spirit to carry forth selflessness and respect. Lastly, it’s not “my” world. It’s everyone’s world. It’s everything’s world. The world is itself, and itself is the world.
“When it comes to the future, there are three kinds of people: those who let it happen, those who make it happen, and those who wondered what happened.”
-John M. Richardson, Jr.
Let us be the ones who make it happen.
Now I have a question for everyone… how can we (even I) overcome the habits of society today? Will it be our generation? The next? How long would it take? Is it even possible at this point to turn back and remove our materialistic nature?
Your blogs always have such voice in them. I think it's interesting to read ahhaa.
Those questions that you're asking, I personally believe they are not to be answered through voice, but replied in action. I hope everyone will be able to take on these queries you've asked.
Ahhh your first quote is what I used for my senior quote! (:
The way you formatted your blog caught my eye, I like it, it’s different. And your whole question-answer setup. You make great point about the process over the product, and I strongly agree with the idea of learning something better when the teacher doesn’t just hand over the answers. And your point about it being everyone’s world is a nice touch too.
+ What do you think the future holds for us? Are we moving in a positive direction as human beings, or sliding backwards? Do you feel hopeful about the future? Worried? Conflicted? Pessimistic?
“What do you think the future holds for us?” Well, there sure is a lot to cover with just that one question, so I’ll take a more narrow approach in my answer. Although I think that humanity is taking some positive steps for a better future, I still think that humanity is headed in a more negative direction, unfortunately. This is, more than anything, due to ignorance and complacency. Now I know this is just my opinion, but there are people who do not support gay marriage when really, isn’t it a right? Isn’t equality one of the principles the founding fathers of our great nation were determined to ingrain in our past, present, and future? Why is religion even used in the argument against gay marriages and gay people in general? Or the ignorance could be about something even more general, such as the use of the word “fag” or the “n” word. People do not grasp the hurtfulness behind the words, or are too ignorant to realize how much they can affect others. There are still hate crimes, racism, prejudices based on financial situation and gender. Global warming is probably one of the biggest issues the world faces that are not making much headway due to ignorance. If humanity was really making progress and not sliding backwards, I don’t think I would have had so much negative issues to write about.
All that being said, I do feel hopeful about the future. Although I feel that humanity is sliding backwards, I think there is still enough time for us to realize the error of our ways and begin to work on improving life for everyone and eliminating the issues I listed above.
+ How will you be part of our future? How will you help us build a better world?
I will be a part of our future and help build a better by giving back to society with volunteer work, donating to charity, and such. But I also think that some people simply write a check to a charity every year and that’s the end of that. That’s fine and greatly appreciated I’m sure, but I think in addition or in replacement of monetary aid, I think interacting with the people who need help makes more of an impact. Yes, a check you write for a child from an impoverished area to buy school supplies for the year is helpful, but becoming his tutor or mentor would most likely benefit him more, or make more of a difference in the long run. It’s all about communication and interaction, making a connection and hopefully, an impact. That’s how I will help us build a better world. I’ll also strive to dispel of any ignorance that I hear or see, such as racism or prejudice based on sexuality, bit I try to do that now anyway.
In response to your response to the first question:
I respect your opinion on the matter but I believe that you're taking a very narrow view on the matter. I think every age and era has their own issues that they must deal with (civil rights, for example are a major issue that we've nearly resolved). I don't think it's very fair to determine what direction society is headed simply by looking at our current predicament; I think that one must look at where we came from and determine if we've made progress from then to now.
A better world...A better world is a world free from disease and anger. A world free from old age and technologically advanced. No, wait that's Brave New World and that did not work out...How about a world unified under one government...where people do not have to worry about themselves and let others worry for them. Where we always win and where there are no laws. No wait, that is 1984 and that did not work out...I guess morally, we live as best as we possibly could now. There is no better world than a world where we are us and they are them. If we try to make anything else better from this point, we will end up making our humanity worse.
As of now the human race is advancing in trade-offs. We are advancing technologically and failing morally. We are curing diseases and having more social security which in turn worsens the economy. We finish what we can quicker, but there is more work than before. Information is easy to receive from any home, and we grow lazier as a result. We will always have a stable balancing of human advancement and setbacks but the extremes grow wider. One day all of human race would have made the utopia where flying cars are accessible, cancer is cured, and machines make our lives easier. Too bad everyone would have been too fat by then to be able to drive those cars or operate those machines.
In 5 to 10 years I see America in another war fought against another enemy for another biased reason with another conspiracy. We would be talking about the first woman president and all our hopes and expectancies for her. The children would be listening to metal mixed with techno in a new genre called mecha-techno. At our reunions we would be talking about our childhood and how now being a cook has a higher demand than a lawyer was then and talking about first sons and daughters and how life goes on. The environment would be at the downhill point where everything gets worse. Winters would get colder and summers would be hotter. We would discover plasma-light screen technology where things could be touched in mid-air and movies could be saved on the newest mp7 players holding up to 2.5 terabytes of memory. The Middle East would have a period of peace and America's deficit would enter the point of no return. We would lead military power and try to stop North Korea's multiple assaults on Taiwan for another just cause as mentioned earlier. By the time my children finish high school, gas would have been nearly depleted and solar panels would have been on every building in the known technological world. A.I. would have the first breed of its kind. They would be responsible for menial tasks as men and women become fatter. Forests would burn consistently due to extreme heat from global warming and wars would not be fought anymore because the world cannot lose much more. College tests would be done by thought and not with pencil. The world would be the perfect shamble. Why do I think this? Because if I thought the other way, we would still not be advancing. Being a human is a setback for being more than human and my children in the future will talk to me everyday with the utmost respect without actually feeling the love that this generation had shared with parents. It would be the freedom to be monotonous where everyone applies and understands, but no one creates. The final destination is getting closer, and the road is getting narrower behind us.
I always love your blogs! Your style of writing is really easy to read and there’s some humor to it. I like how you incorporate Brave New World and 1984 into the blog. I agree with you that we are advancing technologically and failing morally. I touched on that in my blog too.
I can see the world would be unbalanced, similar to the Brave New World and 1984, if the world is just takes the form from one of the two. Economy is already at its worst, and no improvement has been made yet. I can tell it is going to tell a while to make a world better from that. What we are doing is at a state of risk when we are actually ruined our own nature.
Okay umm, this could be one possible future. But I don’t believe it is because I don’t believe (or maybe I refuse to believe) that this is the best we can do. If what you say happens then aren’t you saying that what we have now is the best we’ll ever get? You’re talking about how in 5 to 10 years we all will become fat and lazy. That there will be better devices and more advanced technology, but our stress, our damages to nature as well as our weight will go up. I do not believe that this is the highest point we can reach without our morals running downhill. I am hopeful that our race, our nature, will take us higher, will bring us into an era where we all have a better understanding of ourselves and a better knowledge of the consequences that come with our actions.
I agree that our idea perfect world like that of Brave New World and 1984 would probably fail. Therefore, the society we live in now seems to have a good balance. However, it seems though as if we are actually moving towards both Huxley’s and Orwell’s vision at the same time. Our government’s lies and monitoring and our natural desire for happiness and avoidance of pain and suffering seems to grow each day.
I really like your future society. If makes you think about the questions we have about our future. For example, a woman president, new technology, cures to diseases and wars to be fought. All of these questions were answered creating a world that seems to be what we see in only movies.
Your future sounds very possible. It is like what we have now pushed to the worse extreme. It sounds bleak and sad. Hopefully this is not how it will turn out, and we will find a solution for all these possible conflicts
Your point on humans advancing in trade-offs is very interesting... yet its sadly true in some ways. Trade-offs happen all the time, but its not necessarily always for the best. I do, along with Debbie, disagree of your view on America in 5-10 years. Humans are flawed, but we also learn from our mistakes. At least, I hope so.
I agree that there is no better world. Your future world catches my eyes! If we do not protect the enviroment, our living condition can only get worse. Hope the better world will actually be better.
Haha! I can see the world getting fatter in the future because i already am! Plus technology is allowing us to work less then ever before. There is also a high possibility that the environment will worsen if we do not change our methods of using resources. But I believe that their is potential in technology to solve these problems that might exist in our future world.
I like your post because you post is pretty straight forward. I also agree with your idea about the society. Like you have said, the society is pretty good the way it is. We might possibly make it better but we cannot create one that is better that the one we have out of the thin air.
You definitely have a dark sense of humor in your blog entries, William. It sounds like a probable theory, that humanity's morals are "as best as [it] possibly could [be] now." Sadly, it is true that humans are making greater and greater trade-offs of morals in the name of convenience. Even though your prediction of the future sounds realistic compared to the ideals of other people, I sincerely hope that humanity can find some middle ground between your vision and the more idyllic visions.
Nice influx of thoughts on the conclusion of humanity in the last paragraph; it reflected thoughtfully on our adaptation and motivation to simplify things to the point where the situations are almost apathetic, or “monotonous” as you described it. I agree wholeheartedly at the point that our attempts to reform society are just short and swift courses to failure. Such visualized worlds of stabilizing or controlling humanity as in 1984 or Brave New World sounds excellent in theory, but flops in reality.
I really enjoyed your witty sense of humor. I liked you brushed on the fact that as we have progressed technologically, our morals have deteriorated. I can also see the world of 2.5 tb mp7 players like you do. It's amazing how fast technology is advancing. Imagine a world where high-definition has become obsolete.
nice post! i like how you related 1984 and Brave new world to the blog! and i think what you envisioned for what would happen in a few years is what i thougth too! nice job
This post made me chuckle.
Though I understand why you thought the way you did, it'd be hard to imagine society going that far off the edge. I don't believe that the snowball effects works as well for societal problems. If we all got fat, some people would complain, then everybody would complain. If all we did was get into wars, then someone would be complaining, and then nobody would bother fighting.
This is really good !
Its a really good incorporation of what we read in class.
I will start this off by saying I am a complete Sci-fi nerd and have high hopes for humanity. There is no way we have reached our true potential yet and honestly, I do not think we are anywhere near reaching it. As much as I would like to believe humanity will reach it’s full potential in my lifetime, there is just too much more to discover about ourselves and the universe we live in. When I read 1984 and Brave New World, they both went against everything I have ever wanted for the outcome of the human race. When I see technological advancement, I do not see it as a threat, nor do I want it to be focused solely on war, it should be focused toward our expansion as a human race. Enlightenment is where we should be heading and I honestly believe the key to unlocking our full potential lies somewhere outside this planet. Could you imagine discovering an alien race capable of curing all disease? Scientific projects in space have already provided us with new types of medicine and pharmaceuticals.
Unfortunately we are nowhere near reaching such goals, in fact we are moving backwards. Not only is the American space program ending but all serious technological advancements are aimed at inventing better war machines. Just recently Boeing completed the first laser gun attached to the front of a 747. It can detect and fire at any oncoming missiles, destroying them mid-flight. While extremely cool, one has to ask, what on Earth are we ever going to do with a laser gun? Why would we need such a thing? The United States is in a great deal of debt and yet they spend billions of dollars every year for war.
When I come back for our reunion in ten years, I want to be able to hold my head high and talk about how The United States has not only successfully ended the war on terrorism and not only focused less money on war but used said money to secure its borders from another terrorist attack. Once all the U.S. citizens can seriously feel safe within their country, perhaps we could start saving this economy. Most importantly I want to be able to say that there is a new space program being planned to allow for further exploration and research. We cannot allow ourselves to end progress and simply make everything more efficient as occurs in Huxley’s novel. We have to continue on exploring places man has never been and discovering the answers to questions that have gone unanswered for so long. Is there life out there, or are we alone in an endless universe? Are there other planets like ours? Finding the answers to these questions will only breed more questions and create a continuous stream of knowledge waiting to be discovered.
Oh gosh, thinking about our high school reunion already gives me chills! Haha But I also hope that in ten years everyone will be able to really feel safe and the economy will be more stable. I don’t think that people will ever be satisfied with what they have already and it will keep people wanting to know more. Everyone has their own curiosities and thankfully some people’s are exploring and discovering new things in life. I have always wondered myself if we are the only living human race or is there more to just humanity. Maybe in ten years we will know!
I am curious as to why you think we are going to improve so dramatically. What signs has our world shown that we are motivated to become better?
The improvements I wrote about were merely what I desire to happen. If you read my second paragraph you will see that I actually believe humanity is sliding backwards and will probably only attain one, if any, of the goals I wish to meet.
I don’t know if we are really stepping backwards with our discovery, but you are definitely right about having high hopes for humanity. I believe that humanity will not reach its high point in my life time as well. I think that there are just so many possibilities that it is hard to even say if there is a peak for us. It seems that we make technological and discovery progress each day.
It is so true that America is foolishly investing billions of wasted dollars into war development. With the devastated Education budget, how can we expect to maintain the current standard of intelligence among Americans? As we cut down education more and more, people will get poor quality schools, and therefore, the output of adequate students will be poor as well. The only reason they are investing so much money into war is to create more advanced weaponry, but how can we develop that weaponry when the engineers developing it received a poor education as a result of budget cuts in the first place? Where is the sense here?
nice dude, i can imagine that in our highschool reunion, we would be like "duuddde remember when....". Optimistic view about the future, but i dont think that we wold be ablet o eliminated the war on terrorism. war is a conflict of ideas, you can't squash ideas.
I totally feel you on being a sci-fi nerd. I definitely agree with you on the high hopes for humanity. Like you said, I really don't think that the advancement of technology should be based on warfare. It should be about expanding the human race.
In a better world there would be less crime and less disease. Notice how I said in a “better” world and not a “perfect” world. To try and imagine a perfect world is near to impossible because everyone wants to have no suffering and all the money in the world and there would be no work; everything would just come to you on a silver platter. It kills me. There can pretty much be no perfect world because if we imagine a world without work or the pain of suffering, then we start to resemble the World State. People would just start to sit on couches and do nothing all day and expect the world to just change itself. (Wait a second, there are people like that already!) The problem with trying to imagine a perfect world is the fact that everyone has a personal preference for everything in life. You like a certain type of food whereas 50% of the world might hate it. You like a certain genre of music whereas 30%of the world might hate it. The preferences of everyone in the world could never be reconciled because it just doesn’t work. Everyone has a different preference for living; it’s what gives an identity.
The other problem with imagining a perfect world is the fact that without suffering or work, achievement would lose value. Why is it worth it to get an A in Biology class? (besides the obvious college reasons) It’s worth it because of the work and pain you put into getting the grade. When you win a race or build a house or earn a raise at work, the achievement holds so much value because of the effort applied. In a world without suffering achievement would lose that value, which is why we could never have a perfect world because we honestly cannot live without the concept of work. However, in a better world more people would be working to cure cancer and finding a way to raise the standard of living. In a better world more people would be working period. Just imagine how much talent is wasted out there because people are not willing to get up and put in the work. In a better world everyone would have to read Brave New World and 1984, so they can learn a new perspective on life like I did. (and they would have to take an English class with Mr. Feraco so they can learn a new perspective on life).
In the future I strongly believe that the world will resemble that of the one in the movie Wall-E, and I think Mr. Feraco would agree. My 8th grade English told me that there are 3 main points to technological advancement.
As we advance we want to make things…
-and more convenient
The most crucial part of that statement is the third point. I believe that man ultimately wants to make things more convenient; and it is that part which will destroy us. How did the people on the Axium become so fat and lazy? They got that way because of the convenience of technology. They all float around on space chairs instead of walking. They talk via telescreen instead of talking face to face. Instead of cooking a nice warm mea everything comes in a slurpee. This is the kind of future that I foresee happening to us in the real world, and that freaks me out! I don’t want my grandchildren to be little fat guinea pigs waddling around with no necks. I don’t ant them to be so fat and lazy that they rely on a little button to call the robotic maid service because they’re too fat to pull up their own pants. It is truly freaky and you might laugh it off right now but I think that is hat will happen if we don’t make sure the future generations keep on exercising and eating properly. Over 30% of America is clinically obese, so we’re already on the way to a fat future. The movie Wall-E sends a strong message that I think everyone should take to heart, and it might have a happy ending, but humanity has a whole different story.
Personally, I will try my best to create a “better” world for us. Like I said I don’t want my kids and their kids to be fat little bastards without any understanding of the word “work.” Living in a family of 7, I know what it’s like to live in discomfort and to have to work for what I want. I’m not saying that I have lived the life of the poor man, but I’m saying that I can appreciate what we have here in Arcadia. Almost any kid I know grew up with three or less kids in the family. For me, I have always had to share the responsibility of cleaning up the dishes, vacuuming rooms, scrubbing the toilets in the bathroom, doing my own laundry, and the list goes on. Some kids I know are revolted at the fact that my mother doesn’t do my laundry for me. I guess for me it’s just something else on the long list of responsibilities I have, and I don’t think about it much. The point is that I work for what I want. If I want to go out with my friends, I have to clean up my room or do the dishes or something. If I want clean laundry, it’s up to me to make it happen. If I want to purchase new clothes, it’s up to me to save up the money I make from my job, (by the way I have a job too). I’m not saying that my parents are heartless criminals. If I need a little bit of money I can easily go to them and ask for it, but then I don’t work for it. Where is the value in that? Bringing this whole thing together, it is the work I put into daily life that makes my achievements so much more valuable A brand new shirt feels more valuable if I bought it with my own money. That is the type of mentality I want to pass down to my children and the kids of the future. In a better world, all children would appreciate the value of work.
I like how you emphasized that you were trying to aim for a better world, rather than a perfect world. Perfection has such a vague definition doesn't it? Like you said, each person has their own idea of what 'perfect' is. Our world may be headed towards a faster, smaller, and more convenient future, but I don't really see how beneficial that will be. I think you have a good plan in mind for educating your kids on the importance of working.
You have a lot on your mind John and I do agree with you on with motivation. People need something for them to do something that is hard and productive. I also used Wall-E in my obesity speech as a future window but i did not relate it to technology. That was very interesting but i do not think we will be that lazy and reliant on technology. I also admire that you want your kids to have the same life as you had because that what makes them tough.
I could not agree more that we are seeking to find some way to short cut though steps and to make things easier. That is a very good estimate of what the future may very well wind up being. Hopefully we will not be gelatonous but if our bodies take to the tech we may have no choice.
I agree with what you said about people wanting things to be faster and more convenient. Laziness will only go so far. However, people don't just strive for convenience, they also want to be happy. Eventually, I hope, people will realize that there are some things you have to work for to be happy, and that it will keep humanity from becoming, as you put it, 'fat little bastards'.
I always think of the future world about my life. I started to plan my future life two years ago when my family decided to immigrate to United States. I knew I had a chance into a better world where our potential and talent can be extended to the highest limit. It’s also a place of freedom, no discrimination, lots of opportunities for the hard-working people. I set a very aggressive target for myself in acquiring academic qualification and knowledge in the next 6-8 years. In my home country, Hong Kong, where education system is a mess, I even dared not dream about achieving this target due to lacking of colleges, opportunities and passion. In contrast, the education system in United States is very mature and developed; it has lots of opportunities for different levels of students to satisfy their different needs.
I have a very positive thinking about my future studying as well as future career here in United States. After I complete my studying in college, my plan is to continue acquiring master degree here. My favorite career is business banking. I hope I can find a good job and gain some working experience here for a couple of year before I get back to work in Hong Kong. Hong Kong is place where I had a lot of good memories; my childhood, my friends and especially my grandparents. I did think of staying the United States the rest of my life, but I miss my grandparents so much, and so do they. They are the best grandparents in the world! I know they have a high expectation on me and worry about me a lot. I hope I can provide them with a better standard of living and make them proud of me in the future.
I am the one with a very positive and optimistic character. I believe that trying hard can change the world and nothing is impossible. I will try my best to achieve my goals no matter how hard and tough it is. I am also the one with goodness in my heart. I hate to do something that would hurt somebody including my friends, my parents and my relatives. I like to do something that would be good to everyone; especially those really want to be helped. I believe if everyone can be patient, polite, considerate and humble to the people around them, our future world should be better and peaceful.
To the society, I hope I can be a well-educated, knowledgeable and intelligent person in future so that I can invent or promote something that will be good to our future world. I believe in technology and knowledge. They can let us have a better world and our future life would be more comfortable and enjoyable. Could anyone imagine ten year ago that we can now get access to all the information we want so easily and timelessly through the internet? With this advance invention, the relationships among our friends and relatives can be brought closer. We can have more spare time for us to enjoy ourselves. That’s the beauty of technology!
I have almost the same experience as you, but I came here a long time ago. I have already got used to the new life. I believe that nothing is impossible if you are willing to work for it. I want to be an architect but now I am majoring in civil engineering. I hope I can become both civil engineer and architect even though only a few people in the world achieve such degree. I am sure you'll get the banking job you desire for since you are very determined.
It does not matter whether the world is built that is any better than the world we are living in reality. However we built the world, we live with it, in our satisfaction. I would see no difference; even if we try to prevent any tragic events from happening, like a crime scene, I would still be living in the world that I have always known. I doubt the world could be better without having such problems, and besides, I think the world will always stay the way it has been. In other words, I still see people enjoying their lives, as well as, enduring the hardship of illness, crime, etc. When looking up at the sky, I would always think the world could never any better than living what is around you. If we were to make the world we would want to live in, then we should stop creating events that causes the world to be a not-so-better place. Human nature is part of the world, and humans are also causing bad things when they are not thinking, like killing animals. Before springning into action, humans have choices and must know what are the outcomes. What makes the world better also helps make the future seems like it is going to be better than ever.
I probably would be staying in the country that I have been living in for all this time. The country would always be where I have always known as "The Land of Freedonm". I may not see as much changes in the country, but I believe if people work hard, they will make much improvement, while enjoying their lives. Furthermore, challenges and obstacles would also be coming up, whatever odds they hold. As I go on with my life, I would not be concerned about visiting the high school I once studied in, if having a reunion would be an issue to me. A reunion is not something I have to do, but something I choose to have. I am not much of a talker, so what is the point of visiting. And, even if I wish to have children, I probably would not know what they would plan on doing after graduating from high school. Though, it would be better for me if I did not have any children, so then I do not have to stress myself of taking care of them until they grow up.
The important thing I need to know is how to be independent, because that is what I choose in the future. For all this time, I have been all by myself, with no company. Whenever I look into the future, I can see all the things that await for me, great things that I am hoping to accomplish. But at the same time, I would feel worried, because what if something occurs that is unexpected in the future, like something trying to prevent me from accomplishing. We all make decisions, decisions that are like our destiny, and the destiny that will be our path to the future. People take different steps to determines whether they are going in a positive path or sliding backwards. Those who take the "right path", then the right path is the positive path; they are able to go on with lives as much as they like. However, those taking the "opposite path" is merely just the opposite of the positive. For me, I only hope that my future does not end up in the wrong direction or else I would surely have my life sliding away, like the homeless.
I doubt I can do anything to help the world look better. Besides that, I am not much attentive, so I am a minor and I will always remain as a minor, for I worry that I am unable to do anything, except a job. Humanity has always been the most advanced and social than the other animals altogether. I believe humanity will continue supressing the animals that are inhabiting along with the humans. Technology may be considered as the humans' ultimate potential, because it is like nothing anyone would invent, nor could they have ever imagine when they get a glimpse of it. However, as people get into more into technology, they upgrade to improve the system, because technology become obsolete for some time. We seem to be very close to technology, but waht concerns me the most is what is going happen whe people becomes "obsessed" with their ultimate potential.
Your post seems to be (*very*) negative! I won't support your words because even if you're not talkative now, who says that you won't change in the future? Obviously there is stress in raising a child, but then again, what do you think is your purpose in life? I personally believe that children are the foundation to a better future, and even though we may not be living in that future, we might as well spend our time here to improve for the next generation rather than doing nothing at all!
I agree with you on about half of the things you wrote about here Brian. Although I did not think about this before, I certainly agree that we should think about our choices and the pros and cons before springing into action. Thinking before taking actions is difficult, especially when we have been doing that for several years.
Though I can understand your reason to not attend the reunion, I think it would be nice, just to experience at least one reunion. You may not be much of a speaker now, who knows what you will be like in the future? Perhaps one of us among our class will recognize you and have a conversation with you.
As for children, even with the stress that comes along with the caring of them, I believe that raising a child is like a slow adventure. You can see how your child develops and wonder how your parents ever handled and cared for you without much experience. For my mom, she says that I am not only her daughter, but also her friend, her advisor, and the person who gives her a "massage". As for my dad, I am probably just a child but he acts as a guide.
In a better world, we would never have to deal with the ridiculous parking issues that we are stuck dealing with today. Well, that is one of the issues that I find extremely frustrating, but I would still picture the world very similar to what it is today. It would still be round and rotate within 24 hours but the problems within the world would cease to exist. In a better world people would be able to trust one another to the point where there would be no need to lock their doors at night. Students could leave an ipod on a desk without worrying about it being stolen. People can walk from place to place without fearing for their lives. People would still suffer, but in ways that will constitute a learning experience. Wars would only be between the two people that have a conflict in order to resolve issues instead of thousands of innocent people fighting against thousands of other innocent people. I would like to say that I will like the world better than this one, but to be honest I feel that no matter what type of world I am living in, there will always be another fault found. I would like the idea of feeling safer much better but I just appreciate life as is!
