Have We Colonised The Future?

‘We treat the future like a distant colonial outpost devoid of people, where we can freely dump ecological degradation, technological risk, nuclear waste and public debt.’

This is a quote from an article I’ve just published on the BBC Futures website called Why We Need To Reinvent Democracy for the Long-Term.

I’d hugely appreciate if you had a chance to read it, share it, and post any thoughts you have in the comments section below. It contains some of the ideas I’ve been developing for a new book I’m writing on the power of long-term thinking (which explains why I haven’t written a blog post for eight months). At the centre of the book is a simple – yet I believe vital – question: How can we be good ancestors?

For those of you who subscribed to this blog due an interest in the subject of empathy, the book explores the great challenge of how we can empathise with future generations. It’s a tough one – any answers, please let me know!

2 thoughts on “Have We Colonised The Future?

  1. I just got to your chapter on the Future of Empathy in Empathy. Since the book was published in 2014, I was curious about your thoughts on the current state of affairs. As an American living in what seems to be the complete opposite of an empathic world, I’d love to hear more of your thoughts.

  2. Hi Kate
    Thanks for your message. I think it’s clear that some of the issues I raised in the book have expanded into a larger empathic crisis. The ‘us’ versus ‘them’ discourse that I discuss has clearly been magnified in the age of Trump. Also, we are still failing to step into the shoes of future generations and act on the global ecological emergency. My forthcoming book, The Good Ancestor: How To Think Long Term in a Short Term World, particularly addresses this second issue. So these are tough times for the empathy revolution. But I think the actions of Greta Thunberg and others are showing there is another path.
    Best wishes
    Roman

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