By Herman M. Lagon
THE FUTURE is like a puzzle, filled with questions, challenges, and many chances to grow. Looking back, we see many historical moments where significant changes, like in industry, technology, or culture, changed how we live. Today, as we wonder what comes next, one thing is clear: our ability to change and adapt will help us. Scientific American once asked, “What is the future of humanity?” The answer is not just about expert guesses but about our natural skills to change and learn.
Our journey forward is about two things: exploring new places and understanding ourselves better. Space is vast and fascinating. People like Martin Rees, a famous British space scientist, talk about the exciting things we could find there. However, he also reminds us that our home, Earth, has urgent problems. Even if we consider traveling to places like Mars, we should remember our responsibilities here. Our planet has limited resources, and some parts are very delicate. Moreover, while space might be intriguing, it also brings tough questions about what is right and wrong. Raj Panjabi of Last Mile Health says progress means ensuring that even people in far-off places can see a doctor when sick.
So, what helps us adapt? Is it all the cool gadgets and machines we make? Or is it deep thinking about who we are and how our minds work? It is probably a mix of both. New technologies can change how we live and think. For instance, cars that drive themselves, digital tools that spell efficiency, or virtual worlds where we can ‘meet’ are becoming usual things in our lives.
But with all these new things, we need to think wisely. We should make choices that are new or cool and good for everyone. Even if technology changes laws, we should always do what is best for everyone in our community.
All these give a warning. Fast progress can sometimes lead to problems, especially when we need to remember the simple things that make life special. Our future should balance the cool new things technology offers with the simple joys of life. As we rush to grow and develop, we are encouraged always to remember to think carefully and face the significant challenges ahead with a discerning heart.
Doc H fondly describes himself as a ‘student of and for life’ who, like many others, aspires to a life-giving and why-driven world that is grounded in social justice and the pursuit of happiness. His views herewith do not necessarily reflect those of the institutions he is employed or connected with.