I feel hopeful about the future when it comes to pursuing my dreams and seeing the people I know and love progress, but I am a little worried about what the future holds. I wouldn’t label myself as pessimistic, but I do have my worries. As we advance technologically the way we deal with issues also advance. Weapons are more advanced and people’s minds are advancing and are more creative with how they use them. There are so many countries with possessions of bombs that an careless decision could potentially blow up the entire world. The progression of violence overtime has become more creative. Before it used to be bullies giving people “swirlies” or fighting other people whereas now it has advanced to “cyber-bullying”, text messages, picture messages to ruin someone’s life within two minutes. However there are also stories about how a young boy at a really young age saved his parents life by knowing how to call 9-1-1 during an emergency. I think the future has its bright sides to it but also makes it easier for people to become corrupt.
I like how you described your world. I would do the same if I can create my world. It would be stable, but people will experience hardship. If this, they are able to learn and advance in life. No one knows what lies ahead for us, but with a dream to pursue allows us to move forward.
To be honest, when I read the prompt to this blog, I was expecting to see a lot of responses that concerned major changes to the world today. When I read your response, however, the first paragraph really opened my eyes. Maybe its the small things in life that really matter. Maybe people need to stop looking at the big things in life and refocus on the little details (like living in a world without fear of theft or stress) that really make life worth living. Awesome post!
Aww Ash you're so cute!! Haha I love how optimistic you are. But you don't go overboard, and you have realistic concerns too. And I agree with Ryan, you do point out a lot of small things that we never consider, but that really matter. Very well rounded (:
I share many of the same concerns that you do. Although I think we have the skills and capabilities to progress, I do not see a sense of urgency in our world that wants to get better.
I like how lighthearted you are about issues. You always see the good side in people and are always so optimistic. i agree that the small issues matter just as much as the big issues.
I like how optimistic you are about humanity's future. I really would hope to see a world where we can trust each other the way you described. The only problem is that I don't see it happening any time soon. It is really unfortunate how there are so many thefts, both at school and off campus. The world would be a much better place if people could learn to respect one another and have the integrity not to steal someone else's property.
Your future sounds so simplistic and enjoyable. It is hard to imagine, when we have a world, with almost exactly the opposite. The future is for sure going in a mixed direction, and in all different ways. Hopefully the ones going in the wrong way will become right, and the ones going in the correct way will continue moving on.
Even though I think the world you envision is a pipe dream, I find myself also wishing that it could be reality. The picture of the world you painted was perfect, but ultimately unattainable. I like how you realized this and came to accept the world as it is. Your post was very refreshing to read even though it was kind of on the short side.
A world where we can trust and don't have to worry about our own safety is definitely a plus!
Tonight I just witnessed a crime. Someone smashed my neighbor's car windows and stole the GPS in the car. Nobody was actually there when the crime was happening...I only saw the end results. But that got me to wonder why the world has to be like this. I'd very much like to live in the world you described, but once again, we will definitely find some other flaws to complain about.
I think the first sentence got me reading this post. Trying to find parking on Duarte after lunch is nearly impossible unless you return like 20 minutes beforehand.
Speaking of which...
The future is hard to predict and it would definitely be difficult to imagine a world where we could just as easily trust others. But given the state of today's world it isn't exactly surprising that people are somewhat scared of the world.
The future here seems...logical. One of the many believable theories of what may happen in the later ages. It's a pessimistically optimistic future. Too bad we cannot create perfection without failing equally as well.
I feel like I have been transitioning through so many changes that I’ve never really noticed how significant these differences are. We had computers 10 years ago, but I never noticed how necessary computers and internets are to our life until one day last week I had to face a night without my computer.
The experience? Painful. I almost went insane because I absolutely needed to go on the internet!
To do what, exactly? I don’t remember (probably something insignificant), but I just know I terribly needed that internet access!
Also, 10 years ago, I didn’t think iPods would exist, or even iPads, which definitely are putting desktops and laptops in shame. Who needs a big fat computer when you can just carry a light-weighted, notebook-sized, and very-well functioning iPad around with you? Maybe in another 5 years or so, there will be a revolution for computers, where all computers will just be like iPads, or even smaller and more portable.
I’ve never imagined cell phones could have any other function besides calling people. Now, we can text and use our cells as portable mini-computers. This somehow scares me because back in the good old days, people communicated in person more, but now texting—we’re probably the most “literal” generation because we write and type so much—has made our generation less personal. I don’t know what will happen in 10 years for communication. Maybe we’ll further treasure the traditional ways of communicating, such as writing letters, talking on the phone, or meeting up and to talk in person. Breaking up with someone on the computer is looked down upon, but if you do it in person, if you just add that little personal touch, others will be more understanding and won’t call you a jerk. Maybe the future generations will only use cyber communication, to the point that even when two people are one foot away from each other, they have to type out their greetings to each other which will show up on a little screen right in front of their faces.
The cyber communication scenario was probably a bit extreme, but I can definitely see it happening, just like how certain people thought otherwise when the mass used to think that people can’t fly and cars can only run on gasoline. Look what we got now—airplanes and solar energy powered cars! Maybe in the future people will travel with rockets, very convenient and time-efficient, don’t you think?
Despite all the great inventions and the continuation of more new inventions, humans will never reach our maximum potential. Think about it. Several hundred years ago, our ancestors thought flying a magical power, and invisibility another magical power that only gods have. Now we can fly, and an invisible cape has been made a couple of years ago, thanks to physics. Humans will just keep on expanding their knowledge, use the already created ones to create more, until the needed resources run out, or whatever new things we’re creating messed with nature too much and destroy the world.
Do I sound somewhat pessimistic and sarcastic about the future? Reading through my passage again I sense a bit of negativity here and there, but that’s only because I’ve been focusing on the bad parts of our human inventions. I think our race is reaching towards optimistic goals to counteract pessimism, but there are always side effects that create other reasons to be pessimistic. The cycle will continue to flow along with us as time progresses, yet the purpose of this cycle is to step forward towards more positivity in order to combat the negativity.
Same here!I am experiencing your pain now.I have no internet from Monday to now.I have to stay at the library from 5 to 9pm everyday. It is really hard to live without internet. In order to turn in the essay and the blog on time, I went outside the street at 2am to use the internet network of my friend who lives next to my house. Hopefully, someone is coming to fix it tomorrow. That's a horrible experience!
I understand how you feel about technology. The internet sites like facebook, and youtube, can be detrimental to our full potential. Also I agree that technology will test our imagination breaking the limits. Our goal should be look to at the future with optimism because the future will be interesting and different.
You seem very annoyed with technology but I do not think it is all that bad. I guess you focused more on the bad aspects but I think you looked at the future too narrowly. Also it is true, with solutions brings problems and so on. Humans will never reach their full potential because it is unlimited and will stretch as far as our imagination will go.
I agree that "humans will never reach our maximum potential". Human technologies is advancing, but they don't have limits. Even though we have some negative feelings on them, but we have to depend on them right?
The future gives up all its secrets, when the time comes. But until that time comes no one knows for sure what will happen. However we all want to hazard a guess at what will come, everyone wants to speculate and often some people are right, but more often you will be wrong. In the meantime I will risk being wrong and provide my perspective of the future. Enough semantics. I personally believe that in a decade the world will be incredibly similar to what it is today. In the last decade our world has changed very little. We have become paranoid about terrorists, obsessed with the internet, and have a black president. In the next ten years I expect similar changes to occur, maybe a female president, perhaps more efficient data storage and maybe we will finally get those robot butlers. These are my most likely guesses about what will come, but those statements aren’t what were being asked for, just me being a syndic about more parts of life.
The human race has always been progressing toward better technology, and a deeper understanding of the universe. As this continues we may get to see some of those long awaited technologies that every generation has looked for since science fiction was first accepted as a genre of literature. Within this last decade we received the “video phone” while not actually a phone web chats are filling in the desire. We may not get flying cars for numerous decades, we do have the technology for a “drivable aircraft” but it is not practical, efficient, nor safe to provide such vehicles to the masses. A lunar base has been placed under recent consideration, but it would be incredibly expensive to both build and maintain, but if man wished to a self sustaining lunar base is a scientific possibility. Alas the robot butler, we have long had every part of the robot butler available to us, but to put them all together in a functioning form requires massive processing power that is not within the average Americans cost range, nor readily available in mass. As for me I plan to spend my future trying to accelerate the onset of new technologies.
"The future gives up all its secrets, when the time comes."
Man, this line. I absolutely love it. We are so overwhelmed by the worry of what comes ahead of us, we forget that it /will/ eventually come. I also believe in this sort of "unchanged" future. There will be huge impacts, of course, but people will probably still feel a bit of isolation from this. Still, like you, I look forward to the unveiling of the future's secrets.
I like you quote about the future. People shouldn't only concentrate about the future because when people do that they completely forget about the present. The present is just as important as the future. Everything that we may have questions for will come in time
This year is winding down and coming to a close and I can only think of one true emotion…fear. I found that I am truly terrified to leave what I’ve come to know as a safe place to rest my head. Now each day brings me closer to the end or the beginning… the ever-present idea of a never-ending room of doors as one closes another opens. I’m just afraid to cross that threshold. As seniors I think we tent to gripe a little bit more about our classes and how we can not wait to leave, but I do not know how I will the day I make that infamous walk up to the last stage I ever step on as a student of Arcadia High School. While my friends all plot their rise to power all I can think about is my fall from grace.
These last few weeks are the last we will ever see each other, then we spread out all over the nation. And well that leaves me …alone.
Isolation is not a bad thing, that’s what I wrote in a philosophical baseline, and really what is isolation with facebook. I guess I’ve always been acting in this particular play for four years and have grown attached to this particular cast. Now I leave this stage for another and another. The world is not as secure as I once saw it to be. You know that feeling like your being shuffled around, I get that a lot or at least I thought I did. This blog has honestly been hard to write to say how I can make a difference in the world and what will happen in ten years or what is left when I leave the stage of Arcadia High. The truth is prior to this I have been filled with selfish thoughts griping about my problems, the truth, and me are my problems are far less important then the ones the world faces. We stand on the brink of economic destruction and all I can think about is making a quick buck, when other people are fighting for their lives I waste my time worrying about if a girl likes me or not. I think one of the ways that I can change the world is simply by becoming aware of it. I have been fighting reality for a long time and afraid to see what was truly there, I am just lucky there are people that help point me in the right direction. So that leaves a new question to be answered.
“What comes now?”
I think a start is by just becoming open to the world; it is the closed minds of this world that make the problems of tomorrow. Only though open minds and understanding can we come to a happy medium. This blog has really helped open my eyes to issues that I barely new existed both on a small scale and a global one. There are many steps still to take along my path to changing the world but I’m ready to take them now. I think that is the main thing that we are striving for is the courage to walk out the door and have an adventure. The world is not going to wait for us so all we can truly do is face it, one man cannot stop a flood from happening but he can help to make sure the flood does not come again. My life slogan is that if one person believes in you, you can do anything and well Mr.Feraco thinks we can do miracles and I for one would hate to disappoint him.
Just thinking about closing the high school chapter and opening our college careers is very frightening, but also exciting. I agree with your slogan, "if one person believes in you, you can do anything." All we need is to know that someone will be there for us when we need them. If this in mind, we can accomplish great tasks we never imagined we could do.
The ever fun topic of the future and what it is going to be like, I remember these conversations. Where to begin? Well, as I sit here in this hotel room, typic this up before i go to sleep and prepare for my day of pain tomorrow, I have actually been thinking on the future a lot lately. I sit here, ready to seal my own life away and yet, i have hardly ever really thought about the future of mankind. I have been asking myself these questions for some time now, and i watched as the human race made the same mistakes over and over again. Finnally, i decided that with current trends, humanity is leading itself down the proverbial drain. We constantly see a trend towrds the reduction of intelligence and more of a mob mentality, going with what the cool guys says.
Now one may ask, what am I doing to help the future of mankind? What am I doing to stop this whole madness of the doom and gloom I foresee? Well, this moment I am join the miltary to protect one segment of it all and hoping things take a turn for the better. Honestly, I long ago stopped considering myself to be that human any more, I seperated myself from the current humanity. I prefer to think of myself as more beast now, because I see that as an improvement from the animals that humans are. Really, I hardly think that humans turning around is possible.
A better world for the future, well that is another tough one to see. Personally, I believe humanity's best times were during the renasaince ((spelling?)) and I would love to see a modern version of that. I think if humanity entered another age of artistic appreciation and of bettering themselves, instead of pleasing themselves to no end, that would turn out to be a better world. Now don't get me wrong, i am just a guilty as others when it comes to sating my happiness, but I would still think if everything were to change, myself included, that would be better. I could say that I wish war was over, that everyone in this world would be a piece, but I know that is simply not going to happen, not know, not ever. but we should tone it down and fight wars with reason, not petty crap.
Still, it may seem radical to you and it may not. However, I am answering these questions as I truely feel while I am sure that the constant clattering of my computer keys is annoying my roommate. I think that a better world for the future is possible, but not very likely. we learned too much from our parents and they from theirs, to where it is almost inevitable that we willrepeat the same mistakes. cartoonists may make fun of and point out that all americans are doing right now is passing on debt to younger generations. But, can you not tell me that when our time comes, and when our younger siblings' time come, that we will not do the same? that we will not pass all of our problems down while maybe fixing one or two? Think about that and answer me honestly if you can.
I agree with you statement that humanity is degenerating. In fact, it's what I wrote my Brave New World Essay about. I can see why you would believe that animals are better than humans. I agree as well.
I’ve always wondered what the future would be like. The future is such an interesting concept; it seems like it would fit better within the confines of a Disney book or film rather than in a time still untold. Anything within scope of the human imagination may very likely be in store for humanity in the future. It doesn’t sound realistic but the truth is that progress is our reality. Thirty years ago it would’ve been unreasonable to say that the entire world could be connected at the click of a button (and likely impossible too, given the circumstances of the Cold War; ‘connected’ is hardly the word to describe the era’s international relations). But here we are today, treating the Internet as a daily household appliance. It sometimes makes you wonder what the future has in store for us considering what it held for past generations. Yeah, we haven’t exactly fulfilled our expectations with commercial space journeys and flying cars. From a technological standpoint, society isn’t exactly up to par with our 80’s counterparts. From a behavioral standpoint, however, I believed we’ve achieved the once thought impossible.
So we’ve somehow managed to become a ‘connected’ world. So what’s next for us? What’s next on our list of goals to accomplish together as a society? From a personal standpoint, I believe that our next goal also happens to be our ultimate goal, unity. Unity and connection are, from my perspective, different peas from the same pod. We’ve already achieved the first step, connection. The next step is to take that connection that we’ve already established and pushing it to its maximum, unity. Unity is like connection on steroids (sorry for the cliché, but it is!) and it is something we have yet to accomplish. That being said, it wouldn’t be fair to state that society hasn’t made dramatic steps towards unity or even connection prior to reaching it. Wars (the exact opposite of unity in my opinion) used to be waged for petty reasons such as land or dominance. To look back as a society and realize how far we’ve come is a really humbling experience. But there is still much progress that can be made.
Honestly, I become especially aware of our ‘unity situation’ every time I watch a science-fiction movie. What does movies have in common (besides aliens, battles and the occasional love side-plot) are that they almost always portray united civilizations that work together as a species. It is that goal I wish humanity to reach (but not be the means presented in Brave New World or 1984, rather by some democratic process). I know this may sound a bit over-the top but I fear the day that humanity comes face to face to a conflict that requires it to fight as one but has not yet achieved that goal (aka alien invasion).
So, as an individual what can I do? Realistically, absolutely nothing. Unless I somehow come across a great deal of political or financial power, I am basically a cog in the complex machine that is humanity; it matters not that I do as an individual but how I am able to contribute to the overall effort. Having said that, my own personal ‘ultimate’ goal is pretty unrealistic itself. I want to do more than simply be a necessary element; I want to be THE element. I want to be able to look back while on my death bed and say with confidence that I did more than what was standard. Basically, I want to be the factor that pushes humanity that much closer to achieving the final destination of unity. I say that to be unrealistic simply because of the odds that stand before me. There are only so many Einsteins, Armstrongs and Ghadis in the world (literally). I suppose my goal is to find out how to put myself in that same group at least in my own mind.
I agree with you on how individuals can almost never accomplish anything by themselves. Thinking that is just expecting way too much out of your life. I am sure that nearly everyone would want to be THE element, THE one that found the most marvelous discovery or done the most heroic thing but honestly, that’s never going to happen. Einstein, Armstrong, and Ghandi are the exceptions, the one in a million that was born to do something magnificent. Overall I liked your blog, something about the way you said it or the voice you incorporated in it just made me feel good reading lol. Good work
There is a lot a individual can do. Don't use the thought that doing small things doesn't matter. Some times it isn't as small as you think and even if it was that isn't a excuse to not do it. Sometimes the motivation of why it is done is enough to make the world a better place. Pay attention to the small things if you want big things to be done. You may be a cog in a machine but remember that sometimes the smallest thing could damage how well the machine works. There's nothing stopping you from being nice to someone and complementing their shirt. Unless there's some sort of ninja who does that. Is that why people aren't nicer? How scary!
I think i have to agree with you on the part where differences are only made in a unit. When only singular units work to try and make an impact, it usually doesn't work out. good post! made sense and related to today
The future holds the unknown. No one knows what will happen, where they would end up, or how to achieve their goals. Even though it may be mysterious, I believe we are moving in a positive direction. With the new generation emerging, new discoveries will be made and improvements will begin to come. Contributing to the future in making a better world, I will pursue my dream career and help the children in need. Autism in children will decrease and the patients will realize that they are not different from the rest of the population and consider themselves just special.
With everyone playing a role in the society, civilization will soon be stepping towards a future where no one envisioned that the new world could have existed. At this point in time, people have well exceeded their previous leaders’ expectations. George Washington would have never imagined anyone could fly in the air. All he knew was how to travel by horse and boat. When planes were invent by the Wright brothers, they thought that they conquered the best among best, but they were wrong. As life progresses, new achievements are accomplished. Now we have experienced how it is like in space with our new advanced technology.
The thought of being fully dependent on new gadgets haunts me though. If we rely on them, will it be true that we are living our lives to the fullest potential? To avoid the problem mentioned in Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, people must feel the pain and sorrow, and not just happiness. With these negative aspects, humans may improve their lifestyles. Morals will be made; lists of what-to-do and what-not-to-do will be imprinted. I believe that the new world will move in a positive direction where people would be gentle and hospitable to others. No major sin will happen in this new world and no unlawful actions will be made.
Closing the chapter of high school and opening the new chapter of college career is a mixed feeling. Sadness begins to form as we realize that we are soon to be parted from each other after graduation. Happiness will come when we succeed our dreams. We need to step out of our comfort zone and move into the real world. Dorms at colleges will be sort of a practice in being independent. Internships will prepare us for the future. As one door close, another door will open. This is what I believe in.
I agree with the fear of becoming too dependant on technology may lead to our downfall. These days we rely too much on our celphones that a whole day without it turns our world topsy turvy. When we simply go through life we aren't living it, just existing. I really like the points you've made with this paragraph.
Your ideal world seems very innocent. Not that it's a bad thing. Also I agree with you that the future is unknown, which is why "the future freaks me out"
I’ve never really considered the potential we as human beings have for good. Instead, I hold this notion that our society is more likely to turn into some kind of dystopia, like in Brave New World or Nineteen Eighty Four… I guess I tend to be very pessimistic. Maybe it’s because seemingly every author we’ve been exposed to recently insists that humans are evil by nature, or selfish, flawed, self-preserving, etcetera. Dante with his various sinners, Huxley with his greedy, mindless pleasure seekers, Orwell with his fearful Oceanians that only look out for themselves. I hate to say so, but to an extent I agree: I feel like our world is slowly growing more superficial. We’re that terra cotta foot, if not some weaker material, on the Old Man of Crete. We’re more materialistic, less moral, and less interested in intellect than past ages.
I feel almost guilty saying this. I don’t mean to imply that there is no hope for us. It might seem like I’m contradicting myself, but I don’t believe people are evil by nature – we just forget our virtues every now and then. People still do good without having selfish motivations. People still have a sense of right and wrong. Of course, it is much easier to be bad than be good. To conform than to stand out. Being able to make a difference for the better, a real, significant difference, seems so impossible. Like that really, really huge project that you never want to start. But I guess just like that huge project, it’s easier than it looks once you get the ball rolling. You just have to figure out where to start. And if no one is helping us there, when do you know to start, or how to do it? How do you “just start”?
Well, that’s the beginning of the whole journey, I suppose. And I know this is one of those things you just have to take on all by your lonesome self. No one can guide you through it. It’s absolutely terrifying now that I think about it, but at the same time, exhilarating. I have absolutely no idea how I plan to make a mark on the world, since I’ve really never thought about it before, but I can honestly say that I feel inspired from here on out. I don’t want to leave without being remembered in the best way possible. So, I’m going to try to make a difference now.
P.S. As cheesy as this may be, I want to thank you Mr. Feraco, for telling us you believe in us and actually meaning it. I don’t think I’ve ever been able to take it seriously when someone has said that before, and your sincerity means a lot. So thank you for always keeping faith in us.
I agree with you that humans are naturally good at heart. Only, sometimes, they got distracted by superficial and materialistic aspects of the world that gives them comfort, causing them to stray away from their goodness. Wow, we sure are some lazy creatures.
I can't even predict what sort of person I'll become after a year in college, never mind after ten years. And if I can't see what I'm going to be like, I doubt I can even see how the country will turn out. In my mind, I still see a stereotypical 'futuristic world' somewhere down the line - you know, one of those high-tech worlds covered in cities that are actually clean-looking. Whether or not that will ever become a reality remains to be seen, but it cannot be denied that our world is steadily moving towards a technology geared society.
Just recently, I found a video on YouTube in which Yamaha had a humanoid robot speak and sing. What fascinated and freaked me out was that I had initially thought the robot was a real woman - that was how realistic the robots are becoming every day. Heck, she even blinks, turns her head, and make odd little expressions as she sings. Of course, it's becomes clear very fast that she's not a real flesh-and-blood human, but still, the resemblance to one is simply amazing. I think sooner or later, humanoid robots like her will be put to useful purpose, rather than as displays of technological accomplishments. Once all the kinks and wires are fixed, humanoid robots will be the ones working and serving mankind - despite all the sci-fi movies that try to deter us away from that path.
In five to ten years, the world will be very different from what it is today. Whether it will be better or worse is hard to say. I think in some ways, it will be better, but worse in others. As for me, I will definitely be a very different (and hopefully better) person. I can see myself slipping into periods of nostalgia with all my close friends from high school at every reunion we attend. We'll laugh at our younger selves and feel like crying because we can't ever return to those carefree high school days. We'll compare the different paths each of us has taken since we separated, feel happy and sad about the ones who have married and even have their own children. I start to get this heart pounding feeling - almost like some external pressure or force on me - when I think about my friends with their own family. It's a surreal idea for me, but I know many of my friends want to get married. My response to them: we're not even out of high school yet! Though, it's true, we are almost out, but still, it seems too early to talk about married life.
We create the future by living in the present. And so, we never know what the future will bring, what contributions we'll make, or if a decision we chose was even good. If we're just floundering around most of the time, the chances of making mistakes is quite high. There's really nothing we can do about this though. Due to a certain unpredictable aspect that the future tends to have, it won't matter how much we try to prepare for it. Something may (or will) always happen that was not part of the plans we so meticulously organized. So to the future, I say this: bring it on, I'll wing my way through.
Regardless of what is to come, there will always be a spot aboard the Death Earth for you Ling-Ling Ling.
"We create the future by living in the present."
I find myself agreeing to you in this respect. I've seen people (including myself) who look too far into the future, and are afraid to move forward because of the apprehension. But like you said, the future is unpredictable and things will fall apart. I suppose I should spend less time planning out the distant future, and acting on what is happening right now.
P.S. Haha, Ani, is that a Vocaloid reference I see in the second paragraph? XD
Honestly, I really don’t know what to think of the future. Though I believe that we are very willing to make sacrifices for convenience, tranquility, and stability, I also believe that we aren't willing to let our desires destroy our humanity. I think that half of the people in the world are aiming towards a world described in Brave New World because everything is stable, but I also think(or hope) that the other half are aiming to preserving humanity. It is difficult to say what the future holds because anything can happen. Some discovery could take us in a totally different direction than the one we seem to be traveling towards now. Or we could finally discover a system that would successfully build a utopia. The future is the unknown but if I were to take a guess, I would say that we are going towards an era of convenience, efficiency, and happiness with our humanity still intact.
