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The Future: Set in Stone or Shifting Sands?

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I have proposed the idea in previous blogs that dreams of the future are what help us move towards it. It is our imaginations that take us forward. One of the most powerful aspects of Avatar is the level of detail given to making it as accurate a reflection of the future. Everything from the science to the engineering is a projection of concepts that are capable of being developed in the next 150 years. The question is, do we have a chance to change our future, or did the message come too late to avoid destruction?


How do we measure advancement? We may conquer the planet but at the cost of destroying it. In Avatar, the population of Earth has topped out at 20 billion. It's kept at this level by a sick balance of population growth and death, whether by disease, famine, or war. Of all the problems facing modern humanity, overpopulation is one of the most dangerous. It is dangerous because it hides behind scarier issues like terrorism and war and immediate dangers. But if you wanted to look for the root of many of humanity's problems, it is hard not to come back to the fact that there are just too many of us and not enough space. It is not surprising that a vision of the future would imagine us taking our desperate need for resources into space. However I am much more interested in finding balance and equilibrium, much like the Na'vi. It was Agent Smith in the Matrix who said that humanity is a virus. Who can argue with his logic? We breed and spread, breed and spread. Our survial instincts have perverted to the state where we will survive even if it kills us (note the ironic humor).


The key to change is courage. The greatest danger comes from those who are able to make a difference, who know they should make a difference, and still do nothing. If you got the message from Avatar, but believe it to be someone else's problem, then we are doomed to a wasted planet. But anyone with the courage to see and act on what they know is right has the power to save us from ourselves. Irayo Willofeywa 19:45, April 18, 2010 (UTC)

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