Message from the future WE MADE IT!
A JOURNEY INTO OUR NEAR FUTUREThis science-fiction book is not about a dystopian future where humans have to fight for survival. Quite the contrary, it is about a bright future where we have managed to overcome most of our problems. It will show the unity, strength, love, and potential of man.The reader is invited on a journey into the future and gets to experience what life is like there. The main character gets to know a woman, and feelings arise between them. Together, they explore society and have numerous conversations about the difference between our society and theirs.In the future that the book describes, life is brighter, nature cleaner, and our problems mostly solved. The world the protagonist encounters have a far more loving and positive approach to life.
|Message from the future WE MADE IT!|
Author: Henning Jon Grini
Genre: Sci-fi, Fantasy
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The future, – what will it bring? What will it look like? This is a large and fascinating topic
which engages and worries a lot of people. Will we be plagued by escalating environmental
catastrophes and pandemics, or will we succeed in handling and controlling them? Will the
future be full of pollution and plastic, or will it be clean and free from all kinds of littering?
Will we manage to stop – and possibly reverse – the global warming? Will we have a society
characterized by fear and misery, or filled with laughter and joy?
How the future is going to manifest itself is not cut in stone. It is we humans who decide
what is going to happen in the years to come. The future is malleable and depends entirely
on what we do. Still, there are hints and trends that point in certain directions.
Imagination is more important than knowledge, according to Einstein. I have made an
attempt at describing the future based on many years’ interest in this topic, lots of self- studies and long experience in my professional work. Yes, ever since I was a boy I have taken
a great interest in the future. In my room I had a model of the Space Shuttle and futuristic
posters, and I read books about science and the Great Questions. I watched science fiction
movies, and already as a sixteen-year-old in the early eighties I was programming computer
games. Since that time my field of interest has expanded to encompass new societal models, spirituality, extraterrestrial life and more. All of this has become a part of this book.
In me a picture has gradually formed of a potential future far more positive than the
impression one gets when one regards today’s world. One reason for this is the relatively
one-sided focus – especially by the media – on what is wrong and dysfunctional. An
enormous amount of innovations and generally positive things are emerging, but far too
seldom are the camera lenses directed at these. This book is also meant to counterbalance all the gloomy and dystopic scenarios of the
future that are being outlined in such a lot of science fiction books and movies. In my view, how we envision the future is in fact contributing to how that future will become. Precisely
this is an important reason why I have written the book. It also views today’s society as seen
in relation to the future described in the book, as well as the process needed to achieve it. My view of the future is most profoundly bright and positive, but also realistic. Why, and
in what way, you may ask. Because many of the greatest global challenges humanity
struggles with today are on the mend. Wars, for instance, are statistically seen becoming
fewer. In the futuristic scenario I describe we have put a complete ban on such primitive
conduct. This is because of the fact that as our understanding increases, we develop. We
have also seen a dramatic reduction of extreme poverty, and life expectancy has increased.
In addition we now have an expanding cooperation between different nations in order to
solve the problems we face, such as pandemics and the environmental ones. All of this is far
more important, in my opinion, than the technological development, (although this
obviously is also helping to raise our level of conscience). For what are the benefits of
technological development when it can be misused and we are in danger of destroying
ourselves? This is why the human aspect is of such paramount importance, which is exactly
what this book emphasizes so strongly. On the other hand, a lot of new technology is
described in this future world, but it is subordinate to man and only employed for the
benefit of people in a world far more human and friendly than today’s society. Although humanity is progressing, new challenges arise and must be dealt with. Man- made climatic changes are serious and pose a threat to our future. We have arrived at the
Age of Consequences. On the other hand, the climatic changes have an important function
by reminding us that we cannot treat our planet exactly as we wish. The changes in the
climate have made us conscious of the fact that our actions have consequences, and of our
profound connection with Nature. They have made us find environment-friendly solutions, and this development will accelerate. Examples of other challenges we face are misuse of
genetic engineering and increasing loneliness. At the same time, tenacious problems like
social inequality still create great and increasing challenges and suffering, and are large
contributors to the emergence of populistic leaders. The good news is that nearly all our problems already have their solutions, but they are so
thinly distributed throughout the world that only a few people know of all the good solutions
that already exist. As time goes by, these and new solutions will more and more be put to
use all over the world. This is something this book deals with. How far into the future is the plot of the book thought to take place? This question is
something I have left to the reader to imagine, but I can at least say that it is not so very
distant. Some of our children and grandchildren will still be alive in the future I describe, and
even some of the younger readers. The Star Trek series and films are well known. They are set in a future more distant than
the story in this book depicts. Science fiction often describes things that later have become
realities, and Star Trek is no exception. The Star Trek universe was multicultural long before
this was the norm. In the original series the leading role was for the first time on American
television played by an Afro-American woman. Star Trek was apparently the only show
Martin Luther King and his wife allowed their three children to watch. In Star Trek there was
a normal and peaceful coexistence here on Earth with other beings in the Universe. Here
were also the headquarters of The Federation, which was a union between different races. The Federation had abolished money, which in turn had removed the need for buying, selling and competition, as well as greatly reduced greed, jealousy and many other problems. Humanity had conquered illness and poverty. The series was first shown in September 1966, which happens to be the month and year in which I was born. Perhaps I wanted to take part
in the fun?
At the time of writing certain politicians and heads of states appear frightening, but here
it is important to take the long view. Present politicians will long ago have left their political
offices by the time of the future scenario I describe here. As humanity gradually acquires
more empathy and wisdom, our understanding and development will increase, and future
leaders will reflect this.