I don’t see the future as something scare or difficult to enter but what I do feel is difficult is letting go of the past. I am sure the future holds many opportunities of learning and success as well as failure and experience. I am hopeful for the future but at the same time, I am anxious about the many mistakes I may make. As I enter my college, I just hope that I will be able to compensate for all of my damages. I suppose I have many conflicting feelings about the future because the future can hold anything. It is like reaching into a black bag a stranger held out for you. The bag could contain snakes or bugs but it might well contain my favorite candy. Similarly, the future could be dark: we might enter another world war; however, the future could also be bright: we may discover a cure to cancer.
In the future I want to do something to help the Earth and in turn guide our species in the right direction. I love nature and the animals that hide in it. I long to preserve magnificent oceans, transfixing waterfalls, and the many fascinating creatures of both land and water. I have always been in love with nature and I believe that if we still care about the animals and plants we share this planet with then we will still retain our humanity, caring for things below us though useless and expendable. Whatever I end up becoming I hope that I will do something to help our planet. I was even thinking if I become something like an optometrist where I wouldn’t really be able to do much more than treat my patients’ eyes, I would have a part-time job out helping the environment or in animal shelters.
Though we can stray off into ‘the dark side’, we also naturally repel ourselves away from anger and bloodshed. So I am optimistic that we will advance not only our technology but also our ideas in a more eco-friendly way. I mean we are already trying to go green, so why would we stop? Humans are unpredictable, but at the same time we are predictable. We can do things out of the blue but in the end we all want the same thing: peace, joy, and love. I guess overall I am optimistic for what the future holds. I am excited for what we as a unity will find and create but mostly I am eager for what I will create and what I will do for this world.
I like that comparison with the black bag. Also, I hope you do make a difference with your love of nature. I love nature as well and hope I can do something to protect it in the future.
What would a better world look like?
A better world would be a world in which there was no hate. A world in which everybody got along for the most part. A better world would be a world where there was no crime. A world in which everybody worked hard to make a living, and people did not have to commit crimes to get by. A better world would be a world in which everybody was financially stable. A world in which everybody had the basic necessities for survival. There are so many changes that need to be made to our world that it becomes hard to find a place to begin.
Although it may be hard to admit it, I think that we are regressing as a society. We are in the middle of an economic recession, poverty and unemployment levels are through the roof, and there seem to be no signs of progress. I would not call myself pessimistic. I would like to consider myself as a realist. I see the world as it is, and right now, I do not see us making any significant strides forward.
That said, our future may seem quite bleak. I think the near future is going to hold some tough times. I think our recession still has a year or two left. Eventually the economy and our standard of living will increase, however. In five years, perhaps ten, we may begin to see some strides forward. Our economy will slowly strengthen, and our poverty, unemployment, and crime rates will fall.
I plan on impacting our society by becoming an FBI Agent. I want to be able to help our society by helping to solve crimes. I want to be able to prevent crimes from happening by locking away serial offenders. FBI Agents are vital to our society’s improvement, and I plan on becoming one so that I can join in the effort.
But Nolan, what if FBI agents are the serial offenders? Then who will stop the stoppers!?
In view of the world, people only have a limited line of vision. However, the mind makes up for what the eye can not see. Still, not every thought is strong enough to take on all the responsibilities it views. The overwhelming sense of duty, morals, and judgement takes us back when we try to take a glance into the future. Truth be told, I don't often think about the future of the world. I look through a more focused scope of what will happen to family, friends, and myself.
Of course, this state of mind and course of action is selfish. I admit it. I would rather look out for the well being of those that are closer to me than the well being of the rest of the world. I do feel guilty. If possible I would want to help out everyone existing on earth, to end all their suffering. I can do as much as I can, by looking out for family, friends, and myself first and then moving on to larger things. I don't believe that in my time all the problems of the world will be solved, but I do hope some of the ones dealing with discrimination will be.
It's a welcoming thought that so many people now and days are more open. However, there still is a overbearing amount of prejudice. In a society of ignorance, education and the right teaching could bring forth a everlasting time where racism is just a myth of the past. Once, I am able to solidify where I stand, I want to be able to educate, and take my part in eliminating these almost trifle controversies. I will take stands in professing and bringing about the value of the open mind. I don't know if I could ever come to Mr. Feraco's state of a phycological being, but it is a good goal to aim for when the time comes. For now, I will work hard so that in the future I may work hard for others.
School is coming to a close, and people are biting their lips with anxiety. Abundance of experience, opportunity, and wisdom is lying in wait for those who spring forth to catch it. Some people will change paths. Some will follow the one they began. All will meet their futures. All will come to see their past. It's a bright beginning that awaits us.
Let's meet it with smiling faces.
It is very natural to only concern about the people around you; it is very hard to take care others since what you can do is limited. The world's problems will never be solve since everyone has different perspectives and thinking that are going to go against one another. We can only contribute to the world to enhance it but we can never solve the worlds conflicts.
For some reason, your blog entry gave me a sense of hope. I don’t think that the world is heading towards a better future, but I have hope in the people. It’s not too late for people to change their ways of living (mass consumption, dependence on fossil fuels, large production of waste, etc.), but it will be too late if we don’t change it soon. It’s nice to know that some people still have their morals, which I think are very important. It’s natural for people to care more about the ones that have a closer relationship with you, but just knowing that people do care is a positive step into our future. Good Job!
Starting from now and gearing towards the future, everything will turn into chaos and turmoil. Earth will turn into dead-zone for any creatures in this universe that pass by it. Oil spills, surface-cracking earthquakes, erupting volcano – these events have been deteriorating earth‘s life quality for us humans. Yet, the worse is still yet to come. Christians will not be Christians. Buddhists will not be Buddhists. New Age movement and any other ideas would not begin to develop if these events have not been unraveled. If there is any hope, they will be futile. We will be sliding backward instead of charging forward. Due to these many negative assumptions that I have just stated, I would consider myself as being pessimistic about the future.
I would definitely talk about the past and the present things that occurred or occurs to us recently. I would talk about any events that help us shape our characteristics into what they are in its current state. We, humans, are curious beings who can never rest when they have set their mind to discover the truth or meaning behind things. Even these sentences already intrigue enough for me to fast-forward my life and feel that nostalgic feeling of meeting your old friends. If my children finish her study of Myth to Science Fiction and graduate from Arcadia High, I will cry as a parent because this marks his or her first step towards the dangerous world where competition and bribery coexist. Nevertheless, I will train him or her to become a hard worker – thus, he or she can handle problems and survive in this brutal world of reality.
I will become a part of our future by contributing myself and my work into my community. I will try my best to serve other people my best. I will also become a better daughter for my parents, better friend for friends, and good worker for my boss. By fulfilling these roles, I will be able to fill my gaps and strive for the best. Lady Gaga was a stripper that eventually made it in entertainment industry under Akon’s label. If she could have gotten that chance, I could, too. The road might not be smooth, yet, I am optimistic about the results that I will obtain in the future. I am closer to my potential and therefore, will unleash it in order to become successful not only in terms of career, but also in the term of social life as well.
With no doubt, I am sure that humanity will reach it in no time because we are already on the process of achieving it. There are PETA, American Red Cross, and many other causes-supported organizations that are based on humanity. Without humanity, earth will be nothing but a place for savages that do not even know who themselves are anymore.
“The World is a stage, but the play is badly cast.”
Then I dreamed about cars flying over the sky, pedestrians wearing jet-backpacks, and floating traffic lights that will never catch up with the traffic. Those simple wishes for a stereotypical futuristic society in movies and comic books form my entire understanding of what should be now. From what I can remember, I was so occupied by my childhood that I didn’t begin to think about the future until the very end of middle school. So, there are the excuses for me not being so considerate of some in the future as I see it. I have never been the kind of person who builds life at present upon its future. Most often I try to live life as well as it can within no more than 3 hours margins. But now it seems like the time at which I have to look farther than my usual comfort zones, because I have bigger challenges to face.
At the moment I feel baffled as well as determined. Part of me sees myself successfully achieving my grandeur ambitions, and the other part sees me satisfied at a mundane family life. I have made mistakes I would have to force myself from regretting every time I think of them. Those memories and the consequences are keeping me mildly yet consistently depressed, although I have never lost hope in life and beyond. As a result I can’t see exactly who I’ll really become, needless to say what exactly the world will be like. But my hope still holds true applying to the bigger picture; I believe the best days are yet to arrive. The same goes for the future of this class. It’s undoubted that Mr. Feraco is well on his way to become a great mentor, who’s capable of imparting the knowledge of appreciation. At very special moments like these, at least for me, hoping is the bliss because thinking won’t make sense. I believe that whether it’s myself, this class or the world, will all leave behind a legacy.
Like you, I also did not think about the future until later in my life. But unlike you, I did not truly start until my freshman year. Yet, I do not believe this is late. In fact, isn't it true that most people don't really know what they want to do with their life until college?
I used to believe in jet packs and futuristic societies when i was younger too! Influenced by Sherlock Holmes and what not.
I feel the same about the comfort zone thing. Sounds like I think more often about the future then you do, but i worry nonetheless. We've all made mistakes, but as we mature we'll learn to just forget them.
Nice ending with the legacy comment! (:
If we built a better world it would have to be one that is entirely unified and has no more problems that we have today. Problems that plague the world like disease, poverty, injustice, and hunger. Also the level of technology would far exceed the level of technology that we have presently. In addition, I want the floor to light up as I walk like in Avatar. That was one of my favorite things about the movie, when the people walked across the land their footsteps would light up as they walked. I would like it a lot better than this world because I feel that I would enjoy a world that I built a lot better. I would have a lot more fun in a world where my steps light up, in addition to world peace, no more injustice, hunger, and a clean environment.
I think that the future holds many good things for us; I can't exactly say what is to come in the future. However, I do know that we are moving in a positive direction as human beings because if we look at the past things were worse off. Now-a-days people are not as hungry and they are living a lot longer than they used to. So we are definitely moving in a positive direction, there is less general hate and discrimination; there is more dialogue between nations as well. Since the international community is much more connected and willing to meet each other. I feel hopeful about the future because I feel that there are many good things to come in the future. As we have progressed through time, people have become more open about things and willing to accept differences.
Humanity as a whole will never get close to reaching our potential because what exactly is our potential? What is the ultimate goal of humans? I like to think that the point of life isn't the fulfillment of our potential, but rather the experiences and knowledge that we gain through our journey to achieve our full potential. I don't know whether or not we can fulfill our potential because I don't know what is the human potential is. If I had to choose one it would probably be a unified world, peace throughout, and no more serious problems such as: disease, hunger, environmental issues, and possibly death. These things, I believe are not possible of being fulfilled in my lifetime because we simply do not have the science and technology to solve them yet. Today, a unified world just does not seem possible because if we look to the Middle East there is so much fighting between different ethnic groups and fighting over territories. Even here in the U.S. there is fighting; not fighting in the sense of using guns, but fighting with legislation against illegal immigration.
I will be a small part of the future, although I have dreams of doing great things in the world; I know that in reality that I will not really do much too really change the world in a drastic way. Every time I hear “make the world a better place”, I think of people that have done something amazing like: found a vaccine for tuberculosis, help prevent AIDs and malaria spread in Africa, or invented the horseless carriage. I will simply grow up, go into whatever sector of job that I feel drawn to, make money, have kids, then die. I think that I will most likely go and become an engineer or a doctor, so I will help build a better world by helping the health of others or an engineer that will help build more efficient cars, batteries, and renewable energy collectors.
The world is going in a positive direction for many things, but it is degenerating in certain aspects of life at the same time. The living standard has been increasing over the decades. Discrimination is slowly disappearing. The world's perspective is becoming more accepting. Human life span is increasing due to the new inventions and discoveries. Technologies and new information are advancing. However, at the same time, people are growing dependent on inventions and machine losing their natural abilities. Relationships between people are becoming more distant as technologies advance.
People now spend longer time at home than outdoor since internet made life a lot more convenient. We can buy almost anything online. We can see distant family members or friend with webcams. We can easily find one another with the use of telephone and cell phone. Even though our world has become much more convenient, we are starting to miss out on many things people from the past used to enjoy. People used to play outdoors and associate with one another face to face. Now, with the usage of computer and phone, we barely even know the people who live right next to us. We are growing more disconnected from one another.
People used to write letters by hand to others; now we write letters with machines or replace them with electronic mails. Even though it is much faster and safer to use e-mail than mail, we lose the personal touch from other by doing so. We used to remember each others number by memory, but now the auto dial on our cell phone fills in our needs to do so. Technology and invention are replacing our nature abilities. We rarely travel by feet anymore. We rarely have to do anything by hands now.
Life is becoming less harsh since our creations and medical advancements have enhanced our lives. We are more secure with our lives, but at the same time they are getting more complicated. We have many laws and living rules that protect us; we also have many new medication that heal us. Nevertheless, we are being restricted by laws and ideas that did not exist before. We face new viruses and sicknesses. Our education level is going up, but at the same time we need to learn a lot more and study longer to get the jobs we want due to the competition.
Our world is not really going in a positive direction even though it is advancing. The new advantages and enhancements we have are being balanced out with the disadvantages and problems we face. Many new inventions will be created, but many new problems will exist. I feel neither hopeful nor worried about the future. The future will not be a better place than now, but it won't be a worse world either; it will just be a different place where many new fascinating things exist. However, I am sure that our world will be fascinating to people in the future as well.
Since I am into designs, I hope I will be able to contribute to the world with my designs. I am very concerned about the environmental pollution. When I was searching for inspiration for my architectural portfolio, I discovered the “green design” buildings. They are energy and resource efficient and very attractive at the same time. I really enjoy seeing those designs and desire to own one in the future. Even though I am not going to major in architecture for the next four years due to financial hardships, I hope I can one day become one and create modern, unique buildings that are beneficial to the environment. I want to help the world by enhancing the environmental conditions and visuals of constructions.
I also feel that our world isn't progressing positively but instead heading the opposite direction. Even with the new technologies, more problems can be born from the advancement. Those new problems do alter the way we live our lives. I like your point about the world not being better or worse but just different.
Obviously, the country will change in five or ten years. Everything eventually does. Technology will come and go as times change. Take the old days, for instance. A time when electricity was only available to a certain number of people: the rich. While, at one point, computers were only accessible to those that could afford it, nowadays, anyone can have access to one. As time continues to pass, things will stay the same.
But, all hope isn’t lost. Have no fear. There will be some things that will remain the same. Even things from the past have stayed relatively the same. They just look different. Take cell phones for instance. These devices came into existence during the ‘90s. But, as everyone can tell, they have not gone extinct. They’ve just changed shapes.
Like everything else, AHS will change. Even now, things are changing. New buildings are replacing the old, worn out buildings. Another parking lot has been added. Smartboards have or are going to replace projectors. What we know of about AHS will undoubtedly change with time. When we come back for our reunion, we probably won’t recognize out school at all.
When the reunion comes along, we’ll probably be reminiscing about our high school lives or else talking about the future. I know I most likely will. I’ll talk about how my life has been, how successful or unsuccessful I’ve been. Things of that sort. If you’re still working at AHS in 10 or so years, Mr. Feraco, then I’ll definitely come visit you . When it’s my children’s turn, they’ll probably be talking the same things. Not quite the exact, same things, but you get my point.
Are you sure things like cell phones will remain in existence though? I mean, remember what came before cell phones: the telephone. Sure, most people still have a home phone, but aren't there also people who no longer use a land line? In which case, a piece of the past has gone extinct. Funnily, it's like natural selection. Whatever technology adapts best to the current trends or needs will stay; whatever is less than handy, vanishes and we don't even realize it. I find it immensely sad that, while we look to the future, the past slowly disappears behind us, and then we lose the chance to ever recapture it.
I believe that the future is very ambiguous and very unpredictable. Especially with the recession that has impacted the jobs we want and the futures we desire. The future looks dim from the perspective that there are not any jobs open and even obtaining a job doesn’t mean you qualify, since it could mean you over qualify. As human beings I think we’re moving forward, because through struggle and turmoil, we tend to overcome these obstacles and grow as individuals. It makes us stronger because once we surpass the pain then we build ourselves, it creates a pain threshold that is even stronger than before. An example is getting a bad grade on a test. We feel defeated, sad and the pain from failure. Yet even though we being feel pain and sadness from failure, we brush ourselves off eventually and get back up so we will never feel that same feeling again. We study harder, longer and we change our habits for success and learn from our mistakes. This makes us stronger because we learned what failure is, and solve the problem by making sure we never fail the same way.
There are always ups and downs in life, people today just happen to be in down side of life. Yet even though life has a downside, it eventually shifts back upward and we receive the upside of life. I still might feel worried that because of the increasing unemployment rate and a recession that is growing maybe even becoming the next depression, I believe there is still hope. An optimistic view of this recession is that we learn from our mistakes. It’ll make us try harder as human beings because we need to be overqualified to be hired for even the simplest job. The downside to the recession brings an upside to the opportunity of making you better everyday and not being complacent. This means taking advantage of every opportunity to become a better more experienced more educated and harder working individual to be competitive in the job market. Although the future might not look bright, it’s better to feel optimistic instead of pessimistic. The change for a brighter future might not happen overnight, in the next decade or in our lifetime. However life is too short to be always looking at the future with anxiety, worry and thinking the glass is always half empty.
I will be a part of the future that tries to makes society a better place. I want a career that helps other people. Whether my career takes me into the medical field, psychological field or any other field, I want to make sure it benefits people and society. I know that I am but a grain of sand in the whole world, yet if I choose to live life with integrity, morals and achieve a goal that helps others than society can move in a forward progress. It is like a car, or any machine, a combination of parts that work together. Every part is important, regardless of how small the part plays a role in the machines performance. If the small parts work together to benefit society the future looks even brighter. I believe that even if I am a small part of benefiting society in any way and my efforts are futile, I can say that I tried my best to help a good cause.
I believe that the country will look different in the future. There will be more people looking for jobs, longer hours of working and more people still in school. Yet I believe that even if there are these struggles manifested in our country we will still be talking about the future at our reunions. How we should change and attempt to help our country grow to become a better place. We will be reminiscing about our struggles in life and how even though we had it bad, with the economy, our schools construction, and overcrowded hallways. Yet by talking about these struggles we will be talking about overcoming every struggle and challenge. Looking back we will be saying we had it better than the students now. I hope that if my children take Myth to Science Fiction they will gain the same knowledge I did after two semesters. And implement what they learned into their daily life. Not only do I hope they educate themselves, but they also grow as individuals and realize who they are and what they want to accomplish in life.
I like this future. Hard studious dedication and an upside to every downside. Your response sounds more like a call to action than a personal statement. I think I am ready to answer that call and hope that everyone else will too.
I believe a potential is meant to be reached and meant to be excelled. Therefore, I do not think that human can reach its potential in my life time, or anyone else’s for that matter. In the technological direction, we can always improve on what we already developed and create what we are still lacking of. Think about the time when cars and airplanes were first created and compare those products to what we have today. We have drastically improved on our technology. On the experimental side, we have successfully traveled to outer space numerous times, exploring the unknown for our society. We are continuing our research on outer space and other species to educate our society. Therefore, I believe that our potentials are unlimited because as technologies grow, our potential for discover and greatness grows as well.
In five to ten years, I do not think much will change. There might be more electric cars, better designed 3D televisions, advance laptops and computers, a 20th generation ipod (maybe in five to ten years the word “ipod” would actually be in Microsoft word so there won’t be a red squiggly line under it), but our lives and the way society lives will probably stay the same. If I come back to Arcadia, there could be a new mall, the race track could be gone, yet I would still see it as home. Even if the places around Arcadia change, my house will still be here and I am sure the schools will remain as well. However, I can be totally wrong and that a drastic change can happen within the next decade. Nevertheless, no matter what the future holds, I believe we will adapt to it easily without questioning whether or not it is for the better or worse.
I think that we are building our world already. Everything we do is trying to make things “better”. Although better could be worse for certain situations, our primary goal is to be efficient and avoid hardship (kind of like Brave New World). If we were to build everything starting from scratch again, I think we will probably take the same direction. I do know if I hate what we have now. However, growing up in this environment I am already used to how things are, so I definitely do not hate it.
I do not think that I will be able to help build a better world. I am probably going to be a regular, unknown, an unimportant individual. However, I believe I can still make a change in my own life and my family’s as well. And maybe my children will be able to help build a better world.
After studying philosophies and ways of living this whole year, I started imaging a brand new world that is created by myself. If I do get an opportunity to create a world myself, I would like to make it full of happiness. After reading 1984, I realized that happiness is the ultimate goal of every human being who used up their life to accomplish it. People who live under conditions they don't like or hate will make an awful world. I would like to stop violence in my world as the first step to pursue my new world. I believe that there should not have cuss or fight in the world. There will be no war in my world which because there is no argument or disagreement in the world I create. I definitely like it better than the one we have right now.
In my opinion towards the world we have right now, I believe it will be hopeful and creative. Now we have faced many problems such as economic crisis, wars, environmental problems and unstable society. We have suffered into these problems that make life harder and harder. However, I believe all of these are going to pass away. Now every person has tried his best against wars. Now people start protecting the environment. The economy has shown a sign to raise back. All of these give me confidence that our world is going to be better and better.
For me, whose dream is to become a successful businessman, the thing I can contribute to the world is to use my ability to help the economy return. If I achieve my dream to own a big company which has affection to the world, I would like to use money I have to support the little company in order to help the economy and these owners to find back confidence. I would also use money to do a lot of public welfare to help the poor people. I know this is may not enough, but I will keep doing this as much as possible.
What would a better world look like if we built it. Mr. Feraco there is so much wrong with that. First of all who is we. Is we defined as our class, us humans, or did you just make a typo and mean you. I’m just going to answer. The world could not be built by a group of people. The world would have to be built by one non bias person. He will have to create equal portions of everything for everyone.
The future won’t hold that much different in 5 or 10 years. The earth will still be effected by the same things it is effected right now. And what will the world be like when my kids are done studying myth to sci-fi? Well they will be taking AP English first of all. I hope my kids will be smart enough for that anyway. Well u get the point, after they are done with senior English, the world will have started to change. My ways of doing things will be old just like my parents ways of doing stuff is old for me now. I won’t be the cool hip person I am now I will be referred to as “Dad don’t do that your embarrassing me.” My kids will know everything or so they will clam. Health care and technology will have surpassed even my imagination, everything will be so great that only the new generation can fully understand it.
We are not even close to fulfilling our potential. We as a human species can do so much more then what we have done so far. Everything we have done is nothing compared to what we will be doing in the future. We started out living in caves not knowing how to build fire. Now in 2000 years we can start fire with a match. Imagine in 2000 more years what we will be able to do. No we won’t be able to reach it in my life time. Its going to take hundreds of generations to reach its potential.
How will I make the future place better? Truthfully I don’t know. Many people go through life not making a difference. When that person dies nothing really is remember of them, besides the small memories that their family has. However even that starts to fade away. For an example of this, on my cross country team I talk to some of the freshman about seniors I knew when I was a freshman, expecting them to know who I am talking about. None of them do. Everything the Seniors have done for me will stay with me. No matter how fast or slow they were, their last impression they have will leave with me. After I leave, and after I am done telling the stories of them they will be forgot never to be remembered again on the team. So many people go through the life not doing anything. So for me, a normal average person to make a difference will be extremely hard, and pretty unlikely.
i like your view on how you don't know what woud happen in the future.
What is a better world? Is it a world without starving children? Is it a place where nature can live in peace with humans without being destroyed by global warming? Maybe it is a place where warfare and disease does not exist. As appealing as this all sounds to me, I am incapable of imagining such a world because some time during my life, I have passively accepted our world’s flaws.
Sure, I have seen advertisements on television trying to solicit donations to help the hungry in Africa, but after a while, I subconsciously stopped believing that such organizations were truly making a difference. A reason for that might be because I hardly ever volunteered in a way that made me feel like I was contributing towards the greater good.
For example, when I see a homeless person, my first instinct is to shrink away in fear. In many ways, I find the harsh truth repulsive and I naturally try to ignore or even accept the glaringly obvious problems. It is because of my reaction to these problems that I will not change that aspect of our world because things that inspire such reactions have meaning that is sometimes not understood.
However, there is one problem I would like to address in the world that I create. I want a cure to human laziness. It is not that I am against the convenience of microwaves or cars because humans will always want something faster and better. What I propose is that one day every single person will work towards meaningful progress. I do not want my future child to sit in an economics class like I did, listening to the person next to me spout nonsense about going clubbing and drinking until she faints. I do not want people to waste their lives away, gambling and watching television for hours and days on end. If I were to change the world, laziness is the first aspect to go.
I completely agree with you. It seems that there are less people donating to the poor because nobody believes it is really making a difference. I have actually been in a couple situations like that, where I thought about giving what little cash I had in my wallet to a charity collector in front of a grocery store. I usually give something even if it is just a penny but if you think about it, how far is that penny going to go? Nowadays it would take every person to donate at least two dollars to make a difference because a penny just doesn't go as far as it used to.
yea.. i also think laziness could be a factor causing human downfall.. i saw the movie "Wall-E" last year and other cartoons suggesting that we'll be even more reliable on man-made equipments and other science products and finally become fat human balls with slender limbs (cuz we wont be using them much, there wont be any muscles on our limbs). That's why we say science is a double-bladed sword, meaning it has both positive and negative aspects...how can we progress without relying too much on the things we invent?
