As the experts battle to predict the future of their respective worlds; I find myself in awe of how little the predictions actually matter to me.
Here’s a list that concerns me.
- Beliefs will continue to act as walls rather than bridges between us.
- Technology will find novel ways of distracting us from our own insecurity and catering to egos that, inherently, separate us from one another.
- Nations, like the people that govern them, will be ruled by self-interest rather than the interests of the populous.
- Children, like their parents, will look to screens to define themselves.
- People will fail to understand that love doesn’t require reciprocation, and that reciprocation heralds, but is not proof of, love.
- A hug, a long glance and a sincere smile will not be replaced by the emoticon.
- Life will go on.
This list isn’t meant to be pessimistic or optimistic — just relevant to me. I don’t have any resolutions but will continue to focus on the mission for my life: turn beliefs in to bridges; create transparent technologies that enable rather than hinder our ability to truly connect; bring power to the populous; remind children they are the authors of their reality; and ensure every person that has ever impacted me knows the role they played in my story.
Best wishes in 2012.