Almost everyone wants a better future. The future is not a promise or a dream but the result of the actions we decided to do today. Without a vision of the future that is not accompanied by actions, the future will be in the hands of third parties. Meanwhile, the vast majority of the world’s population is very focused on today: working or getting a job, eating or getting food, not getting ill or healing, living the last years of their lives with dignity or living the first years of their lives with hope and then, a lot of etceteras.
As the world watches old models crack, the essential remains the same. However, there is an area of our present, the future, to which we are not paying too much attention. It is probable that many think: but without present there is no future. And it is possible that a few of you say, without a future, why the present? Beyond philosophical circumlocutions, which are important, every morning we begin to live the present of a future that we imagined the day before.
The focus on survival, at this juncture, is staggering: in some social spheres, it is saving the company from closure or bankruptcy; in others it is being able to get some food, so as not to starve to death than from covid-19.
But the post modern world does not know what quarantine means, nor does it go into hibernation, nor does it understand concepts like now. In this world, everything moves, sometimes by inertia, many times by the impulse of a system that needs to see smoke come out of its chimneys. And then the question arises: Who is creating the future?
Is there a plan?
Is the future very similar to today, but with improvements in some areas? Instead of work or telework, an intermediate posture. Instead of cars with fuel, electric vehicles. An education that shares one time in the physical and another in the virtual. Buy in offline stores but also online. The hybridization of our habits and behaviors are the new normal.
We are giving birth, then, to the Hybrid Generation, which does not know of ages but of ways of living, working, studying, sharing.
But, as I said, is there a plan? A plan that goes beyond these areas. A plan that considers the type of society model that is sought; beyond ideologies.
Is the future now in the hands of a group of programmers, or of mathematicians, or of scientists, or of different artificial intelligence, or of venture capital investors or of a new power that is hard to put a face on and names?
The world does not stop and it is curious that there are few areas in which the future is being discussed, in its broadest sense. Let’s imagine a forum that brings together politicians, there are some good ones, businessmen, social agents, but also some grandparents over 70 years old, some technologists, some school teachers, from whom they not only teach but also awaken . Let’s add some historians, philosophers, designers, architects, engineers, experts in science, psychology and anthropology. Let’s establish an agenda, beyond the 2030 Agenda, which is a great initiative, but 2030 is tomorrow, and we have to think and create for the next 50, 100 years.
The new generations: Hybrid Generation
A meeting of professionals who are not conditioned by an electoral result, or a conjunctural impact, who have the ability to conceive and implement a plan that helps build a better future, so that it affects this present. I do not dare to define it in solitude, or to name certain things. But I am convinced that the future cannot be in the hands of those we do not know, whose plans are not shared and with objectives outside our knowledge.
But there is an alternative, instead of letting them appropriate our future, let us put on the table or screen what we want the future of the human to be like. Ordinary people, society, have the right to know and even more the right to participate in the creation of progress and prosperity that includes us all and improves those areas of life that can be improved, almost all of them.
You are the future.
While we are witnesses and protagonists of how old models are cracking, the essential remains the same: to live with dignity, to work, for the Rule of Law to be consolidated, respect for our liberties and commitment to our obligations, spaces for culture, leisure, love and a good education as the basis of a more civic, empowered, creative, free and responsible society.
However, there is still an area of our present, the future, that we are not paying too much attention to. And we cannot ignore this commitment. It is probable that many think: but without present there is no future. And it is possible that a few of you say, without a future, there is no present. Beyond philosophical circumlocutions, which are important, every morning we begin to live the present of a future that we imagined the day before.
Our time is now, and our responsibility cannot be outsourced, automated, or digitized. The future depends on each of us.