Note: I wrote two predictions as to what the future might be for us. (Both two paragraphs) I’ll leave it to you guys to decide which prediction is more practical.
The future shows great promise for us in terms of technology, productivity and efficiency. From a technological standpoint, we will always progress thanks to consumer demand. Maybe in the sometime future, we will finally be able to watch 3d movies without having to wear ridiculous glasses. But go farther than that! In the next ten years, we will be able to play videogames without the use of controllers. Instead, videogames will allow ourselves to go through and interact with the videogame world. I have always dreamed of interacting in the videogame world and know that I will live to finally live what I have dreamed of.
With improvements in technology, many cures for diseases will found. Efficiency and productivity for everyday consumer products will increase. Many people in the world will be happy with their lives. But this is exactly as to why I believe that we will become the Brave New World Aldous Huxley has feared. When people are happy with what they are doing, they turn a blind side towards other problems and situations. I however, doubt we will be alive to see such a world take place in our lives. This is due to the fact that science and technology cannot meet the needs of every problem as of right now and the distant future.
The United States of America is a country in which people are given many rights and freedoms. Perhaps too much rights and freedoms in the opinions of some people. As time has passed by, people have been given more and more rights to dwell on. With such rights given to the people, all they can do is demand for more and more rights. Of course political figures that want power in the U.S.A will not hesitate to throw out more rights to the people so long as the political figure is given a high office at power. Now with so many rights and freedoms given to the people, there will be contradictions and complete chaos in the country. A free and demoralized country can do nothing but cry out to be oppressed; and that cry will be answered by one hero. Emperor Tjhin!
No longer will the last name Tjhin be considered a spelling error on a Microsoft word spell check! My first and only decree as emperor will be that everyone’s name (except for me and the controller) will be Guillermo. With everyone’s name being the same, people will be forced to address and butcher each other’s last names! Indeed, this kind of accomplishment can be thought of by only an evil genius. But the country is not mine to control. Such a job would require simply too much work and effort. Which is why I will appoint the only man in the universe who desires to have such control; Michael Hsu!
I agree with you that “the future shows great promise for us in terms of technology, productivity, and efficiency”. People always want to improve the life we have now, and it’s only through technology that we can achieve the ‘impossible’. But I feel that we focus too much on entertainment that we will eventually hurt our natural way of life. Sure, the 3D movies would be cool, but it’s not something that we have to have. Virtual games would be so awesome that people would probably become more addicted than they are now to regular video games. However, even with such improvements in technology, I don’t think people will ever be satisfied. They will be amazed with technology, but after a while, they would want more—something new and even more exciting. Nicely done, Emperor Tjhin!
I think we all expect that the future means more technological advances. More cool gadgets! More cures. More lives saved. More of the "better" and less of the "worse." As for your plot to take over the world...good luck.
As we, the graduating class, gaze in to our future, we want to change the world around us like we changed the Arcadia High School. Changing the world is not easy task but once in the real world, people cannot help but change it. A better world is what most people strive for but common goals for the world may include peace, end of hunger, more liberties, a cleaner environment, and medical advances. These are prevalent problems are large scale and cannot be solved in one generation but if we start to solve the problems; the next generation will have to finish them. Living in a new world with those problems fixed would be a blessing. World peace would have a great impact on communication between countries and might solve warfare. The end of hunger means people would be less inclined to fight for resources and is a stepping-stone for a developing society. More freedoms gives people a chance to express true feelings about life and will surely cause a great deal of enlightenment. A cleaner environment is necessary for future generation to enjoy a natural life for the appreciation of mother Earth. Medical advances lets people live longer and healthier which should make people happier at the end of their lives because they can actually enjoy life after retirement. This world would be amazing but unrealistic in my generation but the world would be better if these problems are solved.
The future is filled with uncertainty but that is what makes life worth living. If we continue to life as we are, the future is filled with more problems that only a hand full, figuratively speaking, of people what to solve. We are progressing as humans but I do not see anything monumental that the human species has to overcome. Now in the twenty-first century, humans just need to figure out how to live better, longer and survive. The future, I think, will seem like a more refined present.
I think we make our own potential as a species and we can never achieve our ultimate potential. Humanity, hopefully, will survive till the end of time, which I think is the ultimate goal. Our potential is unlimited because humans have learned to adapt to certain situations. In order to survive humans are going to need to preserve Earth for as long as possible then need to venture out in the cosmos. The biggest accomplishment for the future is finding life somewhere else in the universe. Knowing we are not alone is special for a civilization and will help advance technology to a point we only envision in the movies.
I will live in the future and I will try to affect people around me so I will not be forgotten. If I strive to become a radiologist, I will have to be a part of the future. Helping people is always memorable and saving lives is even more rewarding. Building better lives starts with one life and being a doctor allows me to give better lives to my patients. Also for a better world, I can promote causes stated above and I know one person cannot really make a difference but as long as I try to fix the problem then I am doing my part for the world. Now I do not only have to hope for a better future, I have the power to change the future to my liking and I think that is what you are trying to get us to think about.
It is crazy to think that it is actually our time to help change the world. Our whole lives, we have just experienced change but now, we will get to make changes. I agree that people need to work as a whole to fix the problems in the world. Each person can only do so much but as a whole, we can make a big difference.
I really like how you will strive to influence people and leave a mark. I also want to be remembered by people and make a difference in their lives. Like you, I believe that we have the power to change the world. Good job!
You said in your second paragraph that you don't see anything monumental that the human species has to overcome, but I would strongly disagree with that. Compared to the early civilizations or even compared to the 20th century we have a higher standard of living, but then we still have war and genocide and world hunger and all of those pending problems. People are still racist, people still kill for no good reason. These are all monumental problems that we still have to overcome as a species. Of course these are also problems that don't just go away in a couple of years; it takes time. The point is that humanity has progressed, but we have a lot of room for improvement; like you said, one person can't change the world, but we can all contribute to the cause.
I do agree that the goals of humanity are generally in common, including all the things you listed; every generation attempts its best effort in tackling these goals, and like you said, “the next generation will have to finish them”. You made me understand that each person does truly have some significance in society, in that although he or she may not be able to change the world fully by themselves, he or she may spread his knowledge and affect others, slowly but surely touching the hearts of the community in a indirect way.
It's wonderful how you want to make a difference in this world and also help others make a difference. We're not obligated to help people, but there is no harm in helping them in the long run. If they do misuse you even when you help them, then it will be their loss in doing so. The effort we put in to do something in this world is all that matters.
Creating a better world that avoids conflict in any factor is pretty much really difficult unless there are new technology and creations. Just like how 1984 and Brave New World had done trying to make a “better” world, you always need to sacrifice something in return. It’s like picturing a pie chart, where in order to gain an increase in one section; the other sections need to be decreased to fit in the chart. What’s challenging about this concept is that with better technology and creations, there would be an increase in leisure time and thus, increases the factor of laziness such as instead of walking or driving anywhere, we can just teleport without even lifting up our arms. In my opinion, a better world has to include both the environment and ourselves. A better world would be a better school system, where stress and anxiety decreases, and education increases. That would mean erasing the testing system and adding a different concept, such as probably a mind scan of how much someone knows a certain subject, and if he or she doesn’t understand it still, we teach them again.
Today, everybody is being taught everything where we have no room to think creatively and thus, keeps our mind in a single stage. I believe that we are unable to grow because of how everybody is taught to just learn materials through school and books, where when we come in, we just imitate other people’s found knowledge. This is where creator’s come in. Nowadays, people are focusing on creating a better design or a “cooler” technology of something such as a smoother car ride and a better drink, but what we should be focusing on is how to improve our environment and creating a better foundation for our children. Spending money such as new buildings or computers are not going to help because what we need to change is a different method in teaching our children, where everybody can be educated easily. Thus the reason why I believe that in the next five or ten years, we will remain the same, but what could happen is just a change in price and improved technology on cell phones and leisure materials. What we hope are just fantasies and dreams, and we all know that dreams can’t come true.
The ultimate potential as human beings is creating a better world and lives for ourselves, but we are just so caught within a society where people all over the world have their different opinions and ideas of how to pursue that goal. We are unable to realize our potential because of it is because most of us don’t try to. Materialistic desires such as money and fame clouds our minds that some people just aim for those things. What they actually want in life is just to be “successful,” which means getting money or just raising a family. With this concept, nobody will reach anywhere because since they already have a goal in life, why would they chase another? To this point, I am not seeing any glimpse of hope in the future in which every person would have the same mindset to pursue a better future. I am not worried at the same time due to how some of us are trying to change the world for the better, but that can only take us so far.
It’s sad to say how those who do realize our full potential to not step up due to how one man or even a group can make no difference. We always want to expect other people to lead on and have confidence that a plan is going to work. Even if we do come up with a plan, how would we ever know that it actually works? The thing is, we obviously don’t, and it’s not really a great idea to take that risk, and seeing if it works or not. The only thing that I can help build this world is go along with it. That’s the fact. Unless I become someone like Oprah or a millionaire, an average citizen like me can’t do anything. What I can do, however, is something for my children. The only thing I can do is to put them in a well secure environment such as Arcadia, where many students actually want to learn, and just place my hopes onto them. They are the future after all because I believe that we may be too late to do anything. We already thought of our future such as what job we want, and the majority of them is nothing relating to improving our world, but rather how we may survive and be happy with it. Hopefully, the next generation will not do the same as us.
It's interesting how you mentioned the pie chart. I thought that that analogy of losing something if you want to gain something is really interesting. You also mentioned that too much time has been spent on helping the school environment for children even though it is just knowledge that has been found already. I kind of disagree with you. I think children or humans to be more general, need the education that has been found already to learn new things. Yes we learn all the old stuff that has been found, but you have to know the past to figure out the future. If you don't know what has been learned, then you may just be wasting time discovering something that has been found already. Also, you want to make sure that history won't repeat itself.
The world will never be perfect, and I am absolutely fine with that.
Sure, I want to get rid of wars, famines, hungers, diseases, and all the other bad things in the world but I don’t think that the world will ever be problem free. There are always positive and negative consequences for every action. Even if we discover a cure for cancer or AIDS/HIV, there could be another deadly or harmful side effect to the cure. In the future, there will still be problems. They will just be problems that we don’t have. Also, I think that life would not be as meaningful if everything was perfect. It is like finishing a huge jigsaw puzzle. One can only admire their work for so long before they get bored and look for another puzzle to complete.
In my lifetime, I hope to teach people to be more tolerant. If people were more tolerant, then there would be fewer misunderstandings. Whether it is ethnicity, religion, culture, gender, or likes and dislikes, everyone is different. Though there will always be misunderstandings and disagreement, a lot simpler problems like school bullying can be avoided if people were more tolerant. There is so much more to a person beyond their looks. Tolerance is something that has to be taught and implemented into someone at an early age. Hopefully, our generation can be the ones who will teach the next generation to be more tolerant of others. If that can happen, we can influence the future because the next generation will continue teaching tolerance to later generations as well.
Although I think that the world will never be free of problems, I actually have a rather optimistic outlook on the future. I believe in the best in everyone, individually and as a whole. Sometimes, I worry that people in the future will be so dependent on technology that they become like the humans in the movie Wall-e. But even people in Wall-e “woke” up at the end and saw what was more important. It is hard to explain why I feel that people will not end up like that; I just believe that people can be better. If we continue to carry on what we think is important to the next generations, then perhaps it will not happen.
In elementary school, I remember reading magazines and articles about how we would have really advance technology and things like flying cars by the time we are young adults. But obviously, it is not going to happen soon. I think that nowadays, people expect everything to be fast and quick. Everything from food to the internet to traveling is fast. But people need to realize that it takes a long time for change to take place. Think about ships for instance. There have been ships for a long time, but it took until the last one hundred years or so for big cruise ships to be developed. Even the human species took thousands of years to evolve.
With things like Wikipedia, Sparknotes, Yahoo, and Google, people expect to find answers to their problems quickly. Because of this, people easily get fustrated over things like the current oil spill due to lack of successful solutions. But it takes many trials and failures before something successful can happen. After all, we do learn from our mistakes. Instead of getting frustrate, people cannot give up after many failed attempts and must continue to try to find solutions. Take a look at the game tonight, although Ron Artest was made only one out of eight shots with 3.5 seconds left in the game, he did not give up and made the most important shot in the game. Instead of being fazed by his poor shooting and relying on Kobe Bryant to save the game, he did not give up. Though some problems in the world seem too huge to fix, we cannot give up and must continue persevere.
Haha!! I literally laughed out loud when I reached to the end of your post and I see "look at the game tonight." Pretty funny
Knowing you, tolerance (*would*) be a main factor since you were in like police training or something, but I do support your opinion because without tolerance, people will end up as someone like a rebellion towards people and is just completely out of order.
It's also obvious that there aren't going to be any flying cars in our generation or the next, and it's surprising because we can relate that when we were little, thoughts of flying cars and teleportation devices exists in the future, but now, we think of our job and probably what we will do with our money and life. (For some reason teleportation or teleport is not a word? It's marked as an incorrect spelling on here.) But yea love your post
I definitely agree with you. This world will never be perfect. Everyone should accept the fact that this world will never be perfect just like no one in this world is perfect. It is like a big puzzle. We will find the missing puzzle pieces as we live on but the puzzle will never be complete. Humans only live for a short period and discover a limited amount of things. If someone lives up to one hundred years old, he or she is considered to have a LONG LONG life.
I like how you related this blog to Kobe Bryant and Ron Artest. I believe people learn from their mistakes. I learn from my mistakes, you learn from your mistakes, Ron Artest learns from his mistakes and etc. He missed seven out of the eight shots he took and he did not give up at the end of the game. He played hard. Very few people would predict that Artest will make the game winning shot. Normally it is Kobe Bryant who takes the game winning shot. He continued to shoot ball despite what others say and he made the last shot. It was amazing. Channing Frye from the Phoenix Suns also missed a lot of his shots and he finally started making them in game four of the western conference finals. Lakers all the way! :]
I totally agree Cherry !
I think that the world will never be perfect, but the way we always strive to reach it will make the best out of us.
+ What will the better world look like if we build it...and would you like it better than this one?
What is a better world? A better world with no wars or anger? A better world with no discrimination or racism? A better world with no selfish or worries? I believe that life is full of difficulties and adventures, so a better world does not exist. If people are attached to make the world perfect, the world may possibly changes to World State in the novel Brave New World. In the World State, all people are satisfied with their jobs and livings, and they are always being happy with Soma. The world which we live in can not change too perfect due to the balance of society. People have initiatives against the difficulties to make the World better. If the world has no blemishes, it may lost the effort that people build their livings.
+ What do you think the future holds for us? Are we moving in a positive direction as human beings, or sliding backwards? Do you feel hopeful about the future? Worried? Conflicted? Pessimistic?
i think we are moving a little bit sliding backwards as human beings. Although our society is progressing, i still feel conflicted about the future. Since our technologies are advanced, the destruction of human nature is growing fast. For example, the Global warming is a big issue that we should face. The earth’s temperature increases due to fossil fuels, industry, and agricultural processes caused by human, natural, and other gas emissions. As human technologies progress, our living condition is increasingly dangerous. Even though the global warming may not affect much in our lives, but it may directly affect further generations. If people still ignore the dangerous of global warming, it may become true that we are sliding backwards.
+ How will you be part of our future? How will you help us build a better world?
For me, I will be an accountant as I researched on senior project. The only thing that my career will help the world is to analyze information in economy. Accountants also do some forecasts which will help people have prior notice of bad economy. Besides my career, I always keep recycling any bottles or cans. I think that might help the environment if everyone recycles. Even though my own help is insignificant, but if everyone helps a little bit, the environment will become much better. Compare with advancing technologies, protecting environment is more important because it directly relates to our condition of lives.
I agree with what you said about how our future is sliding backward instead of going forward. With all of the natural events that have occurred, this place becomes an unsafe place for everyone to live. Not only the factors that cause this come from within earth itself, but it also comes as a result of humans' activities as well.
I agree with you on the fact there is no perfect society and the fact we slide slightly backward as human being. There is definitely no perfect society; even a happy society like the one in Brave New world can be harmful. As for we slide backward, my idea is that we are sliding forward as a more advanced creature on the planet, while doing that, we are being slightly far away from human.
"The world which we live in can not change too perfect due to the balance of society."
I agree with your idea that a perfect nation can only form if you'd wish for one like in Brave New World. It doesn't seem possible to have a life with no problems without sacraficing freewill and what makes you human.
With your second paragraph i agree with your response- that the environment is at a sacrifice for technology. This relates to your first paragraph in the way we can't improve without making sacrifices and obviously our choice of technological advancements leads us to the destruction of our planet.
+ What will the better world look like if we build it...and would you like it better than this one?
The better world will look like the Death Star from Star Wars. The Death Star is significantly better than Earth in many ways. To start things off, it is a symbolic structure that exemplifies human ingenuity at its best. There is also a massive planet destroying laser beam. With this WMD, Earth, scratch that, Death Earth will become the most dominant player in intergalactic relations. Without a doubt I will like the Death Earth infinitely more than Earth. Earth, as of now, with its imperfections, can barely handle the self destructive ways of its inhabitants. Unlike its organic predecessor, Death Earth is entirely mechanical. This means that any damage can be repaired. Unless of course, the damage is the result of two proton torpedoes entering the Death Earth's exhaust shaft.
+ What will the country look like in five or ten years? What will you be talking about when you come back for your reunions? What about when your children finish studying Myth to Science Fiction and graduate from Arcadia High?
The country will look like http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:USATopographicalMap.jpg. Minus the state boundaries and with the addition of Alaska, Hawaii, and Iraq. Shortly after graduating, I will be pursuing my goal of becoming the Supreme Ruler of this planet. This goal, without doubt, will be fulfilled by the time I become 28. So when you guys see me at our reunions, you guys will not be able to speak directly to me but rather to my royal entourage. My children will not be studying Myth to Science Fiction since they will be taking 8 AP Classes on top of the rigorous mandatory extracurriculars that they need to participate in.
+ Are we getting closer to fulfilling our potential? Do you think humanity will reach it within your lifetime? What is our ultimate potential as a species?
We are never going to be able to fulfill our potential. The ultimate objective of humans is only going to be increasingly difficult to fulfill. I expect to live forever. Within my everlasting omnipresent stay here before Death Earth's arrival, I will probably see many fail attempts at fulfilling humanities fleeting potential.
+ How will you be part of our future? How will you help us build a better world?
I am the future. Through guidance, I will steer humanity in the right direction of building a planet destroying mechanical behemoth. Upon completion of the divine Death Earth, we shall conquer and enslave all the alien lifeforms that we encounter. Humans will become the galactic rulers!
I like your answer to the question about our potential. We really have trouble filling our full potential and living up to expectations. Everytime a goal is met another challenge seems to arise sometime i think that can be very annoying.
I really like your response to the last question. It is true that we have the power the steer our own wheel and lead humanity in the right direction. It is up to us and not everyone as a whole.
You are a genius. You have big dreams that will surely be difficult to attain. If Death Earth becomes a reality, I will surely talk about the good times with your royal entourage at our reunions. However, as I am sure you are aware, there are many planets with creatures that are much more advanced than us that are already developing weapons with immense destructive capabilities. Good luck with becoming galactic ruler.
The future us unpredictable. As of right now, the future holds mixed responses. In some cases, like medicine or technology, we have inched forward through the years, and will continue to do so in the future. On the other hand, the distance between the rich and poor are becoming more and more split, and our progress in getting a more equal world is sliding backwards. Because the future is so different in every area, I cannot say I am hopeful for the future in all aspects. Regarding the improvements, I am hopeful, and look forward to see what new things will be made in the future. At the same time, I am worried for our growing problems as a world. Things like global warming or the split between the rich and poor, are all growing problems, that have some progress in fixing, but for every step it takes to be fixed the problems becomes ten times worse. The future for sure holds a lot, but it is not all good and bad.
As humans we always are wanting more, what we have now will never satisfy our needs. Because of our greed, to say that we are closer to fulfilling our potential is false. Humanity is in a constant move forward, trying to fulfill our human potential, but this a never ending cycle. When we fulfill one, we already have a new goal to start working on. Humanity will never reach its fulfilling potential, it may reach a peak of success, but never fulfilling. I would like to hope that all our current potentials of my generation are fulfilled before my lifetime is over. I hope to see something I find important and meaningful accomplished.
The better world, I am assuming in terms that we follow our current direction, will end up somewhat like the world in Wall-E. For the most part, we will improve majorly in technology, and create many advances in the future of things that will make life easier for us. We will rely for the most part on technology, and function with technology. And like Brave New World, we will be split into social classes like we somewhat are now. We will be like the alphas, beta, deltas, epsilons, and gammas, only associating within our group. The separation between the classes will become more and more distinct.
For me the future is where the prime of my life will be, the next 20, 40, and 60 years will be in it. As an individual, I would like to help out as much as I can. Being a graphic designer, I hold the power to inform people, to enlighten people, and to help people. Although artist are not seen as peacemakers, or world-changing inventors, I would like to help out as much as I can. I would like to create work, that will benefit our world, and lead it toward a better society.
Like you, I can see the world becoming better and worse in the future. While we improve one part of the world, we might end up neglecting another part.
I like how you explained that you can impact the world by being a graphic designer. I never really thought about it but I guess alot of the things we see are part of graphic designs.
We think alike Jacquelyn. I also believe that the future IS unpredictable. I believe it can go either way, good and bad. I believe that the economy will be better than it is right now. I am also concerned about global warming. It can kill us. The world can come to an end. :[ We’ll see what happen ex-buddy.
I also want to help as much as I can. I believe that you will become a great graphic designer who can inform, enlighten, and help people. There are graphic designs all over the world and people do not even know they are surrounded by it. If everyone contributes to the future, it will definitely lead it to a better society.
What is a better world? The perfect world? There's no such thing as a perfect world maybe in books but never in real life. I believe that our world in the future will be just the same as it is now. Maybe with advance technology, but we will still have war, and hate all around us. If we as a nation will try to better ourselves soon we will need to fall and falling is never the funniest thing to go through. Sure we might have better technology and maybe we will be out of debt, but with everything going on in the world it is just impossible to fix every single problem to try and better it.
I think I would have the same feelings towards the "better" world because personally I know there will be no dramatic changes in the world. If you look back ten years from now the technology has changed dramatically, but what about the people or the wars? We are still at war with people for over ten year now, so in the next ten years ahead of us will we still have that same war going on, or have none at all. The better world is just a big question mark to me because even if we do better the world it won’t be perfect and I think most people are thinking that ten years from now there will be no crime no war and no hate, and I don't believe that is possible.
Me as a person trying to better the world would be the biggest challenge of my life. I think if I tried to better the world I'd try to better the world for the people around me who I truly care about and for myself. The ways I would try to better myself would be by taking different risks and try to help someone as much as I can. One of my dreams is to go to a different country and just help out in anyway possible, that's one of the things on my bucket list that I really never share with anyone because a lot of people think that that's something I would never do, but really that is one of my main goals in life is to help someone in need in a different country.
Everyone will contribute in their own way in changing the world. I think that once everyone does their own share this world will be a little bit better than how it is now. Now of course we have tried many times to stop wars and those end up going now where, but we the people can start by trying to change the little things around us. Even with a simple hello to someone you once knew, but stopped talking to because you were "too cool" for just say hi or a simple wave can make a difference in a person's life and will lead them into the right path or changing their own world.
I totally agree with you on your aspects of the perfect world. It's hard for us to even picture what a perfect world looks like because its all of false hopes in the end. In a sense we are somewhat capable of picturing it but it will never become a reality. On the other hand your views on the future are quite similar to mines.
“What will the better world look like if we build it”. Well honestly I believe it will be much different to the way we live and what we see today. It will consist of smart houses, a more strong sturdy government, less violence/crime, and more high tech fuel efficient cars that outperform the exotic cars that are out today. This would be the ideal world I would like to build, but would I like it better? My answer is no because it’s unrealistic. Our world today is more realistic and we are capable of making difference in helping others and ourselves. Sure I’d love to have cars that have more power and are able to have better fuel consumption then the Prius, it will happen eventually because we have new changes occur every year in the automotive industries. I’m in no rush for this to happen, and I would never change the world even if I had the chance.
I have many ways of contributing a brighter future for the world. I will make house hold appliance powerful but at the same time they will be energy efficient. I will be the first to create a car that is affordable and will outperform any street legal exotic car that is out today. I am all about making life easier for the world because a less stressful world can mean a peaceful and safer place to live. It is my goal in life to do this and I will meet these expectations I have. To achieve these goals I will need to work hard and not be afraid of learning new things. As people we are capable of making a difference, but it’s the ones that believe in themselves and push for these goals. Those are the people that make it in life and are successful human beings.
As a society I don’t believe we are even remotely close to fulfilling our potential. We’ve been a long way since the dawn of time in essence to the world today. It’s is really hard to even imagine what the world would look like at maximum capacity because we have no idea of what it would look like. It is true to believe that someday we will reach are full potential, but that will not be in my era. The reason it won’t is because there are still things that haven’t been discovered yet and won’t be discovered when I am still alive. It could possibly happen, but won’t happen for another forty years after my passing. We as human beings we have two ultimate goals in life. Those goals are to have a family and to be able to live the American dream.
In five or ten years our country will still be the same as it is now. It might change due to improvements or other things, but it will look the same to me as it is now. The only thing that won’t look the same is Arcadia High School. When I come back for my ten year reunion I will see my friends that I’ve not seen in years and they will be entirely different people than what they were before. The school on the other hand will be different and seem smaller to me then a university will be like. I won’t be able to say I’ve gone here because the remodel will effect what I think of the school now. For me on the other hand I will enjoy change in the sense that it is like starting a new beginning and I can be whoever I want to be.
Are we getting closer to fulfilling our potential? Do you think humanity will reach it within your lifetime? What is our ultimate potential as a species?
I will say that the goals of humanity are to pass down our history, struggle, and experience to the next generation for leaving a mark on this planet that humans were here first. Our goal has been met with today’s flow of information from and to all corners of the global. However, with the goal met, that does not mean we are closer to our potential. For me, the difference between goal and potential is that goal is an achievement that I finished while potential is something I still had to achieve. Passing down our history, struggle, and experience has been a potential, which has been accomplished by development of technology.
I believe our ultimate potential is to continuously make our lives more convenient for ourselves. With the advancement of technology, we desire even more advanced devices, which push our potential to the next level. For instance, looking at the development of cell phone, it used to be a huge device used for military mission only. Slowly, human saw the potential of the cell phone and the revolution of cell phone began to where everyone has a cell phone in their pockets. We will keep pushing ourselves to look for more potential to fulfill to make our lives more convenient.
+ How will you be part of our future? How will you help us build a better world?
As a student who wants to pursue a career as fashion designer, I will like to be part of humanity’s future of designing clothes. However, I do not just simply wish to create pretty clothes. Rather, I wish to revolutionize designing clothes that send messages or can impact our society. For example, I wish to use eco friendly material to create clothing lines because the use of synthetic clothes dyes has the potential to cause health problems and environmental concerns. Some eco friendly dyes are clays and flowers. By using these eco friendly materials, I would save the limited recourses and limit the health problems. Ultimately, I hope that I can bring awareness of eco friendly clothes. With limited awareness currently, people are far from knowing what damages and health hazard non eco friendly clothes can do.
I feel the same as you do about passing things to the next generation. It is very interesting to read how you will be part of the future. Best luck to you about making eco friendly clothes which can not only benefit to the people, but also to the environment as well. It is very nice to read about your dream with the future.
Go and strive for that desire to make the world a better place. No matter how small the deed, it is fine as long as you have done something. Be a revolutionary! Design, create, and influence as many as you can! You, and everyone alike, have all the potential in the world.
The long awaited future approaches rapidly, and for the first time in my life I feel that I am not ready for it. I have always believed that I will feel no angst on graduation day, however as the date nears I am beginning to have second thoughts. My high school experience has been gratifying to say the least and until about a week ago I took it for granted. I am now starting to realize how easy life has been and how much it is going to change in twelve days. I have learned a lot in my four years at Arcadia High and have been given plenty of advice; the most prevalent pertaining to my life at least, is that life is unpredictable.
Life is unpredictable. Simple, Straight forward, and easy to understand. Although it does not sound like the most profound piece of advice ever given, it is the only one that has rang true in every aspect of my life so far. If my freshman year self were to meet my senior year self we both would be awe struck. I am a completely different person then I was three years ago. My life’s goals have changed, my love interests have changed, basically my entire life has changed. Nothing in my seventeen years of existence has gone the way I planned it to, however it has all worked out for the best.
With that being said, I have no idea what the future will be like. I can offer what I hope it to be, or my scientific fantasies of a completely technology based future, but I’m positive it will not turn out the way I envision it. As of now I plan to be out of college and hopefully working with art in some aspect, however, if I am being realistic, I am completely aware that this may never happen. Who knows, after my first year of college I may decide I hate art and decide to become an accountant. (I am fairly certain this will never happen however, as I’m still struggling to pass algebra two.) I obviously plan on taking all the steps toward fulfilling my life’s goal, but as I’ve mentioned three or four times, life is unpredictable. We may all be gone in 2012!
I have lived the better part of my life following the advice I received from a bench at bus stop. I believe it was an advertisement for an insurance salesman quoting, “Plan for the possible, but hope for the impossible.” After reading his words of wisdom I laughed and drew a mustache on his face with a sharpie, but when I returned home after my act of vandalism the line still hadn’t left me. As I near the end of what I have been working toward my entire life, this simple piece of advice has never been more prevalent. I plan to go to college, earn my degrees, and pray for some divine intervention to set me on the path to fulfilling my dreams. The truth is I have no idea where I will be next month let alone in five years, but the beauty in life lies within the unknown.
The funny thing about being an artist is that you don’t change the world--at least not in a direct manner. The way I approach art makes it all the more difficult to mold the future. For starters, art for me is something that I use to express my feelings about my personal life. Back then, despite my unhappiness, the pictures I created depicted utopias that only existed in my daydreams. During my elementary school years, I entered the PTSA Reflections contests. Although I was not aware of it then, the themes forced me to look outwards. With titles like “Anything is Possible”, “I Hold in My Hand,” and “Signs of Courage,” it is glaringly obvious to me now that they were asking me what I would do to change the world. Of course, being the typical blissfully ignorant child I was, I ignored world hunger, global warming, and whatever else plagued the world at that moment in time, and chose to draw things based on figments of my imagination instead.
Okay, perhaps I was exaggerating just a teeny bit about the inspirations coming from “figments of imagination.” I was not that oblivious of my environment. My perception of the world was simply narrower. Inspirations for my drawings came from events that directly touched my life. An unexpected visit to the carnival hosted at Arcadia Park prompted me to invent a magical carnival with no lines for the most fantastic rides and candy vendors with endless stashes of cotton candy and churros. When I visited Sequoia National Park, my awe for those trees that outgrew skyscrapers was transferred onto paper with the aid of colored pencils and pigment ink pens. Other than those brief moments of enlightenment, things happening outside the boundaries of Arcadia escaped my notice.
Now though, I feel much more grounded in reality. Just about everything I draw today has dark undertones to it. The strange thing is, I can say without hesitation that my life today is much happier and satisfactory than my childhood. It is rather ironic that during this part of my life I produce such depressing pictures, while during my darker ages I drew more idyllic content. While I am unable to comprehend what is going on in my current surroundings, things that happened to me years ago suddenly becomes understandable. Or perhaps, alternatively, I was simply too afraid to express my feelings about that particular subject matter, so I kept that strong emotion repressed until several years later it can have a healthy means of catharsis.
Either way, I realized that in terms of changing the world, the problem with the content of my art is that it focuses increasingly inward on myself. Although today I am far more aware of the events that go on around the world, I have been so detached from them for so long, that they barely brush on my daily trains of thought. The way I create art is just not compatible with the fast-paced world. Like I mentioned before, I need to let a situation sit for a while before I come up with the proper means of expressing it. At the rate the world is churning out one headliner after another, anything that I would have wanted to say would have become old and irrelevant. All I know is the world will inevitably develop faster and faster, and I will become further and further behind. Consequently, none of those events gave me that spark of inspiration that motivates me to create a masterpiece, let alone a doodle in my sketchbook. And I felt perfectly content on having it stay that way.
Then, suddenly, on the last semester of the last year of high school, I was introduced to something called humanity. Oh, I have heard that word here and there for the last eighteen years of my life, especially in movies and graphic novels. They make it sound like something big and important with those “the-fate-of-humanity-depends-on-you” kind of jigs and all. But it got old, quickly. The first few times it sounded big and important. After hearing those lines being repeated over and over again, humanity became an abstract, cliche word to me. Until now, nobody paused to ask me what the future holds for humanity, let alone what I would do to bring about these changes.
Considering the way I treated the world up to this point, it predict it would be pretty difficult to make sizable ripples in the near future. Artists don’t really make the differences; it is the artwork that prompts viewers to respond a certain way. The trick is to first make people care about what you say. Unfortunately for me, I am a bit behind in that respect. Sure, people at high school admire my artwork, but I still have yet to make an impression on the larger art community. And the trick to getting a good impression on the art community? Well, I suppose I can start with the basics. Attend art college. Develop phenomenal technical skills. Get connections and internships. Graduate from art college with a degree and top rankings. Get a job in the art industry. Work my way up the hierarchy, and get noticed by others while I am at it. And from there, I start making personal artwork, and have a decently-sized audience to evaluate it. That sounds like a good plan, albeit a tad lofty.
After that hurdle, I still have to deal with the fact that I am pretty apathetic about stuff that does not have to do with my personal life. Since the people I know identify me as someone who tells stories about my life, it would be unnatural and fake if I suddenly started drawing stuff about global warming and animal rights. The solution to that may come easier than I anticipated. In my opinion, humanity sometimes gets a little tired from chasing their visions of a perfect future utopia. When that time comes, they will begin searching in their present lives for something that they can relate to. And then, maybe, just maybe, my personal life will pique the interest in the people who peek into it, and I will make my mark in the world that way.
Tiffany, it is nice to see such an optimistic outlook of humanity's future in a sea of pessimism and apathy. I certainly agree with you that despite all of the apocalyptic movies that are circulating around, we are actually still okay.
And yes, I, too am pretty satisfied with the way with the world is like right now. Improvements are welcome, but if five to ten years from now things are still pretty much the same, I wouldn't be too bothered by that either.
Shoot. I meant to reply to Tiffany C.'s entry, not mine. Mr. Feraco, can you delete or hide the response for me?
If we have a chance to build a world, we would definitely make the world not too extreme in many ways. If the world is “too happy” like Brave New World, people will lost the freedom and choices to be unhappy; if the world is “too sad” like 1984, people will deal with constant fear with limited freedom as well. So, in the world I created there will be happy, there will be sad, as long as everyone can have the individual rights and freedoms. The world will have the democracy and capitalism mix with a little bit of socialism. In other words, people can have freedom of doing whatever they want to do as long as they do not affect other people’s right. While rich people can still buy better products, everyone have the same healthcare, and retirement benefit. In terms of socialism, we will also try to make the poor or homeless “disappear” by giving the poor people enough benefits to maintain the minimum standard of living.
As much I think the world I create is great, I would still say that I prefer the world we have now. It almost has all the features we can possibly have, while it has things I never thought of. Although the world I created is unique, it is too idealistic in which some of the ideas cannot possibly work out. Unlike the world I created, the world we have now is not just stable, but also realistic, because it combines the hard work of genius people for decades. Like the creation of the constitution, the civil war, the great compromise. Many people have fought for freedom, stability, and human right for decades. Unlike my hypothetical world, it makes more sense and more like a great society we should have. The society is great in many ways, even though it has some draw backs, as future progresses, it will be better and better.
The future of the society will be great because of many people’s effort of making impact of the society. As part of the society, I will definitely actively to contribute to it. In the future, I will either be a physics teacher or an electrical engineer (or even both). If I become a physics teacher, I will try to teach people everything that physics can do, and make them to be interested in physics, because I believe that technology will play one of the largest roles in the future. As one of the most important subject which holds all the fundamental ideas for technology, physics will be one of the focuses of people. Therefore I will do whatever it takes to make people learn it, understand it, and love it. If I become an electrical engineer, I will try to design something that can actually help solving many of the difficult problems that we are facing today. I will design something like the most efficient solar panel to maintain the power to make an impact on society.
The future for everyone is unknown, so we tend to think hard on to actually find it out. My idea is somewhat different, I think that if we try hard on something we are interested in, the future will automatically falls in right order. I can just know what I will do. I like math and physics, so I work really hard on them. Consequently I will definitely try to find something that involves both, so, don’t be so frustrated about the future, because future is waiting for you to reach it. No matter what I do, and how my future will be, I will try my best to make the society better.
I dun think that it is possible to reach our full potentials because we can only become better but not the best. We learn everyday to improve and to gain more knowledge. At schools, we learn so we can prepare for colleges. At colleges, we learn so we can prepare to work in the future. In the future, we prepare for the future. We prepare day after day but what exactly are we preparing and learning for? We cannot ever find out that answer. I am pretty sure that by the time when I die, I would still be learning and not at my full potential. There would not be any time that I know everything and at my full potential because there are so many things to experience and learn. No matter how much time that we are given, we are never able to learn everything. Everything changes so fast and we must continuously learn so we are updated with the new things. The only way to never lose the potentials is to keep learning every day.
The country would look very different in five years or ten years and it is just like how the world now is so different than it is in five or ten years ago. Everything is changing at every second. Ten years from now, we would be in a world with more advanced technologies. The things that we do with our hands now would disappear and they are substituted with something else. Those new things probably do not even exist now. Driving a flying car is something that is not too far away. I think that humans do have the potential to make something that seems impossible now to possible. This is just like how internet is an illusion before but now, it is just something that is very common. I just think that it is very interesting to watch things change in a rapid way and we change to catch up with that.
When I come back for my reunions, I will be talking about how things are now. I will compare the difference from today and in the future. I would not know how good the future is if I do not look at the past and compare it. I think that it is very important to look back and see how we can make it this far. Without the past, there would be no present. Without the present, there would be no future. Without the future, there would be no today. Also, It is also very nice to look back and reminisce the past. I think that it would be fun to talk about how we look at the future in the class now with the old classmates and friends. I would definitely reread the blogs that I am writing now and compare the future that I think that it would with what the reality is.
I feel hopeful about the future because people always try their best to improve their life. I think that if we work hard together, we can definitely improve this world. No work can be done if we do not work together. As long as we are not giving up and always moving forward, we can always improve. Whether the improvement is small or not, it is still an improvement. In other words, we are still moving forward to the goal whether it is only one step or ten steps. The new technologies can definitely improve our life conditions and our life would be less inconvenient and better. Therefore, I am anxious to see the world improving little by little and happy to be part of the process of not only changing but improving.
Sometimes it feels like the world is going to stay the same way forever. Really, it feels like it has been the same ever since we were born, because we never notice things changing from day to day. I have always imagined our generation simply upholding the status quo, and maintaining the world our predecessors have given us. However, I've started to realize how wrong that is. In reality, we aren't simply maintaining what we were given; we are building upon it and creating a new and different world for the future. If I think of the world we lived in ten years ago and compare it to the world I live in now, I see that so much has changed. And ten years from now, the world will be just as different as it seems now.
In the short term, it seems like things are not going so great. The global economy is struggling. There are a number of natural disasters occurring around the world. There are some precarious international situations, like between North and South Korea, which the United States will surely be somehow involved in. But as bad as the short term seems, in the long run we will build the future by working to solve the current problems. That is how each generation builds a better world for the future. The many problems in our world today-and there are a lot of them-seem serious to us at the moment. Compared to those of the past hundreds or thousands of years, however, and they really show how far humanity has come.
Since the stone ages, humanity has always been moving in a positive direction. Advancements in technology and medical care may have slowed down or even stopped the development of mankind in a physical, evolutionary sense, but it does not mean we are nearing our full potential. Humanity's potential lies in technology and its ability to improve people's quality of life. MacBooks, iPods, DVDs, HDTVs-we didn't have those ten years ago, and might not have them ten years from now. The world is constantly changing as we try to improve on life. There is a reason why medical and technological careers are always growing: this is the way we have of trying to fulfill our potential and create a better world. In ten years, at our reunions, we will probably be talking about how much has changed, and what we have been doing since then, because we will all have had a part in some small way of building a new world.
What is our ultimate potential? Do we even have an ultimate potential? In my opinion, a world without suffering like that in Brave New World is humanity's goal. Luckily, I don't think that goal is truly reachable, and so as a whole humanity can continue to advance and improve life without ever taking away what makes us human. We will never lose our values and morals, though they may change, just because humanity is advancing. However, our lives and the lives of our children will be better off, and that is the best reason to be optimistic for the future.
The world is perfect the way it is. Its flaws complement its beauty. There is no way a world without problems. Prejudice will always exist; it is a survival mechanism that we’ve developed to keep ourselves safe. Depending on how someone caries themselves, we treat them differently.
Human beings are progressing forward and backwards; it’s like every step forward takes us a few steps back. As we make advancements in technology. We become more reliant on machines to do our work for us; and when the machine malfunctions, progress stops. As the digital age continues to expand; we’ll become more reliant on technologies for everyday activities. Recently there was a scientist who infected himself with a computer virus (I think he has an artificial arm and he infect the arm) and was able to move the virus from his hand to another computer.
I believe that nobody can truly reach their full potentials because there’s always room for improv
improvement. I suck at math; I decided not to take math this year because I didn’t want to go through the year worrying about the tests every few weeks. My potential in math has not (and probably never will) be realized.
As specie I think we’ve almost reached our full potential. Our specie seems to exist only to conquer. At first it was about land, but once that was over with we fight to conquer space and disease.
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It has been an incredible journey.
I have fought my demons and gargoyles, but this, right now, is a minor conflict. Now it is time for the real battle. It is time to join the rest of the world in a clash towards the future.
The future is not something that I like to think about. It freaks me out.
Today, I watched my sister clean out our study room. Hidden beneath all the clutter we found some treasures of our past. I watched as she threw all those treasures away.
It was intensely bittersweet.
I realized that five or ten years from now I will be doing the same thing, cleaning out the old and bringing in the new. All the things I throw out in the future will have sentimental value, and have awkward little tales behind them.
Why did I keep all those trinkets from long ago? Why do people keep things that no longer have any influence in their lives?
We want to be able to relive those moments. We want to remember.
Reunions are memories waiting to be recalled. When I come back for my reunion, I will probably spend a few minutes talking about what I have done recently, and spend the rest of the time poking around looking for people I can reminisce with.
Today, I sat in the car and wondered why everyone is always rushing towards tomorrow. I was being lectured about a deadline, and I just wanted everyone to shut up.
I know I will be lecturing my children the same way. It’s funny because I wouldn’t let my kids get away with any of the things I get away with these days. When my children are studying for MTSF I will be able to bug them about approaching deadlines.
“It is just around the corner! Get working!”
Maybe I will remember this little post, and dig it up from the dusty files of my computer.
I was talking to a friend and came to the conclusion that the things I write now may not sound as great tomorrow as they do today.
My writing styles may change. My voice may change.
Today, I watched as my mom criticized an old TV show that my grandmother would normally love to watch. I criticize the shows my mother watches too. I laughed at first but then I quickly wondered if my children would laugh at me too.
The future, I believe, will be very similar to the past.
The elderly will fall behind with the technological advances. There will be new products that people will be raving about. Parents will continue to annoy their children with the things that also used to annoy them.
When I think about the future…
I am worried?
Of course I am.
Do I feel conflicted?
At times I do.
Will I be pessimistic?
It seems like there is no helping the occasional slip of the mood.
Today, just like any other day, I thought about the future.
I know we all want to do it.
Let out your best battle cry.
Stacey, your entry really popped out among the other ones because of the format in which you wrote it. And when I took time to read it, I didn't regret it.
I love the way you integrated your personal experiences into it. Reading it is kind of like like a poem, except it isn't. The way you put only a few sentences in each paragraph, especially near the end, really amplifies the messages that you are trying to convey in each segment. Kudos to you for experimenting! C:
I never did realize but it is true that the future in many ways will be similar to the past. However, when I think about the future, I always dream and hope for maybe things just plain impossible. I actually have fun dreaming up what my ideal future would be like. However the fun is ruined when I finally realize that such a future cannot possibly happen. Then the battle cry starts: AHHHHHHHHHH!
I love how creative your piece is, especially the "Today, Today, Today" pattern. It almost seems like poetry. The ending was brilliant. 'Let out your best battle cry. AHHHH!" Reading your posts always make me smile because they are so energized or.. what's the word, enthusiastic? Well, don't worry too much about the future. I find life easier to live by if we just go with the flow and take one step at a time. Thinking of the future really does bother me occasionally so don't think about it and have fun. Carpe Diem!
What's funny is that I love to keep all my old things with me. I have this obsessive behavior that if my mom were to throw away one of my old materials I would go and dig through the trash can to retrieve it. I keep the old flip flops I used to wear in the old days that have torn and are not suitable for reusing with me because of the memories it carries. All the joy I had in the past, the places I went, and the fun I had with the friends I used to hang out with lies in dirtiness, the deep creases along the edges, and the beyond-repair look it has.
As many of the other commenters have already stated, this entry really stood out to me because of the format. It's short, simple and easy to read!
Throwing out things have never been easy for me. It wasn't until recently that i was able to begin tossing things out from elementary school. The ironic thing is that i have forgotten the meaning behind most of these objects that i have kept. I have forgotten, yet why did i still keep it? It's because of the fact it potentially meant something to me.
The way I look at it though is that i need to make room for a new me. In the way you can't fill a full cup, you can't gain more memories without tossing out a few.
I like how you went out of the norm to write this blog. We don't know what to expect from the future and all we can do is be prepared for anything that happens. It's always nice to look back and reminisce on the past and see how much we've changed since then. The way we think now will be different from the way we think in the future and it will be interesting to see how that goes.
Stacey, you always manage to engage me with your posts. Your writing style is so unique, and I hope it does change in the future: it would only add to your uniqueness. However, I fear the day I’ll have to keep my kids on track. I can barely keep my own life on track!
I’ve always been looking forward to the future just like I’m curious about anything unknown to me. Definitely the future is something can never be predicted perfectly, and that’s why it’s attracting me. In the future, there will surely be happy and depressing times and other elements composing a nice mixture of our lives. I believe the future holds fascinating things for us—regardless what will happen, we’ll be amazed, impressed and enlightened.
Overall, we human beings are moving toward a positive direction. From scientific views, today’s technology is greatly progressing, which is a good sign for our future standard of life. And all people of the world seem to be more morally refined and educated. There does exist some negative aspects of our current world, such as the economic recession, we are in huge debt, the world’s population is increasing too fast and humans are consuming too many resources, the environmental pollution is getting severe, and some countries are at war…but these are merely temporary issues that I firmly believe will get resolved in years. Nothing can truly stop human beings from progressing.
The only thing that bothers me is the inhumane deeds of some nations like North Korea, where the government totally controls its citizens and every single aspect of the nation. The residents there have few personal rights and could easily get shot. I’m worried about how those nations will be like in the future if they keep their politics that way. They probably will end up being the dystopian society presented in 1984. Generally speaking, I am optimistic about the future because we the humans are the only controller of the planet. Although I’m a huge fan of science fiction movies, there won’t be anything or any creature that’s destructive enough to exterminate us.
In the future, I will be a professional pharmacist devoting my life to trying to end people’s pain and physical suffering. I am sure that I can obtain that position and that’s why I just said it in a definite tone. I don’t expect myself to be immensely significant as a redeemer or the world’s richest person, but I will try my best to do things that are beneficial to the world. After becoming wealthy enough, I’ll establish my own charity enterprise to get help homeless kids, the disabled and the elderly. That has been my lifelong goal I set for myself since I was ten. Hopefully I will more or less be helpful in building a better world—as long as I participate and try hard, I’ll be satisfied with myself.
As I typed the phrases “people’s pain and physical suffering,” I suddenly thought of a most famous Chinese author and revolutionist Lu Xun and the reasons he abandoned his study in medicine and shifted to literature. After early years of studying traditional Chinese medicine, he outguessed the society and realized that, in order to truly cure a person, his/her mind, instead of his/her physical body, should firstly be cured. And that is the only way to save the nation during the final years of Qing Dynasty. According to Lu Xun, an alive but corrupt person does not need a medical treatment. So he decided to create and popularize his books and newspapers to the public, revealing the truth of the government to them, trying to enlighten the young and wake up the whole country. After a century, Chinese students are still reading his articles.
If I built the world, it would look so much better. I would definitely like the world I will build better than this one. The world I build will have a lot greens. If there are a lot of greens like trees, the air quality will be better than it is now. Everyone in the world should be environmentally friendly. There will be a big emphasis on recycling like recycling bottles, glass, paper, and etc. Paper should be reused so fewer trees will be cut down each year. I will encourage people to use reusable canvas bags so they do not have to use plastic bags. People need to conserve water to reduce the chance of having a drought. We should also use “greener” products like hybrid cars and conserve energy. As for the government, the same laws that we have today will apply to the world I build. The Constitution and laws are decent. The national security should be and will be better; crimes and accidents should be reduced.
In five or ten years, the country will look a little worse than today’s. The economy should be recovered by then and more people would have jobs. The people who are jobless now will not rely on the taxpayers for money. Some people in this world will not change and continue not to be environmentally friendly and save the world. When I come back for my reunion, I will talk about Lakers domination. Lakers defend their champion title and win consecutive seasons. In five or ten years, Kobe Bryant will retire and he will be a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame. The National Basketball Association will also retire Kobe Bryant’s number. I will also talk about what I have been doing for the past few years. When my children finish studying Myth to Science Fiction and graduate from Arcadia High, the world will be more technologically advanced.
Our future can go either way. The economy will definitely be better in the future. It takes time to revive our economy and cut down our national debt. Until the big earthquake that was predicted to happen occurs, our future will be okay. Once that earthquake occurs, California will be different. California might be detached from the United States like Hawaii and Alaska. Money and medical assistance is mandatory for the people to survive. The money can be used to rebuild buildings, skyscrapers, homes, restaurants and etc. Medical assistance Is obviously needed to cure cold, fever, diseases, and cancer. Economy wise, I am not very concerned but residence wise, I would be. A lot of people will die if the high magnitude earthquake hits California including me (possibly). Everything I say can be ignored if you believe that this world will come to an end in 2012. The big question is do you believe that the world will end 2012?
I will definitely be apart of the future. I am planning to go into the medical field and become a nurse. No matter how this world changes, for good or for bad, people and animals will be sick at times and need medical assistance. Doctors, nurses, and veterinarians will always be needed in this world. Teachers will also play a big role in the world because every child needs to be educated or should be educated. I will help us build a better world by being a travel nurse. I will travel around the travel and offer my medical assistance to many different countries like Africa, China, and etc. I will also go around the world and encourage people to recycle and conserve water and energy.
In the future, we would not build a better world, but we would build better worlds. Because of our progress into technology, our world is environmentally depleting. Although we are moving into a greener motion, with recycling and hybrid creations in motor vehicles, we are only forestalling our inevitable doom. By then, we would be able to make the moon inhabitable and eventually other planets. That way, we would not have to worry about over population, and exponential environmental damage. Moreover, I would prefer the future worlds because, proactively thinking, the future world/s far outstrips the current ones. It is safer, better, and most likely, more comfortable.
In about five to ten years, I believe that he country would look like it would be rising after having come out of the current economic recession. Moreover, we would all be driving motor vehicles that, at minimum, would be driving at 35 miles per hour. When I come back for my reunions, the first thing I would do is find Feraco and see how he has progressed throughout the years. When at my reunions, I would be recanting about the past with my fellow ex classmates and compare the past (which is now) with the present (which would be the future). By the time my children graduate from Arcadia High, if I send them there in the future, we would be living in a world similar to the one already stated, mixed with that of the Jetsons.
In nature, there is never a cap to potential, for what ever progress made, there is a new problem yet to be solved. Just like evolution, when we solve one problem another one would arise. For example, modern medicine has evolved to solve Yellow Fever, polio, smallpox. However, new epidemics such as cancer and AIDS have arisen. I think that humanity would never reach its highest potential because there is no limit to be reached. Near the end of my lifetime, our potential would be at the standard of the Jetsons. Cancer and AIDs would be cured, but new epidemics such as altitude poisoning, or solar-itis may arise.
In our future, I would contribute to the well being of people’s health. As a doctor, type still undecided, I would be able to help save the world, one person at a time. By working in a hospital I would be able to interact with plenty of people, and influence their lives in some way. Also, on the bonus side, I would be making a ton of money as a doctor and be able to share some of it with society in donations. For example, our cross country team is in dire need of sponsoring, therefore, when I make a good load of money, I can sponsor our team to be able to attend different meets without having to have the athletes to suffer and fund raise.
I like how you're thinking outside the world. You imagine a very fast-paced, modern world. Also, I like you you observed the real-world problems that might be solved in the future. Your optimistic approach interests me.
I like how you compare things and with the topic. The Jetson's example was especially amusing because I also remember that show from my childhood. I also think that becoming a doctor to help others is a great thing which has a lot of influence. Good luck on your future career!
To me, there is no mere elementary wholesome concept of the “better world”, beside s the utopia that we all commonly tend to visualize, which in theory sounds flawless, but in reality, unable to properly structure without sacrificing some essential part of humanity itself. Sadly, the idea of utopia subsequently tends to fall upon thinly on the scale of dystopia, rather the absolute opposite of what we have aspired for. Humans have long since attempted to create the “perfect” world, faultless and outright equality, the epitome of humanity’s peak maintained continually without any gaps left open for the slightest blunder, the idea that we are living at the utmost potential available without the sacrifice we must usually face when in sheer delusion. I feel that if we allowed things to be simpler and unadultered; if we stopped pushing and acting upon the belief of how the world should be and let it be, the world might actually be a more sophisticated and beautiful place. Sometimes, maybe the most beautiful world is something pure, left unconditionally alone.
As we continually surpass our previous generation in terms of human advancement, ironically, at the same time, we are losing more of the freedom that defines our particular species so specially. We are constantly moving blindly ahead successfully, but our comprehension of the world is still immobilized at the degree it was at, unable to stay on par with the universe. For that, our human populate is corrupted with ignorance and amoral beliefs, of controversies and disputes, that very taste despicably expanding further as our generation advances. I personally am indifferent about the future; I realize that the universe would progress with or without myself, and that the only available choice is to patiently watch its alteration through the sidelines, helpless to do anything.
I believe that the growth of humanity is limitless, something that is not able to be scaled by such capacity as something called potential, but instead something unfathomable; an boundary we would always be attempting to reach, only to see it extended afresh the moment it creeps within our grasps. To reach our potential would mean that we would have a permanent blockade to our future, destroying humanity’s main motivations and meanings. We would forever chase it, blindly and desperately, until we lose all reason of intent to discover out motives in life or our human race is extinguished. Our ultimate potential probably is to unravel all the mysteries existing in our world, including but not limited to things such as the meaning of our lives as well as the aftermath of life after death.
People believe that we will all contribute to the society in a singular independent way, possessing the influence to be an actual “part” of the future. I think that is the optimistic yet wistful vision we put upon ourselves as standards that is expected in today’s society. From the beginning, our elders have pressured upon us that we each play a key point in the world’s growth that we could and are able to make a difference. The key word is we all have a chance, we all “could” but only a handful of us are truly able to accomplish such authority and dent the world individually. But individually, I think we lack power required to do something significant and momentous. One ant alone is unable to dissolve a simple core of an apple proficiently, but a colony of ants is able to, with a drastic display of efficiency and speed incomparable to the weak, mild effort of the single ant. We are but ants to the world, as real ants are to us; we are immersed in our lives, oblivious to any outside nature we are unaware of, and can be crushed quite easily. We are the ants, and the world is the core, but aside from that, there are other ants on the frontlines competing for that same apple core, vigorously targeting it, the fundamentals of “survival of the fittest” at its very best.
History has repeatedly shown that with advancing technology, our lives have drastically improved. From the first creation of the assembly line to overcoming worldwide epidemics, these progressions have only aided us with tips of survival and productivity. Even the development of nuclear weapons could be considered as growth- with a more negative connotation of course. However, as we strive to improve ourselves, we have lost sight of life’s simple nature and as for our future, I don’t see much reversing in that; I don’t see giving up war as an option as not only will there still be fear and instability, but also because it plays a big part in economically rebounding from times of recessions. I don’t see the abolishment of poverty and neither unemployment rates as we need both to have an “equal” class system in society. I don’t see many politicians giving up their self interests in profiting and actually completing their many promises made before reelection. I don’t see the world destroying buildings to plant trees in supporting a more environmentally friendly planet. In a pessimistic sense, I foresee what Pixar has warned us with the movie Wall-e, our own self destruction through our intentions to advance.
I do feel worried for our future, but that doesn’t mean all of humanity will soon be lost. As there is bad, there is also good; were more environmentally aware than we used to be and a lot more people recycle. We donate, invest, save more than we have in the past and politically, at least the government addresses our problems rather than ignore them. The solution in further defeating our imperfections lie in the way we have to stop making excuses for our greed. As Americans, we have the stereotypical image of being obnoxiously selfish. Not surprising as this is a nation built off of opportunity. People come here to make something of themselves and if ambition is considered greedy, than so is perseverance and hard work. However, we do need to realize that the future of the generations to come is at stake for we have sacrificed much in getting here. With technology and advancements, we have surrendered the innocence of a simple life. The future generations will have to deal with this and figure out a way to live up to our striving intentions without overdoing it. However worried I am, I also am optimistic; humanity has always found a way to bounce back from their mistakes and just as our economy is destined to rise as it falls, we will too.
Economically speaking, in five to ten years, our country may reach the worst it has been since the Great Depression. Economists like Warren Buffett though, have a more positive outlook, warning us now that we have to change our attitudes if we want to see our nation head in the opposite direction. As everyone else in my generation, I’m hoping people will listen to Buffett as I’m starting my career sometime within the next five to ten years- I don’t want to pay thousands of dollars for a degree and end up jobless. I’ll keep persevering and doing what I need to do so that when our nation once again prospers, I’ll be able to look back with dignity knowing that I have contributed to its outcome. At our high school reunions, I want to be able to talk about all that has changed, reminisce on the hopes and worries we had when we were young and speak of how we dealt with them. I won’t be the one to sit back and listen in envy as I want to be able to proudly announce and almost boast of all that I have accomplished. When my children have finished high school, I want them to know more than what I know now; heading to college confidently with the support of a renewed expanding economy.
Its one thing to speak of succeeding but another to actually have it all planned out. Chances are I won’t have an impact in our world as I’m one out of millions of aspiring individuals. But like a ripple in the sand, I’ll have an influence of some sort. Nevertheless, I can’t build a better world without first building a better me. The only for sure solid plan I have so far is: education, occupation, and then donations. Educate as in pursue enlightenment in the variety of fields I wish to pursue, despite financial restrictions. I’ll somehow figure money out through part time jobs as experience is another thing I must gain. It’ll ultimately contribute to my preparation in obtaining a career that’s suits my desires. Only then, when I have a me that satisfies my standards of today will I be able to aid others in the way of donations and maybe even teaching the knowledge I have acquired through my travels.
+ What will the better world look like if we build it...and would you like it better than this one?
A “better world” would be nothing like that in Brave New World or 1984. If there’s one thing I learned in high school, it’s that you can’t make everybody happy at the same time. There is absolutely no way to solve all of the world’s economic problems, but we can work to combat some more concentrated problems such as poverty and authoritarian governments. The fact of the matter is that a better world would still be a bad world, just, well, better. We could help end human rights violations and stop the increasingly serious problem of disease. Of course I want a better world, but a better world from my perspective and a better world from someone else’s perspective differ. The typical “better world” is if everybody shared your world view. However, I just want people to understand where people like me are coming from. Overall, this world needs more understanding and less hate. If we tolerate other people more, this world would be a more friendly place.
+ What will the country look like in five or ten years? What will you be talking about when you come back for your reunions? What about when your children finish studying Myth to Science Fiction and graduate from Arcadia High?
The country will be in financial turmoil within the decade. Considering the fact that we are already over $9 trillion in debt, I would say that “financial turmoil” is an understatement. When we come back for our reunion(s), we will probably discuss old times. Several teachers might even still be teaching at AHS upon our return. We will probably reminisce about the occurrences that happened during our years here. Of course, we will come back with our jobs and wives, trophies of what we have accomplished in life (not in a bad way- I mean personality).
+ What do you think the future holds for us? Are we moving in a positive direction as human beings, or sliding backwards? Do you feel hopeful about the future? Worried? Conflicted? Pessimistic?
I am rather pessimistic about the future. Humans are becoming like the people in Brave New World; instant gratification makes us happy. Whether it is sex, video games, or violence, we are reaching the point where we can become satisfied almost instantaneously if we wish. However, our natural tendencies usually make us act upon sinful desires, which is a bad thing. Technologically, we are moving forward. If someone from the 1800s saw an iPad, they’d have their minds blown away. On the other hand, if that same person saw the way our kids dance at dances, they would be equally amazed (except in a negative way this time). We are losing our social morals and standards while increasing our intelligence. In once sense, it is an ironic moonwalk- gaining knowledge and losing wisdom.
+ How will you be part of our future? How will you help us build a better world?
In my future, I hope to be a successful veterinarian and help people and their pets. Although I will not singlehandedly end world starvation or anything, I will make the world a better place this way. Perhaps I can influence people to be nicer with the way I interact with them.
Gabriel, your response to the first question intrigues me. Among the myriads of other entries that focus on humanity's downfall because of the pursuit of happiness, I find your opinion refreshing because it relates to our situation.
It is true that no matter what, there will be people unsatisfied with their positions in life. And yes, we are trying to improve humanity. It is not through technology and science primarily, though; such changes are too radical for people to accept. When we change, it is through little things like higher tolerance and understanding of one another.
I completely agree with you Gabe. I also wrote about understanding in my blog post. If everyone really just understood each other, there would be no problems. Perhaps we shouldn’t have built the tower of Babel after all…
In order to build a better world, it would have less disease and terrorism. Less disease would mean spending more time with our loved ones. Less terrorism would mean having sane people to share our memories with. There is always room for improvement, but there will never be a perfect world because the perfection leads to imperfection. As humans, we want to better ourselves because that gives us a purpose and make a difference in the world today. However, there is no end in improving one's well-being since it is a never-ending process. I would definitely like to see a better world than the one I am living in today because I want to seek improvement and be satisfied with it.
When I come back for my reunions, I will definitely look back at how much I have grown as a person and the memories I have shared with my friends and family. I will probably look back at all the petty fights I had with my friends and realize that that was pointless. The problems I have now will seem meaningless in the future because there are more serious issues to be dealt with in the future. I hope that when my children finish studying Myth to Science Fiction, they will venture out in the real world and accomplish greater things than I had done before. We want to see progress in the future generations. We want to know that human beings are capable of reaching their full potential. The sky is the limit and there will always be room for everyone to grow in his or her own ways.
The future holds great things for us as long as we are ambitious and driven in what we do. We are definitely moving in a positive direction as human beings. The real world is getting more and more competitive as people are becoming more driven. As the technology is advancing, people are reaching their full potential and making something out of themselves. Honestly, I am more worried than hopeful about my future. I'm uncertain whether I am capable of accomplishing great things or whether I will find my passion in what I do in life. Anything can happen when you least expect it and as for myself, I need to be prepared for this.
Humanity will never reach its fullest potential because it is a never-ending journey for us. We want to make a difference in this world and have that feeling of satisfaction that we have a purpose. We want to look back twenty years from now and see how our world has changed for the better. It gives us a warm feeling knowing that humanity is capable of doing great things in life. As for myself, I will build a better world by putting my best effort when I go to college and also finding more about myself. Trying to improve one's well-being and helping people are a part of building a better world. Not only is reaching one's full potential important, but helping others reach their full potential is just as essential.
I would definitely like the world a lot more if we were to build it ourselves. Right now, I feel like I am still at that age where I do not have much influence. I still go to school, do not have a full time job yet, and have not voted yet. Hopefully the future that my generation builds would look a lot better than the world we live in now. I am not saying that the society we live in now is horrible, it is just that there is certainly room for improvement and change. Thinking about the future and what it holds does seem exciting because of the possibilities.
In five or ten years, the country would probably look the same. The only change would be that technology would have advanced a bit more. Maybe everybody will have phones that are touch screen and able to access the internet. There is also the possibility that a lot of items used in the house would be fully run by computer. Maybe finally flying cars? When I come back to my reunions, I would like to be talking about what I have accomplished in the five to ten years after high school. We would talk about topics such as our occupations, family, and experiences. Those stories would definitely be interesting because a person would get to see how a person they knew had chosen to walk their life after they split. If it is ten years after high school, I would definitely like to be married and have kids by then. When my children take Myth to Science Fiction at Arcadia High and graduate, I would only be forty and they would be thirteen because my children will be smart enough to skip a few grades. Just kidding. I in reality, I think it would be an amazing experience if in twenty plus years, I am sitting in Santa Anita Race Track watching my kids get diplomas. Although I think it would be cool to stay in Arcadia because I grew up here, I see it unlikely that I will.
Whenever people imagine future, the first thing they will imagine is technology and they picture how advanced our society would be. Flying cars, everything touch screen, and even living on other planets would usually be the first things that comes to a person’s mind. I am pessimistic about the future because I believe mankind is good. Although the U.S. is currently not doing so well, I do hope that a recession like this will never happen again because they would have learned from their mistakes. In the future, I also hope that there will be no war and people would be able to live healthier lives. Right now, the pollution is really bad in certain areas and there is also the issue of global warming. The main reason why I want the future to be bright is because I want my children, grandchildren, and so on, to live better lives.
I believe that we are not anywhere near what we are able to do with our full potential. In the future, if we are advanced enough to each have our own jetpacks and go to school in the sky, I seriously would not be surprised. Humanity will not be able to reach it in our lifetime or the next. I am not quite sure what our “ultimate potential” is because I think human potential is practically limitless.
Interesting point you have, that we are too young to change the world. You are very realistic about the future, I doubt the flying cars though No war is a good, but somewhat unrealistic goal since there is so much hate. I especially like your optimism at the end: "human potential is practically limitless".
I believe that humanity is progressing into a brighter, better future. From reading the blogs, I can see that many students have been heavily influenced by the pessimistic worlds; however, I disagree with the future Huxley depicts in Brave New World. We are slaves to technology only if we allow technology to take advantage of us. Technology is able to make our lives more convenient and more bearable. Fifty years ago, the computer did not exist. We had to keep everyone’s information in folders. Nowadays, with the internet, if someone is sick, a doctor is able to pull his or her medical information instantly from the internet. In the past, the doctors had to wait for a person to deliver his or her patient’s medical information. With the ability to instantly attain a patient’s medical records, we increase the possibility of saving that patient’s life. The fear of technology is that we may lose our individual identity because we allow technology to control our lives. However, technology has made life more convenient. When flying was once thought to be impossible, we are now able to fly anywhere around the world. We no longer have to use bicycles or carriages as a means of transportation, but now we have cars because it is more efficient. What about the pollution these vehicles emit? It is called hybrid technology, where cars run on battery powered engines rather than diesel or fossil fuel. However, this technology was only achieved through the use of technology. Then there is the argument of the circle of life. My friend argued that medical advancement is unnecessary, because like all living things, it is inevitable that we will all die. So what is the point? During the 20th century, smallpox was responsible for more than 500 million deaths. Towards the end of the 18th century, approximately 400,000 Europeans were killed due to smallpox; however, through determination and with the use of the growing technology, the World Health Organization was able to eradicate smallpox. 18th century scientist could not find a cure for smallpox because the technology to due so did not exist. If the future Orwell and Huxley portray in their novels is true, then we, as a civilization, are doomed to an unfortunate demise.
It was really interesting how you incorporated Huxley and Orwell into your blog. I agree with your view of how "we are slaves to technology only if we allow technology to take advantage of us" because I believe if we can create something, we can also destroy it. I also agree with how technology is only suppose to make our lives more "convenient". Computers are certainly a great assesst to our society today.
Wow..you are so optimistic. "I disagree with the future Huxley depicts in Brave New World. We are slaves to technology only if we allow technology to take advantage of us. " Unfortunately, as I observe, we ALREADY allowed technology to take advantage of us. All the people I know are surprised that I don't have a cell phone: they claim that they can't live without it. The first thing that the teenagers do when they get home is boot up the computer. We are already slaves to technology, and there is no going back.
What will the country look like? That's a heavy loaded question right there. You are asking me to play fortune teller; a situation I am not comfortable being in. But, for the sake of this blog, I will attempt to play the part. Seeing into my crystal ball of the United States, I see a new era of economic prosperity. The recession will have been over with, thank God, and the world has already begun to address the important problems of our time. Such as, global warming, financial regulation, global terrorism, poverty, and hunger, to name a few. When we come back five to ten years from now, the world will have become a different place. Technology will have rapidly advanced, and Microsoft will have completely obliterated Apple from existence, just kidding. On a more serious not, we will be discussing what we have been doing with our lives. The things we have done to help lead our country into the future.
When I see my children going to school, I do not envision them taking 5 billion AP classes. If they want to do that I'm fine with that. =D. With my children, I would take on an involved role in their education. The term that describes it best would be concerted cultivation. I would actively participate in my child's schooling, but not to the point where I am arguing with teachers on behalf of my child. I would like to do this because I want to give them what I never had. I want to be to support my child and be connected with them. With my parents, it was difficult because of a divorce, and because of the fact that my mom spends most of her spare time at work. She never seems to have enough time to worry about my schooling.
In my magic crystal ball, I see a future that points in a positive direction. I feel hopeful about the future because I like to see the best that man kind has to offer. Moving forward is the only way I see us going. It may seem like that so many horrible things in the world are going wrong because that is all the media focuses on. Focusing on the bad stuff is the easiest way to get hits, more views, or better ratings. All the attention is set on these few bad apples, and as a result, many are lead to believe that everything is relatively bad. In actuality, the bad apples in a very few numbers, and the good ones are the majority. We are moving in a forward direction because of these good apples. They may not get the attention, but they are the ones driving us towards the heavens.
I think this excerpt from a great artist's song really summarizes how I feel about the future.
So I'm Driftin Away Like A Feather In Air
Lettin My Soul Take Me Away From The Hurt And Despair
So I'm Keepin It Vertical Forever Elevator
Ridin The Escalator To The Somethin That Is Greater
- Nujabes RIP
I'm glad that you're going to be active with your children's education because they are the future as well! As each year passes, hopefully each generation will progress with greater intelligence. I love the fact that you incorporated Nujabe's song into what you you think the future holds because those lyrics play a clear cut vision to what I think the future will look like as well!
As human beings, young or old, we take part in building the world. We are a part of society. In the current world we live in, I am comfortable and happy, content with my surroundings. Life is undoubtedly simpler than it was fifty years ago and much more efficient; everything is easier. In my grandmother's time, it would have been impossible to imagine a world such as the one we live in today, where there exists indoor plumbing, electricity, hot water at the twist of a shower knob. To have so much truly makes it difficult to wish or seek for more. After all, if one was content with their life, why would one seek to change, to improve their condition? Could a drive to achieve more exist under those circumstances? Motivation and determination only appear when one is unsatisfied with their present situation. I do not wish for a better world because I am happy with the way I live now.
However, if I were to build a better world I would want to create one similar to the customs in Japan. There, serious crimes are rare. Theft and murders do not happen as frequently as in America and the streets are impossibly clean. Japanese culture as a whole, is a very polite, obedient, and respectful one. I would wish for the world to adopt an attitude similar to theirs. It would also be nice if we could rid the world of starvation, torture, and cruelty. I want a world where mothers and fathers do not abandon or abuse their children, a world where parents cherish and shower endless affections towards their young. I wish to build a world full of happiness and contentment. Before, I would have also wished for a world without suffering, but if I have learned anything in the past four months of Mr.Feraco's class, it would be that without suffering, there is no compassion nor can there be a true understanding of what happiness is for there would be no basis for comparison. It is like the philosophical arguments all over again. If "bad" does not exist, how do we know what is "good"? And even if we are able to differentiate what is "good", we will still never be able to truly appreciate it.
In five or ten years, I expect the country to still look similar to how it looks today. Aside from technological advances, and the fact that our president would be different, everything else would probably stay the same. My surroundings will not have changed, but I believe I, myself will have. Opinions and perspectives of certain matters will be more thoroughly reviewed from all angles and my maturity will have grown a good amount. I do not plan on coming back for a reunion, but I suppose if I did attend one, women around the ages of 23 to 28 would be discussing or comparing their husbands and occupations; more so, how successful they are and how much they have changed over the course of a decade. One can only wait and follow the flow of the river.
The future only holds great things for us. An extremely optimistic person, I cannot fathom how it would be possible to move or slide backwards as human beings. In the movie theaters, there are often showings such as The Matrix, Terminator, The Day After Tomorrow; movies of how humanity will come to an end due to greed, technological advancements, human diseases, or the destructions of the environment. Yet, I believe we will only continue to improve and bring new creations to the world. Things will only become more and more efficient, though not at the cost of losing what is most important to us: art, science, religion, beauty, there will always be lovers of the arts who value humanity above all else. Because we have the power to create objects, it would only make sense for us to have the power to destroy them as well; thus, we can never fall to machinery or artificial intelligence. I feel hopeful about the future because I know there will be better, many more exciting things to come. Perhaps, I could encounter flying cars or time travel one day. How wonderful would it be if people of the future time traveled throughout the ages or flew at the speed of light to different galaxies for Christmas vacation instead of simply touring Europe or Asia? The possibilities are endless and my positive outlook upon the unknown only helps me sleep more comfortably at night knowing humanity is safe.
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Tiffany, it is nice to see such an optimistic outlook of humanity's future in a sea of pessimism and apathy. I certainly agree with you that despite all of the apocalyptic movies that are circulating around, we are actually still okay.
And yes, I, too am pretty satisfied with the way with the world is like right now. Improvements are welcome, but if five to ten years from now things are still pretty much the same, I wouldn't be too bothered by that either.
Sometimes I hope that our future would be more environmental and not overpopulated with cars, skyscrapers, and so on. Yet, I can’t imagine a world like that. The only future I can imagine now is one that is filled with factories and companies—a totally industrialized world. Technology will be the source that keeps us living, not the plants and animals. But even though, people advance in technology, I feel that we lower our development as humans. We lose our values and natural instincts such as survival, familial relationships, and independence. Therefore, I see our future moving in a negative direction as human beings even though our lives are improving.
Then again, the current lifestyle we live makes me believe that our world is going to end by 2012. We are destroying our homes because people are too lazy and uninformed about the environment. We consume too much of our resources. We waste them and thus, produce large amounts of garbage per day. We then bury our trash beneath the grounds in landfills that are filling up too quickly. Our dependence on fossil fuels (mostly transportation) is producing vast amounts of CO2 that contributes to our pollution and global warming. There’s proof that our world is dying. But not a lot of people care enough to do something about it, especially since people are more interested in entertainment (mass media) than our future, our homes, and our lives.
However, I am hopeful about the future. There are still good people in the world who cares about our planet and our humanity. It’s not too late to change our way of life as long as more people are getting involved in sustainable communities. Our advancement in technology could also help doctors develop cures for fatal diseases. Technology could also help us develop new and efficient systems that can substitute old ones that are not good for the environment. For example, many countries are relying on wind and solar energy to power their homes, school, and buildings. People just need to set their priorities straight. I understand that there will be certain sacrifices we need to make in order to make our world better, but its well worth it.
I will be part of our future by taking small steps to help the world. I want to find a job where I can help people. I want to live a sustainable lifestyle to help the environment. And I want to earn enough money to donate to charity and invest in medical researches and programs. But, I have to start off in small steps. Even recycling and donating as little as one dollar will help the world in some way. For now, I want to focus more on helping my community, and maybe then, I can change the world.
I share the same belief as you about the technology- oriented future that lies ahead. I wish that someone would invent a vehicle that can replace the inefficiency of cars and replace it with a vehicle that uses solar power as a source of gas. The problems that you have listen such as overpopulation and pollution is a serious problem that should be resolved immediately with replacements of factories and better cars( in terms of using a different source of energy to power the vehicle). I also realize how we once depended on nature and animals to keep us living and how now we rely on technology.
The future holds a matrix-like world where everybody can do anything they’ve ever wanted, without the actual effort to do it. Our continual progress towards making everything convenient is both society’s blessing and curse. Society today advances so rapidly that new technologies are popping out left and right. Ipads, electric powered cars, and computer automated whiteboards are all being integrated into our lives. Soon, our desire of experiencing the unthinkable will eventually lead us into creating a matrix world, where people can live life to the fullest in a pixilated world. This will bring dreams and desired material possessions available for people who, in the real world, had no chance of grasping. Although technological advances may seem favorable, it does come with its drawbacks: Laziness. Laziness seems to have become this generation’s key trait, as numerous tasks that we tackle are completed with the click of a button. I, for example, have had my microwave removed from my house for a few years now. At the start, I thought I would not last a week without it because I frequently ate frozen foods that required the microwave to prepare. The convenient few seconds and minutes that the microwave gave me was an addiction I had become used to. After a few weeks, months, it became less and less of a burden for me, as I adapted to using a toaster as an alternative. The point is: I survived. Innovations that make life quicker and more efficient can ultimately make us dependent and lazy. If society wants to keep moving forward in a positive direction even as technologies advance, we need to be shaken up to realize our dependency on technology, and pick up the slack.
I think in 10 years, the country will be fairly similar to today’s society: country plagued with national debt, electric cars everywhere, the war on Iraq still in progress, and schooling through computers. Progress takes sometime, and will eventually change how we live our daily lives. When I come back for my high school reuinion, I think I will talk about my journey in the medical field, what I plan to add to society in the next years. I will have experienced and overcome obstacles and have valuable wisdom to share with others as well as an ear to hear other people’s challenges. When my children finish studying Myth to Science Fiction and graduate from Arcadia High, I think it will be not a highly regarded achievement because masters degrees and higher levels of education are becoming vital. I think that when my children graduate, it will be a nostalgic remembrance of my own time at Arcadia High school and that I’m old already!
My view of the future remains pessimistic: there are just too many negative factors in the world. Taking all the world events into consideration, the world is defiantly on its path to destruction. We continue to destroy nature and consume resources carelessly even though we’ve seen the consequences. The unusual climates are a sure sign of destruction: from huge hurricanes to gigantic earthquakes that kill tens of thousands of people around the globe. Even though people in America have seen the harsh consequences of their actions, America showed no sign of improvement and remained the most wasteful nation in the world. Every day during lunch, I see people wasting precious food and water at a gigantic scale: most people don’t finish their lunch and just throw away the left over. As these people grow up, they are unlikely to change and will continue to waste resources. As the resources of the globe run out, America will start a war on other nations to gather more resources for its wasteful people. If we don’t do something about this, the destruction of the world is only a matter of time.
After reading Brave New World, the idea of creating a world state fascinates me. If there is only one nation in the world, there will be no wars, no conflicts, and there will be forever peace. I will strive to create a world state that will all the nations in the world to form a single society that works to improve the world. Of course, one may argue that a dictator may emerge from this kind of system, resulting in a regime that will be undefeatable, and dictators tend to abuse their powers. But consider this, if I am the world controller, why should I be worry about this? If I am the dictator myself, that won’t be an issue. Being the supreme ruler of the world, I will shape mankind’s future to fit my view of the world.
There are changes in our everyday life. Every decision we make affects the future in some aspect or another. Therefore predicting the future’s success is highly inaccurate. The world’s state is influenced by the people’s reactions and decisions. Since people have complex emotions and personalities, predicting the future is hard. People never seem to abide by their own personal thoughts or even express themselves truly on a daily basis. What we see on the outside, may not be the person they are on the inside. In other words, we can expect certain people to be nice and kind, but secretively they’re not. A negative way to view humanity, but no one is predictable. Having a “better” future would really depend on the society itself. The people have the complete control of the future.
Experiencing change outside the boundaries of the United States really made me appreciate the life I live. Over the period of a month, I experienced the poor neighborhood/ farm in China that my parents were raised in. With barely any technology, people were still living there with a smile on their face. Their lives are simple; plant, harvest, and hope for the best. Accomplishments were way simpler than what I consider accomplishments. I was surprised. I never thought that people were still living in these certain conditions. But what struck me most, was the fact that my parents overcame this lifestyle and in my opinion became heroes.
All it took was just to stand in the middle of the farm and look out into the horizon. Acres and acres of land filled with vegetables and fruits. It was an amazing experience that actually made me happy. It was really exciting to see the lives of other people and was entertaining to hear my parents reminiscing about their childhood. It wasn’t the usual “when I was your age…” lecture, rather it was hands-on and right in front of me; a history lesson outside the classroom walls. Surprisingly, I had a hard time saying good-bye to the new world I had experienced. It was simple and my life in Arcadia wasn’t.
As for my goals in the future, one word would basically summarize it all, influence. Whatever career I decide to choose, I know it has to be one that people will remember me for. The fact that I want to make a mark on society makes me motivated to reach that goal even if it seems impossible. I look at my parents past and their accomplishments. Their actions really made the impossible seem possible. From being a farmer boy, to a business man, my father has changed a lot. His hard work and determination indirectly motivates me to become somebody as well. He was willing to take risks and ignored his fears. He had a dream and although he may not see it, but he basically is living that dream. I want to have a legacy that is special to me. I can’t be afraid of the future, rather I must embrace it.
Your view is very interesting. So you believe in cause and effect? It makes perfect sense: what people do will directly affect the outcome and the future. When people do bad things, the future will be bad. Unfortunately, people failed to see this, and continue doing bad things, being unaware of the outcome.
From what I have been witnessing currently, I predict that the future will be technologically oriented. It is only a matter of time before people make walking an obsolete activity; instead, why not fly? Throughout the years, new inventions and scientific advancements have allowed people to progress and make the world more convenient. For instance, cloning has become a technique that people have adopted to cure diseases. By inserting human genes to animals and cloning them, people will be able to have organs available to them. In the past, walking and bilking were the means of transportation. Currently, transportation comes in forms of cars, buses, and metros. In the future, I can envision the ability to travel through tubes to arrive at our destination or by teleportation.
The problems that we encounter today from global warming to overpopulation and to the increasing numbers of diabetic people contribute to why I believe that we are retrogressing. As we can see today, the amount of carbon dioxide that is emitted from the trillions of cars on earth and the large quantities of harmful gas released to the air from factories have caused an imbalance within the ecosystem as more species are becoming extinct. In addition, as the population continues to proliferate, there will be less space on earth to accommodate the increasing population and the depleting resources will be unable to satisfy such a large nation. Furthermore, the United States have been nicknamed “fat nation” as more people become obese and diagnosed with heart disease. All these new problems have arisen and although we have attempted to solve these issues, the end result is not favorable. However, even with all these fail attempts, I still believe that there is always room to improve and that there is always a solution to a problem. Life is full of surprises; for all I know, brilliant people in the near future will be able to solve all these issues.
Because of my interest in the science field, I want to be that one person who invents something that can impact the world in a positive way. I want to find that solution to all the worldly problems. I want to that person in which life prolongs itself because of my invention. I want to be able to preserve what we still have and carry it with us to the future. At the same time, I want to be that person in the hospital, frantically saving a patients life as blood spews out of their body. I want to be able to impact a person. To tie it all together, I want to help the world become better than before by discovering new discoveries or helping and teaching someone to do good to the world. I want to magnify to the world the importance of reusing and recycling as the sources continue to deplete.
Therefore, how does being able to impact people helpful in building a better future? I believe a better future depends on the environment we are living in. Just by impacting one person, it makes a huge difference on earth. It would be one less person trashing the earth and wasting resources. It would be one less person harming the earth and wearing it down. It will be one more person saving the earth and making it a better and cleaner place to live on. Just by impacting that one person make the biggest difference in helping to build that better world.
It's really nice to know that someone is voicing out the environmental damages that technology has created, and wanting to resolve that problem so we can still live in harmony. You have a very optimistic view about this, which I applaud even more. People often say, "oh, I'm just one in a billion, so what I do don't matter." But it really does matter. If everyone thought he or she is not significant, then we will just continue destroying our own habitat. Whereas if each one of us orient our mentality into thinking that what I do, no matter how small the effect, is still positively contributing to the cause, then our goals will be achieved.
I think I will just be a person who will fulfill the tasks needed from others and provide services for people. Honestly, I do not believe that I would have enough talent or power to build a better world however I might be able to contribute to people that are trying to fulfill their goals. You need a huge group of people to make something possible on a political level and sometimes people will look down on you because your beliefs are not the same as theirs. It always happens and their level of motivation will go down. Unless you have the skills to lead a group to change something, I think it is ultimately impossible for one to build a better world without any risks.
In my point of view, fulfilling ones potential is something that could never be done. I doubt anyone would be able to find out their full potential without actually trying. Everyone has a sense of laziness so they would just do whatever they can to make their lives easier. I think living to someone’s full potential will be like risking everything you have one something that might not work out. The risk is so high that many people do not think about it.
As human beings, we are sliding backwards because technology has taken over most of the world. Without it people will not know how to live their lives. The goals of some people today are just to improve technology so they could make more money. They rely on technology to improve peoples’ lives. Technology is not a bad thing but I think that we should not rely on it too much. If you take the time to try this out, you could try living a day without using any form of technology. It would make your life so much harder because you would have no means of transportation except for your feet. You would feel like there is nothing to do. It makes me feel hopeful about the future because I know that there would be things that increase the human lifespan but I don’t really know if it is worth living in a world that is tied in with technology in every aspect.
The country will probably look the same in the next five or ten years. Hopefully we will be out of the recession and everything will return to normal. We would most likely be talking about our lives when we come back to reunions but some people that we see every day may not be with us at that time anymore. I cannot really foresee anything that will happen in the future so I would rather not think about life when my children finish studying Myth to Sci-Fi and graduate. It is just something that I don’t think about at this time and age.
I certainly agree with what you said about technology. A majority of people great depend on technology to find their destination on road, to communicate with others via phone or texting, for their entertainment as well as for food. We can easily place a frozen pizza into an oven, wait for several minutes, and there would be hot food ready to be devoured.. I also agree that one would need a large group of people to make something possible, though not on a political level, but on any level.
I think when the class of 2010 meet each other after ten years we would probably be more interested in telling people what job we have or seeing new friends. The future will probably be a bit like the past. I mean not technology wise or even planet wise, but the basic human doings will remain the same. People will probably continue to live, try and take care of their loved ones and stuff like that. People will be greedy, petty and do terrible, horrible, utterly Human things that only something of our intelligence can do . People will do loving, beautiful, charitable things. It might even be the same person, the world is weird that way. There is hardly any vices that a villain would have that a normal person who goes to his job everyday could also have. ( Yes, feel that paranoia. How well do you know the people you work with?) At that point there will probably be another war, political stuff happening. I don’t see people as a whole getting better, but I think it’s more important to pay attention to individuals if you are looking for something done. A good deed could go a long way, it also goes a short way when people decide not to do it. Maybe people just need to know that they can do it. I wonder how many people in this world think that they are bad people and just leave it at that. In a book that I can’t exactly quote from the top of my head a god who has trouble with numbers asks another one if one follower is a lot, and the other god reply’s that it is. For the future I see the same things happening, something will change, and maybe mankind will realize more of our potential. Which is probably as boundless as long as we won’t run out of imagination and a giant thing doesn‘t eat our planet. Even if a giant thing does eat our planet a idea could escape.
I don’t see myself getting into the betterment of mankind, but I think I will in a way. If I become a engineering I will choose to solve problems, create things to help people and maybe like my dad take us into space. I would probably help out my friends and family when they need it and make sure they are going on the right path. I will try to raise my children ( If I have any) to become good people. And even though they seem little, little things can be a lot. Even if the it isn’t little, it isn’t a good enough excuse to not do it. Like even though something can’t be done, people still try and do it until they succeed. Then they say something like “It was all in our heads all along!” or “Technology marches on!” to the previously though impossible thing that is now thought so little of.
After 10 years we probably be talking about the past, the present, but at reunions I don’t know how much you will talk about the future. Things like what we have been up to and remembering the good old years. The thing is these high school years are not gone forever. It’s a bit like the aliens in slaughter house five, we still have our memories. Maybe someone will bring a couple of old photos, or a year book. Those memories would not be there if I didn’t have to go through them. We might move on but we can remember our past. We carry things that we have gotten from this period of our lives. We have a high school diploma, we have memories, we have learned important things, and hopefully we still have relationships. I also hope the things that my children are learning in Myth to Science Fiction (If they choose to take it) are the same. There are some ideas that people should at least understand. Otherwise they don’t have the right to take about things. A bit like when a website starts censoring the language the users type, they scream out things like “Freedom of speech!” so easily and without debate . Also I hope my children would not be going to Arcadia. It’s a nice place and all but I’d prefer to not live that near my parents.
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I think when the class of 2010 meet each other after ten years we would probably be more interested in telling people what job we have or seeing new friends. The future will probably be a bit like the past. I mean not technology wise or even planet wise, but the basic human doings will remain the same. People will probably continue to live, try and take care of their loved ones and stuff like that.
People will be greedy, petty and do terrible, horrible, utterly Human things that only something of our intelligence can do . People will do loving, beautiful, charitable things.
It might even be the same person, the world is weird that way. There is hardly any vices that a villain would have that a normal person who goes to his job everyday could also have. ( Yes, feel that paranoia. How well do you know the people you work with?)
At that point there will probably be another war, political stuff happening. I don’t see people as a whole getting better, but I think it’s more important to pay attention to individuals if you are looking for something done.
A good deed could go a long way, it also goes a short way when people decide not to do it. Maybe people just need to know that they can do it.
I wonder how many people in this world think that they are bad people and just leave it at that.
In a book that I can’t exactly quote from the top of my head a god who has trouble with numbers asks another one if one follower is a lot, and the other god reply’s that it is.
For the future I see the same things happening, something will change, and maybe mankind will realize more of our potential. Which is probably as boundless as long as we won’t run out of imagination and a giant thing does not eat our planet. Even if a giant thing does eat our planet a idea could escape.
I don’t see myself getting into the betterment of mankind, but I think I will in a way. If I become a engineering I will choose to solve problems, create things to help people and maybe like my dad take us into space.
I would probably help out my friends and family when they need it and make sure they are going on the right path. I will try to raise my children ( If I have any) to become good people. And even though they seem little, little things can be a lot.
Even if the it isn’t little, it isn’t a good enough excuse to not do it.
Like even though something can’t be done, people still try and do it until they succeed. Then they say something like “It was all in our heads all along!” or “Technology marches on!” to the previously though impossible thing that is now thought so little of.
After 10 years we probably be talking about the past, the present, but at reunions I don’t know how much you will talk about the future. Things like what we have been up to and remembering the good old years.
The thing is these high school years are not gone forever. It’s a bit like the aliens in slaughter house five, we still have our memories.
Maybe someone will bring a couple of old photos, or a year book. Those memories would not be there if I didn’t have to go through them. We might move on but we can remember our past.
We carry things that we have gotten from this period of our lives. We have a high school diploma, we have memories, we have learned important things, and hopefully we still have relationships.
I also hope the things that my children are learning in Myth to Science Fiction (If they choose to take it) are the same. There are some ideas that people should at least understand. Otherwise they don’t have the right to talk about things.
A bit like when a website starts censoring the language the users type, they scream out things like “Freedom of speech!” so easily and without debate.
Also I hope my children would not be going to Arcadia. It’s a nice place and all but I’d prefer to not live that near my parent
I believe that the current society is not progressing, and even sliding backwards. Technology is a major cause for the seizing of progression. Technology plays such a major role in everyone’s life these days, it is kind of sad. For one, people do not read or refer to books as much as they used to. If someone has a question, they just refer to Google which will output a response within less than a second. Technology also offers many distractions and often directly affects students’ grades. I believe our future is heading down towards the path of Alduous Huxley’s Brave New World. It may not be as drastic as his written prophecy, but I believe people of our society will be ruined by self-indulgence and passiveness. To be honest, I feel a sense of worry and pessimism towards the future.
I plan to be part of our future by being a contributing citizen to society. It may sound dull and boring, but I just plan to complete college and get a stable job so that I can earn a living and hopefully live comfortably. If I do pursue the mechanical engineering occupation, then maybe I will one day invent something new. But for now, I just plan to follow the norms of society and whatever career I end up in may have an impact on this world.
I believe that the country would probably look nearly the same but there will be some newer technology within five to ten years. When coming back for our reunions, everyone will share life experiences and accomplishments. It will be fun and surprising to see how each and every one of us has turned out. After my children finish Myth to Science Fiction and graduate from Arcadia High School, I will look at them differently. I will earn a new found respect because I know they have gained a new and greater knowledge from completing high school and this class.
I agree with you when you say that technology is a major cause for the seizing of progression. Like you said, people can just sparknote the book that they're suppose to read instead of reading it. Because technology makes everything easily accessible, each generation seems to be getting lazier and lazier as new technology releases. And it is pretty sad because people will then just be taking the easy way out instead of learning the whole process.
It hasn’t really hit me yet that after four years of being in a place that I have grown to be attached to be all coming to an end and I don’t think that it will hit me until it finally does end. I just hate thinking about the future because it worries me. I’m worried that I will become a complete failure in life because I’ll be out on my own with no one to guide me. I know I still have a lot of growing up to do and I am determined to prove to people and especially myself that I can achieve things if I believe that I can. But when it does end, I will enter a whole new chapter in life where I will hopefully try to fulfill my dreams. As I’m fulfilling my goals, I will also try to make the world a better place. I will contribute to the world by maintaining to lend a helping hand by donating to charity, keeping the streets clean, living a healthy lifestyle, and spreading awareness among people to do their job to make the world a better place because frankly, we are the future.
In a better world, there would definitely be no more wars, and no more violence. It’s extremely sad to see violence amongst one another, like gang violence for example. Although the criminal rates have been decreasing, there would be a very slim rate to none in a better world. People would be respectful towards one and another unlike some people who think they can just say or do whatever they want. Also, people would be more appreciative with what they have. I for one don’t really take the time to appreciate the fact that I am pretty lucky to be living the life that I have right now and I know tons of people are exactly like me that are appreciative, but don’t take the time to just let it soak in and be thankful. There are tons of other downfalls about our current world, but I believe changing the more obvious ones would be just fine because there is no perfect world. This is all in a better world, but everyone makes their own decisions and chooses what they want to do. It takes one small decision to make a big difference and if everyone would just stop and think about what they can do to change some small defaults, then I’m sure our world would be just fine the way it is.
To be fair and honest, I did not ponder on what the world would look like when I was eight. However, I am sure I did not think people would be driving flying cars, using a transporter or living on the moon. I was more preoccupied with watching Scooby-Doo, Yu-gi-Oh!, and various other cartoons that was on Kids WB. Currently, I cannot imagine our world looking better – I believe that we have already passed this “better world.” These past weeks after reading 1984 and especially after reading Brave New World, I feel that this world can only get worse as technology advances. We would not have trouble with global warming if we had taken precautions about cars, gasoline, etc. Animals such as polar bears would not have the high possibility of going extinct if we had understood the pros and cons of driving cars. The forecasting of the ocean waters rising to land and the disappearance of small islands would not be a problem.
As human beings, I believe we are moving to a negative direction. Everything has been simplified and cut short, such as using chatspeak and replacing “you” with “u” and “are” with “r.” Handwriting does not need to be neat any more with computers. They do not need to be legible; everything can be typed up onto a word document. These days, many people find ways to scam or mess with other people. Computer viruses, terrorism, euthanasia, the making of fine print very fine, murders and plagiarisms are all great examples.
I feel worried about the future. I believe that if a majority of people still drive their cars when they can carpool or take the bus and people do not take actions to make themselves a better person and are not aware of the consequences of their actions then I feel that there is no hope. I have told close friends that people should abandon this current technology and that people should strive to live without the convenience of microwaves, cars, and computers.. and that we have harmed nature and Earth enough with our pollution, greediness, selfishness and ignorance. They responded that human beings have become too relied upon advance technology that there would be almost no way to get them apart – they would not be willing to abandon technology. Simple living, plain dress, and “the strong and fit will survive” would be too much for people who depend on technology on nearly everything they do.
Personally, I am currently debating of what I would do in the future and what steps I would take. I do not wish to take part in destroying the world, nature, and its animals. Watching PBS’s American Experience’s episode of whale-hunting have strongly contributed to my feelings about this world and our current human beings. Before reaching these ideas, I had originally planned to live my life “simple” by earning good amount of money to support myself and perhaps adopt a child down the road. Now, I am unsure because I do not wish to take part in the slow (or hastening) destruction of Earth, nature and its animals. I feel that human beings are to be blamed for so many of these animals, insects (though I dislike them), mammals nearly going to or are about to get onto the path of extinction. Watching PBS’s Nature episode Crash: A Tale of Two Species has strongly contributed to my feelings about animals on the path of extinction: people have created that path for these unique animals, not the animals themselves or through natural selection.
I still wonder however, what the ending will be like for us human beings as this world is slowly wearing away because of our own actions.
Rainbow, I disagree with you on how were moving in a negative direction. You use examples such as murders and plagiarism as objects of our degradation but those things have been going on since before our parents parents were born and probably will not stop. Not only that but not many people do that. Those are just people who want to take short cuts and gamble their lives. If most of our people did that we would not be the civilization we are today.
The American landscape will look vastly different within five or ten years time. Despite a short amount of time there will not only be physical, apparent changes but social changes as well. The first change would not be hard to identify with given our vast and continually expanding technological advances. New medical devices, new laptops, new tablets, new phones – all of these changes are inevitable and will remain an integral part of our continued development. However, the second part is less obvious; the healthcare bill will take into effect, immigration reform will be headed somewhere, and discrimination issues will erupt on both sides. Each and every decade is given their own set of problems to fight. Just as the mid 20th century has dealt with (most) civil right issues and World Wars, today we face our own conflicts abroad and within the country. North Korea’s many provocations that has amounted to nearly nothing over the past quarter century will undoubtedly head somewhere within the next decade. Immigration reform will remain as volatile as ever with each party continuing to fight for their own beliefs and no amount of policies and laws can please everybody. In short, the future is unpredictable as ever, all it will take to change it a simple roll of the dice.
Fortunately, however, I take a much more optimistic view of the future than either Orwell or Huxley. Despite our many continuous ramblings and arguments, we do learn from our mistakes. The mistakes that we have made in the past cannot mean nothing for the foundation of our society is entirely reliant on these mistakes. Society doesn’t stagnate, it strives to grow and improve, to better ourselves for the future and improve on the past. It doesn’t take much to observe history and see that no matter how bleak the economy or how dire the situation, we are still somehow able to climb out on top. Society only degenerates from those with a narrow view point; simply open up your mind to the entire world and see that nothing is ever as bad as some people claim it is.
You say that "each and every decade is given their own set of problems to fight". Do you think then that the problems are getting progressively "better" and thus we are improving over time (based on historical trends), or do you think that each set of problems that come up is just as "bad" as earlier sets of problems?
I liked the point you made about how we come out on top no matter how bleak our situation is. I sadly have become slightly pessimistic about current issues lately and it's nice to hear some optimism.
For the longest time, human beings have been establishing a better life. More or less, everyone in this world pursues a better life whether physically, environmentally, or technically. Thus we keep developing our potential and utilize it on enhancing the quality of life by producing more conveniences, such as vehicles and electronics. People endlessly pursue better life because of their endless greed of comfort. We are never satisfied with our own life; we always want more money, more luxuries, and more time. In order to do so, we continue to advance anything we possibly can to make as much money, to buy as many properties, and to save as much time as we could. I can never predict what this earth will be like after a hundred years; however, I do not think humanity will EVER fulfill its potential because human being will continue to seek ways to make life better. As long as this earth keeps revolving, new houses will be built, new vehicles will be made, and new technologies will be invented. Ironically, it is not so much of fulfilling our potential; it is more of fulfilling our greed and desire of a better life.
As a species, our ultimate potential is to build a utopia, when our potential is eventually fulfilled. In utopia, people will be satisfied with their eco-system, life style, economy, and all sorts of things that complete their life. Nevertheless, will people ever be satisfied? I doubt it. The future really DOES freak me out. With all the fear and suspicion to unknown, personally, I cannot help being selfish and defensive although I try my best to be selfless and helpful to others. And I believe this applies to everyone. Or else why are there wars, tears, bloods?
Life goes on, although there are times when I really loved my life and wanted to keep it that way. Less than thirty-six hours later, I will be graduating; I will not be a high school student anymore; I will not be the president of chanteurs anymore… So who am I going to be? With the severe recession and intense competition going on outside of high school, I can only see fog in my way. Certainly, I will become a college student. And then what about after graduating from college? Certainly, I will start working, marry someone, have a family, and eventually die. But I am afraid to lose the enthusiasm I still embrace while I am still in high school. I am afraid to meet new people. I am afraid to not be able to get the classes I want. I am afraid to not become someone I want. I am afraid of unknown!
Although I have no ability to predict what will happen to me in the future, but I know my ability and I trust them in leading me to become a trustworthy, responsible, and all-rounded person. I will become a responsible worker, regardless to the occupation as long as it is something I like to work at. I will become a good wife and good mother to take good care of my family. And I will keep up my friendships and continue to be a good friend. I am not sure if I will be powerful enough to help US build a better world; however, I will contribute my humblest effort on playing my role and helping others within reach.
I agree, the future is quite scary for us because of the difficult economic times right now. There are so many little problems like paying for college, not being broke throughout college, the difficulty of getting a job, etc. that I feel like I should be worrying about because they are a reality. However, for some reason I try not to think about them. But I'm sure if you try your best and you trust your ability to be a responsible person and everything you said, you'll be successful. It's good that you have confidence in your strengths.
I think if we try to make it a "perfect" world, it would not be what we think. At first many ideas seems perfect to humanity like communism, but it ends up being really horrible. I think that the more we try to prefect something, the more imperfect it will become. Everything will fall apart and people will began to hate the system. I think the world right now is at a good state, even though there are still things going on that we wish it does not exist, but everything will lead to something better in the end. I really like everything right now besides the fact that there are too many people in the world that knows too little. There are people around the world that are deprived of many things and I think that should be changed.
In five to ten years there will be so many changed made that most cities will become like Los Angeles and San Francisco. I think that the whole country will become more populated than ever, and every where people will seek a better life. There will be many technological advancements. I think during the reunions we will talk about how easy transportation has became and all the improvements in the quality of life. I also think that the children will learn quicker and harder materials at a younger age.
I think there are still so many things to be done in our society. There are still many things we can do to improve our future for our children. However, the direction we are currently heading towards right now is not a very positive one. People do not really see how the generation now
is depleting all the resources around us. Soon there will be nothing left for the next generation. But I believe in a couple of years, more and more people will understand and change the way we live right now. Most people are already worried about the gas/oil crisis, and that will probably be the beginning of the time we change the way we do things right now.
I do not think humanity will really reach full potential ever. I believe humankind will always grow and always better ourselves. There will always be room to improve and humanity will never stop advancing. For me, I think that I will do my best to contribute myself to the world. Help people who are ignorant to how the future will become if we continue to live the way we live now. Then the word will slowly spread and people will see that a change is needed to be made in order to have a better future.
The morning after tryouts, the list of new Orchesis members is posted on the dance studio door. It’s just a plain piece of printer paper, but it almost glimmers with magic; for some dancers it’s the entry to an entirely new world of hopes, dreams, possibility. I look at this sheet of paper and feel something gnaw at my heart. It’s not exactly jealousy, not exactly nostalgia. I try to put my finger on what I feel and come up with something like… yearning. Has it really been two years? It feels like way too short of a time ago that I myself approached the list sophomore year and found out I had made Orchesis. And now it is my time to leave and a new cycle to begin. The past two years on this company flash in an instant through my mind. Now, I look at the names of all these strangers and a voice inside me yearns to say so much to them, now that I have experienced it and remember how little I really knew when I looked at that new member list myself two years ago.
I want to tell these strangers: It may seem razzly-dazzly now, but you’re going to work harder than you’ve ever had to push yourself before, you’re going to sacrifice a lot, and it will never be easy. Give it your all, always. Don’t hold back. Don’t be afraid to stand out and be wrong. But never complain, and learn to love every second of it, because you will learn so much from this experience. Enjoy these next two years more than you’ve ever enjoyed anything in your life.
Here are new dancers who have achieved their dreams and have the chance to start this entire journey I’ve just finished. I look at the list of new dancers, and I feel more than anything the desire for these girls to get the best out of their experience. I want them to do everything that I would have done differently. A part of me deep down wishes that someone would have told me all of that two years ago.
Now that high school is almost ending, I sometimes think back to these past four years and see what I happen to remember. Now I start to see which ones are standout memories because they’re the only days I remember. One of my earliest memories of high school is of a hike with Sierra Club.
It’s November of freshman year. I’ve barely just started high school. On the hike, I chat and become friends with a few seniors, and by the end of the hike as I wait for my parents to pick me up, I ask the seniors, “If you could do anything differently about your high school career, what would it be?” I jot down their responses in my head and only hope that I don’t make the same mistakes they did.
This memory strikes me now because of how much possibility I had at the time for high school left waiting to be fulfilled. I had no idea how my high school life would turn out and was so worried back then whether I would meet my expectations for myself. Now that I am about to graduate, I look back on this memory with happiness. High school turned out wonderfully.
ODC danced at Longley Way this past Thursday, and the kids were much livelier than the kids at the other schools were. While the others sat quietly and well behaved, these kids giggled openly, said “woah” at random movements, and clearly expressed their amazement and joy while watching us. It might have been the fact that it was my last performance at the elementary schools, or the fact that the audience couldn’t have been any cuter, that this particular performance opened my eyes to a new idea.
Earlier, when I had first stepped onto the Longley Way campus, a bunch of enthusiastic kids ran around Kevin (an ODC member) and me, eager to see some “cool high-schoolers”. “Future kids of Dana right here,” I said to my fellow Dana Mariner, Kevin. He replied, “Future kids of Arcadia High.” We went onstage to set up our costumes, and I thought nothing more of it at the time.
When I went onstage and started dancing for these kids though, looking into their bright faces, smiling because of their heartwarming giggles at silly moments, it actually put into perspective what I have to contribute to the future. This whole time as a member on Orchesis, I danced for me. I didn’t do it to put on my college app, to impress anyone, or even to inspire others. Sure, they might have come with it, but I truly danced because I needed to simply dance for myself. As I danced at LW, I knew it was time for me to leave Orchesis very soon. I have to pass along my spot to a new Orchesis member ready to fulfill her passions. I’m done with our spring production Let the Bass Kick and have gotten what I needed for myself out of Orchesis. It was on the LW stage that I realized it was time to give back to the community. We didn’t get praise from the kids, didn’t know them, never would see them again, honestly didn’t really get any benefits from them. It was on that stage that I knew my purpose had shifted, at least for the time being: I danced not to make myself happy anymore; I danced for the kids and for their futures.
There is a time for everything—a time to leave Orchesis, a time to leave high school, a time to say goodbye to doing things for yourself and start doing those same things for others instead. It’s difficult to accept sometimes, but these endings are an inevitable part of life. Just as these events in high school turned out differently than how they seemed to me at first, I have no idea what my future holds. I’m fickle when it comes to career choices, family choices, car choices, where-to-live choices—I just never really know what I want. Instead, I make choices more in the short-term as they come along. If I think too much about my future, I might forget to enjoy the present. So right now, I don’t have any degree in museum studies or environmental policy or anything else. Who knows what I will do in the future? Who knows what I will contribute to the world then? What I have now is eighteen years of experience being me, and I’m going to focus on that to build a better world. I do it day-by-day as the moments come. I do what I can in the time that I have.
My friends on Science Olympiad taught me so much, and I in turn have spent so many hours this year as event leaders helping my teammates learn and succeed. In Orchesis I feel as if I have been part of a legacy that now is being passed on to a bunch of new girls who will get a life-changing experience. In Sierra Club we have elected new officers who I hope will take what they learned this year to make the club even better next year. All these people have a future ahead of them to do what I already had the chance to do.
I will actively try to build a better future, perhaps through environmental advocacy or creating breakthrough museum exhibits, but what I think is just as important is the legacy you leave behind in the little things you do. By taking information from others before you and passing on what you’ve learned to those after you, by wanting to see people learn from your mistakes and do better than you did, you can help others have better futures who will in turn help future generations have even better futures. Perhaps that’s why the academic teams keep getting better every year (based on how many of our teams placed higher than ever before at competitions this year), and why our directors think each Orchesis show every year just keeps getting better. We are helping those who come after us to exceed our accomplishments. I only understand now what Mr. Feraco said about the legacy we wanted to leave behind. As I am leaving high school, I feel like I’m passing down everything I can to those younger than me, to build a better future.
I think if we build our own new world, it would look exactly how it does right now. We have modified the world to our liking from what it once was. God had created this world in his own way and we, as time progressed, changed it to how we wanted it to be. So when you ask how the world will look like if we build it, then I say that it will look exactly how it does now. The only way we would actually change the world is again, by modifying it. That is the only world we can create, one that is better than the previous because of everything that we have changed. We do not literally build a new world. It changes because we have agreed to do so.
In five or ten years, I believe the the world will change and become something more of an urban setting. The whole world will have cities that look like Tokyo or cities in New York or California. If you look at Los Angeles alone, the city is growing. Los Angeles' Nokia Center and the whole area around the Staples Center has been built to look like Times Square in New York. Everything is growing and becoming technologically advanced. I read an article that in just two years, computers will be ten times more powerful than they are now. I read another article that a computer company has made a new type of computer modem that is so powerful and ridiculously fast, that it can download all the books in the Library of Congress in just one second and it can download a full length high definition film in less than four minutes. It is so powerful that every person in China can video chat with each other lag-free. That type of power has been developed months ago; two years from now, we will see ten times that power. Ten years from now, we will see something that we cannot even imagine now. There will be a prevalence of electric cars and hybrids, homes will be designed with "green" elements, and cell phones will be a thing of the past.
I think the future is very promising. Personally, I am a die-hard tech kind of guy. I enjoy reading articles about electronics that make life easier and more convenient. I like looking at computers and what capabilities they have. The future, in my opinion, seems to hold technology as something that must continue to live on. There are a couple of things that I fear however. In the movie WALL-E, humans are portrayed as fat and lazy beings that can barely even walk. The technology has engulfed everyone and made life so comfortable that they rely on technology for literally everything they do. All they do is sit in a chair and let technology take over. I fear that as we progress, all the new gadgets and gizmos will make us all so comfortable, that we become lazy, insubordinate beings.
Every single day, we as a species are getting closer to reaching our potential. Now when and where we find our ultimate potential is a mystery for me. I don't believe we will find it in my own lifetime, but then again, I don't even know what our own human potential is. We have come far in the few thousand years that we have been around, but I am more than 100% sure that our potential is still light years away. Really, I have tried to answer this question many different ways but I end up backspacing what I wrote because I really cannot comprehend what our ultimate potential is. It is too vast for me to understand. Twenty years from now, we will be closer to reaching our potential, but even then, I do not believe the answer to what our ultimate potential can really be accurate. The answer comes with time, and by time I'm talking about hundreds to even thousands of years. We are a species that develops something new everyday. There is no limit to what we produce.
Building a better world requires many different approaches. One way I feel, can really help is by spreading the word of Jesus. I am a Christian and as Christians, it is our duty to spread the word of God to everyone. Another way is by keeping myself "green". Being eco-friendly is important to a healthy planet and a healthy planet makes it suitable for humans. I may just be one person, but if many people do something to help, it all adds up. Change can be made when everyone unites and fights.
Danny, I agree with you on how the world will look similar in the next five or ten years from now. I also like how you think if everyone helps, it all counts. As I too believe this greatly and would like everyone else to believe it too. Every little thing matters even if it does not show right away.
If you measure the greatness of the human race in terms of how far our smartest individuals have progressed, then we have come very far and will continue to exponentially expand our minds into the future. If instead our greatness is measured by our species as a whole, then the widening gap between the rich and the poor in the world gives us a very bad grade. Our most ignorant are progressively getting more and more solidified in their ideology, and it only breeds more unchanging, meaningless ideas. However, despite this, I am very optimistic about what the future holds for us. I think there will be a point where the smartest are able to peacefully solve many world problems, including famine, disease, and ignorance. I think it will be very difficult though. It will be a long time before we're able to defeat one of our greatest rivals: close-mindedness.
I don't think humanity will reach its potential for at least another two thousand years. Our ultimate potential is knowing all there is to know. Whether it is the ends of the universe or the completed science of human reactions, when we can no longer learn anything, we have reached our potential. At the same time, we may never reach our potential thus defined. We will probably never reach the ends of the universe within the lifetime of the human species. We also may not be capable of completely understanding ourselves, like every other animal on Earth. In the end, it is irrelevant whether or not we reach it because it will not happen in anyone's lifetime.
I like to think of myself as a realist optimist. I see events for what they are, but I think what they are shows a bright future. Where an optimist may see the glass as full, a pessimist it empty, and a realist pessimist it half-empty, I see it half-full and recognize that there is an empty half. In the long run, the only way to go is up, no matter the path humanity takes to get there. Where there is oppression, I see inevitable revolution. Where there is ignorance, I see room for massive improvement. Where there is dark, I see the light that casts a shadow.
The only real potential that matters is our potential to understand. Understanding those around us. The world around us. Understanding ourselves. We are the only creatures capable of stopping what we’re doing, taking a step back, and thinking. I truly believe all problems can be solved in this manner, both socially and scientifically. I think with this power, nothing can stop us.
It would be a world without hunger, and without poverty. It would be a world where people just died of old age. It would be a world where people could afford what they wanted and could experience everything they wanted to. It would be a world of happiness and satisfaction and true love was found. I think that world is possible, but due to some of our human traits like greed, we cannot achieve it. Imagine if the entire world just came together and acted as one? To help all countries and abolish debt, only to live in harmony. I would definitely like that world better then this one.
Honestly I do not think this country will look any different in ten years. It will probably be the same give or take a couple technological advances and some trillion dollars forward or backward in debt. The topics I will be talking about at my reunion would probably be about the new president and his ideals, sports, and world events. It will be fun to catch up with the people I have not seen for several years and to see how they turned out. It will also see the 35 year old Mr. Feraco! I am looking forward to seeing if you are still frying the young seniors of 2020. That is - if we are still here.
I think the future holds for us the same thing it always had for every generation before us - opportunities. I think were moving in a positive direction as human beings and I see it all around the media. Different organizations that are helping the world and the people who are less fortunate are all over and it shows one of our most valuable trait. The love and compassion we can show for one another is what makes our race so great. I am definitely hopeful for the future because I am going to play a part in it. Being a police officer I will be able to make a difference in peoples lives and the future. Although, I am worried and nervous about the future. Growing up is a very bracing thing to think about but hey, everyone goes through it right?
I will be a part of our future because if I am a police officer saving lives is how I will make a difference. I want to protect the people that cannot protect themselves and be a savior. I am going to be the police officer that connects with his community and is not looked at like just another cop who wants to write tickets. That career is one way I can serve the community and help be a part of the future and the world. If I choose to not be a police officer then I will do something else to be a part of the world. I think that is every citizens duty - to help further our advancement as a species and as a civilization. No matter what route I take I will make a difference in the world.
In about five or ten years, we will have advanced dramatically. The knowledge of technicians is expanding everyday and with new knowledge there will always be new innovations. People will probably have to make little to no effort while doing their everyday mundane activities from cooking and cleaning to driving and working. Occupations will most likely be limited to a few in the future as well since technology will be able to do most of our work for us. When I come back for my reunion, inevitably people will be talking about their current lives and how much their friends have changed. They will also be talking about how the world has changed since our days in high school. When my children graduate from Arcadia High School after studying Myth to Science Fiction, the world will be even more advanced. People probably would not find the necessity to even leave their homes for everything that they need will be provided for them; by technology.
The future is always changing. To me, we are moving in a negative and a positive direction. Negative because we no longer will need to do anything ourselves. Some see this as a good thing, but I see it as being lazy and not using our "human potential" and our capabilities. Positive because there will be new innovations. New creations are always positive because it is proof of the fact that human beings are advancing in knowledge. I am an optimistic person so I am always hopeful for the future.
In five to ten years America will be closer than ever way to becoming a dystopia. Not the sort of dystopia that we saw in 1984 or Brave New World, but a nation governed by the easily offended and people without a sense of humor. I’ve seen it far too much in recent years, people who are offended by utterly inoffensive uses of words or phrases, and the people who think that everything is racist. Come on guys, I thought we’d gotten over racism. There’s no need to go looking for a bunch of it where there is none.
The world will no longer be run by laws, and politicians will no longer be the lawmakers. In the future, all matters will be resolved in the courtroom. The lawsuit has become the best friend of many easily offended persons. In 5 to 10 years, the ability to sue will be necessary not only to get what you want but also make yourself heard, not to mention prevent yourself from being sued by others.
To prevent this dystopian future, we need do three things when presented a situation involving “racism” or “offensive material.”
1) Ask yourself “Was this said or done maliciously or on purpose?”
2) Ask yourself “Was this directed at me or anyone else personally?”
3) If you didn’t answer yes to either of other two questions, than there is no need to freak out. It was either an accident or all in good fun.
I’m pretty sure we won’t get to this point in the future, but come on guys, please get a sense of humor if you cannot take a joke. Please, for the sake of the world.
3)Is King’s style of non-violent protest the best way to raise awareness of an issue, particularly in today’s technologically advanced age? Do you foresee new methods of protesting/education arising within the next few decades?
I don't think King's style of non-violent protest the best way to raise awareness of an issue, particularly in today's technologically advanced age, because there are four basic steps: collection of the facts to determine whether injustices exist; negotiation; self purification; and direct action, which is not infect today so King's style of non-violent protest the best way to raise awareness of an issue. I mean, today, we can see from the internet or news about many people put their freedom of speeches or else. As that I believe it is not I mean, everyone using the internet, which show our society getting change not like long time ago.
Yes, I do believe there is foresee new methods of protesting/education arising within the next few decades, because we human is always developing or changing the society, which there is a way of new methods of protesting/education so that I do believe there is a way to have new methods of protesting/education arising within the next few decades.
I think the better world look like everyone is living so peaceful, which there is a no more war. If we build it I would like to build something that is good for us not like weapon. I mean, I think weapon is really harmful to us, which it makes a war. But we can not change that, because we already used to it very long time ago. Everyone is known weapon is protecting you or give you the power, which you can steal from others or under control them anyway one day, there is a better world than now, which we dreams about it.
I am a concept artist, which I can design the world in my head and draw it out so I can show the people how our world looks like. But even I design and people look at it and like it. That is not an end. We are who change the world, I mean if we work together and not fight each other, then it build a better world for us, but we are human, which it never change it. I mean, we can see some people are nice or not so I think it is impossible that work together. However, I will be a concept artist that part of out future and help us design a better world, which I can show them how it looks like.
What will the better world look like if we build it...and would you like it better than this one?
“The better world” is obviously different for each individual. My ideal world would be exciting and dangerous. People would travel by teleportation. If one felt ill, we would have an instant cure. Crime and war would still exist because they are thrilling; however, one would never suffer lethal injuries. Kind of like kids playing with paintball guns. My better world is a little far fetched and I have no idea where to start building it. Despite this, I am certain I would enjoy it much more then the somewhat boring world we have now in which people get hurt and die everyday.
What will the country look like in five or ten years? What will you be talking about when you come back for your reunions? What about when your children finish studying Myth to Science Fiction and graduate from Arcadia High?
To be honest, in five or ten years, I do not think the country or even the world will look much different. Sure there will be more cities built and maybe some cities destroyed, but no major changes. More then the environment, we will change. I am certain that I will be surprised by how much some of my classmates now will have changed in just five or ten years. I am almost scared to go back for the reunions because I fear everyone will have changed so much that it was like freshman year again; not know anyone. Even though I complained about the workload and ultimately senioritis got the better of me in the example of this blog, this semester of Myth to Science Fiction has been one of the most rewarding and enjoyable courses I had my entire high school career. I encouraged underclassmen to choose this class and it would be awesome if in the future my kids get the same opportunity. When that day comes, I will be talking about this day and how much things have changed.
What do you think the future holds for us? Are we moving in a positive direction as human beings, or sliding backwards? Do you feel hopeful about the future? Worried? Conflicted? Pessimistic?
The future does not look good, right now. I guess you can say that I feel a torrent of conflicting emotions when looking ahead. I worry we will end up in the World State, overdosing on soma. I am hopeful that we can easily avoid it. I am pessimistic because I see society sliding backwards, but I am also optimistic because I think the future holds opportunities to overcome our downfall and then create a much better world.
How will you be part of our future? How will you help us build a better world?
Currently I am going into UCR as chemistry major. I am uncertain where exactly I will go from there but here are some possibilities. I might go into pharmacy and find the cure for AIDS and cancer and distribute them for free like the guy who fixed polio. Or I might discover soma and take full responsibility for the downfall of mankind. If my grades are subpar in undergrad I might also go into the field of teaching. I have always considered it and teaching would be an excellent way for me to help build a better world. Who knows? I might be your colleague one day Feraco.
If I were given the chance to rebuild the world, I would completely change the ways of it. First off, the people, traits of human kind really need to be erased from this world. Selfishness, laziness, faithlessness, many more. Humans with these traits make the world what is it today, recession, poverty, terror. All caused by factors of the horrible traits of humanity. Second, the insufficient lands of the world. Countries such as Africa in which do not have any resources for the world falls behind to a time in which there are no technology. These people are living in brick made shelters, wearing pieces of cloth, walking around without shoes, all because of the lack of resources and the corrupted government. Third, governments with world democracy, in the end, we are still sharing the same planet, and we need to all agree on the same issues. World wide voting would be one of the things I want for my world, different kinds of people have their own opinion, the world needs to understand them to live together. Overall, I just want my imaginary world to work as a whole instead of the world now where different countries have different believes, and because of that wars start and people die. Although I would agree with the idea of limiting birth, I do not want countries to be like India with massive population density.
What will the world be in ten years…I feel that technology will be the biggest things in the world in ten years. Technology is taking the world over now, and in ten years, robots might start to be used at home, they might even take over more jobs. Wars might finally be resolved, world democracy might begin, dark religions might fade away. All these depend on what the next generation will think. Since the world is still dominated by the people in their 40s-60s, factors might radically change in the rise of our generation. We will be talking about the latest technology in our reunions, the Iphone 14, the Ipad 10, the paper computers. That is if world war 3 does not start, because if an actual nuclear war begins, that would be the end of human kind. Hopefully it will not happen. In thirty years…technology might actually be in our lives, robots everywhere, diseases cured, utopia. Of course, that is when the issues of human morals come into play, whether we want to use the people for work, or use the robots for work.
Through all this, I do not find the future of humans to be very bright. We are moving towards a negative trend, and if we were to continue that trend, humans would begin to degenerate as technology advances. Also, the population of the world is increasing daily, monthly, yearly, resources will one day to be used. People are consuming more than they should, food is being wasted, fuel is overly used. This generation is advancing, but also consuming the world parts by parts. To be honest, I do not feel hopeful for the future, it feels like all this will fade away as soon as more technology comes in. We are relying too much on efficiency and simplicity, soon we will turn into robots. I do not want that.
Our potential as humans might be telepathic means, but if we were to interpret humans now, the maximum potential will be technology and intelligence. Human growth has pretty much come to the end, other than people getting taller and taller. Humans have the only option of advancing on technology and better understand of the world. At this time, we are beginning to try to understand why we were here with the CERN programs. Maybe we will prove religion wrong someday, find the meaning of life. I believe our ultimate goal of our species would be conquering viruses, diseases, death, genes, and many more. Hopefully I will be some part of this future, maybe helping others when dangers occur, or voting and supporting on issues that concerns with the world. I hope for a bright future, and I hope for a future that can reach perfection.
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